Cultivating Empathy and Curiosity with Reggie Walker
This week we have Reggie Walker on the show!
Reggie is a former NFL athlete and team captain, playing with the Arizona Cardinals, San Diego Chargers and Denver Broncos. Reggie learned early on that he is capable of accomplishing anything he sets his mind to - he has a unique blend of unbreakable resilience and determination. During his college football career, Reggie never started more than half of a season while also battling anxiety, depression, and abuse. Even with these challenges, he was able to recognize his own abilities and make it to the NFL.
Reggie is now a personal coach, guiding others to find their purpose through their personal growth and business journeys. He’s also a grad student for School and Clinical Counseling and has been featured on TEDx.
You can’t always be given the tools necessary to succeed but you can cultivate them. -Reggie Walker
In this episode, we discussed:
When Reggie first discovered football as a child and his early love for the game
Reggie’s early trauma emerging in college and the difficulties he faced
How his difficult college career prepared him for the NFL
Learning through trial and error and the value of life experience
When Reggie knew it was time to walk away from the game and the initial transition
How treatment and community allowed Reggie to heal
The power of journaling to cultivate emotional intelligence
How the professional sports prepares you for the world
Reggie’s vision for the future and advice for individuals going through transition