Theo Epstein: How to Break a 108-Year Losing Streak

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The youngest GM in baseball history, Theo Epstein led the Red Sox to a World Series title after 86 years, and then did the same for the Chicago Cubs after 108 years! What techniques did he use to change the culture of his organization? In this interview, he explains how he chooses players (it has a lot to do with their mindset and resilience!), his theory on taking and giving credit, and the three things you should do if you want to improve your team culture.

Theo Epstein

Spartan Up #240: Theo Epstein 


Lessons From Theo Epstein

  • Understand foundational elements of success  
  • Study your mental makeup  
  • Look inwards for motivation
  • List strengths and weaknesses to make your development plan
  • Know your foundations to be able to make adjustments
  • Have a “mirror & window” business/ personal culture
  • Don’t just talk about the values that you want - demonstrate them
  • Character & connectedness is key

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Theo Epstein Interview:


0:00 Joe De Sena, Colonel Nye & Sefra Alexandra introduce the interview


1:35 Interview with Theo Epstein at Fenway begins

4:00 how to turn a team around

6:00 diving into the unknown of baseball to gain insights

8:00 questioning the process after bad outcomes

10:45 creating a vision everyone can buy into

11:35 managing success

14:40 inheriting a team with 100+ year losing record

16:55 MISFIT.COM/ VAPOR2 break

18:30 31 Habits: #13 Carbs are not the enemy

20:30 Interview continues: identifying amazing players

23:20 Changing your frame of reference: manufacturing adversity

30:19 Joe De Sena, Col. Nye & Sefra discuss the interview

36:48 MISFIT.COM/ VAPOR2 close


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Producer – Marion Abrams, Madmotion, llc.

Hosts: Joe De Sena, Colonel Nye & Sefra Alexandra (Johnny Waite is producing Spartan Races in Asia )

Synopsis – Sefra Alexandra

Production Assistant - Andrea Hagarty

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