EP 33 – David Niethe – School Yard Bullying, Dreaming Big, and Optimising Mental Performance


Today’s conversation is with David Niethe. Dave helps many of New Zealand’s best athletes get the mental edge over their competition, including Lydia Ko, Alex “the chief” Pledger, and Olympic Weightlifter Tracy Lambreches. Dave also works with aspiring youth athletes and their parents to help them be the best they can be.

On the show today Dave and I talk about the struggles he faced in the classroom growing up, getting bullied at school, and managing his dyslexia. We chat about how his life turned around in his teens when he found the gym and the sport of bodybuilding, and as a result, how he fell in love with the art of unlocking mental performance.

With over 20 years of experience, Dave is a sought-after keynote speaker and an internationally recognised mental performance coach. In this episode, Dave shares some of his tools and tactics to build self-awareness, establish a strong sense of self, and optimise performance.

Highlights from the Show

  • What Dave learnt from getting his biscuits stolen by the schoolyard bully
  • Failure, and why we need to think about it differently
  • How to empower youth athletes to dream big and why it’s so important
  • Dave’s advice for how to achieve unthinkable success

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