#021 Meet Dan Gable
I’ve never called anyone a “living legend” before. And I’m glad because that phrase should be reserved for someone like Dan Gable. He’s even been inducted into the United World Wrestling’s Hall of Fame in the Legend category (only the third person to have that honor).
Dan is a world famous wrestler with a champion’s mindset. When he attended Iowa State University, his record was 117-1. His only loss was in his final match to Larry Owings.
He set NCAA records in winning and pin streaks—and the pin streak still holds.
After losing that one game, Dan decided he didn’t ever want to lose again. He went on to wrestle in a variety of international tournaments. And in 1972, he competed in the Summer Olympics. He won the gold medal without surrendering a single point.
He went on to become a wrestling coach and he holds the distinction of Iowa’s all-time winningest coach from 1976 to 1997. He’s also coached many other teams, including several Olympic teams over the years.
So I was excited to talk to Dan about how he developed a mindset that helped him be so successful. And he opened up not just about his wrestling success, but also about some of the personal tragedy he endured. His sister was murdered in his home when he was a teenager and he’s carried around some guilt his entire life about it happening. But he also learned a lot from going through that heartache.
Some of the things Dan and I discuss:
“Everybody gets better as you get older. So you have to define yourself and make more of a commitment.”
“But there was things that happened in my life that actually made me more disciplined to the point where I believe I could stay with that discipline longer than anybody else.”
“A lot of people say, you gotta win for yourself. I believe if I win for myself, it’s going to affect somebody else more even more than me.”
“The mentally strong are our most important people.”
“You can call it a weakness, but I don’t really look at weaknesses. I call them less strengths because I don’t want to think any of my kids have weaknesses. They’re strong. Some are just stronger than others.”
Dan’s website – https://dangable.com/
Follow Dan on Facebook – https://www.facebook.com/DanGableWrestler/
Follow Dan on Twitter – https://twitter.com/dannygable
Dan’s Book – A Wrestling Life
Dan’s Book – A Wrestling Life 2
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