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Episode 77: Dana Cavalea, Habits of a Champion

November 27, 2018 No Comments

Episode 77: Dana Cavalea, Habits of a Champion

November 27, 2018 No Comments
Dana Cavalea

A big part of being successful is learning to set yourself apart from the crowd. What can I be the best at? That’s a question this week’s guest asked himself many years ago, which ultimately set him on the path to success. Dana Cavalea spent his entire professional career in sports with the New York Yankees, starting at the bottom and working his way up to be their director of strength and conditioning. He doesn’t sugarcoat the hard work it took, just as he doesn’t sugarcoat what made the star players he worked with the best of the best.

It takes talent, consistency, and efficiency, says Cavalea. The people who reach the top do it because they can see their own strengths, capitalize on them, and don’t waste time with busy work. They learn to find the strategy that they need to get ahead. Sometimes it means slowing down, cutting out the distractions, and pushing yourself to hit the marks you need to hit.

What You’ll Learn:

  • Identify your own talents and strengths
  • Double down on building and capitalizing on your best attributes
  • Slow down, quiet the noise, and focus on one task at a time
  • How to find the mechanics of your own success
  • Listen to your intuition


“Whenever you’re hurt and whenever you’re not feeling 100 percent about yourself in any way, there is a level of vulnerability.” – Dana Cavalea

“The more willing you are to push yourself in a workout and training to get outside that comfort zone, the more you are in life. There’s a direct correlation to the individual that will take the initiative and the discipline to push themselves harder.” – Jake Thompson

“Consistency and efficiency combined with talent equals greatness.”
-Dana Cavalea

“The best of the best are the best because they know what they need.”
-Dana Cavalea

“Success is actually about day to day execution of the little things. Do it over and over again and you’re building every day. You’re putting a little more on the pile.” -Dana Cavalea

Contact: You can follow Dana on his website at danacavalea.com, on Instagram @TheRealCoachD, and on Twitter @DanaCavalea

Jake Thompson

Jake Thompson is a professional speaker and coach who helps ambitious leaders win their work, workouts, and life. As founder of Compete Every Day, he has spent years studying great competitors, and with this research, has created a process that can help leaders harness a Competitor's mindset to make better choices and in turn, make bigger impacts in their careers and personal life.

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