EP 40 – Keven Mealamu – Growing up in Tokoroa, How to Keep Motivated and Finding Your Passion


“Growing up as a youngster, going onto the field, there were a couple of things my dad would always say, work hard today son, and be humble.”

This conversation is with Keven Mealamu, one of the best All Blacks of all time. Keven made his international rugby debut in 2002 against Wales at the Millennium Stadium and in an illustrious career, appeared 132 times for the team, including being an integral part of two successful world cup wining campaigns. Keven was also the first player is history to made 150 appearances for one Super Rugby franchise, playing in total 164 games for the Auckland Blues.

In this episode, I chat with Keven about his childhood experiences, his passion for art and where he gets his inspiration from, conversations he had with his dad growing up, the challenges of parenting two teenage children, his rugby journey, and much more.

Highlights from the show include:

  • Growing up in the small town of Tokoroa, New Zealand
  • Value-based parenting
  • What is means to be Samoan
  • Lessons from the All Blacks on developing culture and getting better
  • The importance of humility
  • Finding your passion
  • The comforts of home for a professional rugby player
  • Mindfulness
  • Finding balance in a busy world
  • Identifying and doubling down on your strengths
  • What made Keven so good
  • Overcoming challenge and pressure
  • How to keep motivated when things get hard
  • How staying curious can optimise opportunity