Interview with All Black, award winning Rugby Player and Coach Scott Robertson - January 2010
Oli Hille and Scott Robertson
Scott Robertson was an All Black from 1998 – 2002 and played 23 tests. He scored four test tries for the All Blacks.
Scott Robertson was also in the Canterbury Crusaders team that won the Super 12 competition in 1998, 1999, 2000, and 2002. He scored a total of 16 tries in the Super 12 competition. He was named Super 12 Player of the Year in 2000.
The interview was a lot of fun. Scott Robertson is down to earth, interesting and honest. We catch up regularly to talk business, entrepreneurship and sport.
OH: What advice would you give yourself if you could talk to yourself at age 17?
SR: Your perceived mistakes are actually what you learn from and next time the same thing happens you will have the skills to get it right.
OH: How can a young person today achieve great things?
SR: Have belief in themselves.
OH: What wise words have been important to you in your life?
SR: Be yourself. My Dad always told me that.
OH: What is the best advice you have ever received?
SR: Be the difference. So for example when playing rugby, instead of just playing, “be the difference” on the field.
[Interviewer’s note: This is fantastic Lifestyle advice. I wish I had this attitude throughout my life.]
OH: What mistake have you learned the most from?
SR: Every mistake where I haven’t listened to my gut feeling. I’ve learned that if my gut feeling is no, then I shouldn’t go there.
OH: What activity has been the biggest waste of time in your life?
SR: Watching TV.
OH: Who are your heroes and role models?
SR: My Dad. And Michael Jones (All Black).
OH: What are the reasons you have succeeded while many others who have tried have not succeeded?
SR: I had real desire. And I had determination.
OH: If a score of 10 means that you have lived your life to its fullest potential, what score out of 10 would you give yourself on your life to date?
OH: What would you have had to do differently to be able to score a 10?
SR: I didn’t manage my transition from my playing career to the next stage of my career very well. And I needed to have more balance in my life.
When you are a professional sports person you have a total focus on the next game. Every week is focused on Saturday. You have all your goals and attitude and focus tied up in the upcoming game. Then when you retire that all immediately stops! Suddenly the focus you had is gone. A lot of guys (ex-players) struggle with this transition.
OH: What does a person need to do if they want to realise their dreams?
SR: First you have to know what your dreams are!
Next you have to break down your dreams into detail.
Finally you have to plan to achieve them.
[Interviewer’s note: This advice is gold. It is an excellent summary of how to achieve life goals.]
OH: If you could start again and dedicate your life to one cause, what would it be?
OH: What is the most important lesson you have learned in life?
SR: That what you think about yourself will determine how you feel. Your state of mind is the most important thing in how you feel and what outcomes you achieve.
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