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Episode 61: Making It to The Show, Becoming a Best Selling Author and Overcoming Identity in Work – Dirk Hayhurst

August 17th, 2022

Former big leaguer Dirk Hayhurst shares on Episode 61 how he became a New York Times best selling author writing four books, battled anxiety when getting the ultimate call up and his journey on the other side of playing. 

Here are a few of the highlights from our conversation…

1. Why writing is the most useful tip he recommends in helping process outcomes on the field and how he saw Roy Halladay do the same as a teammate

2. How he was struck with anxiety when initially called up to the big leagues and getting a shot as a broadcaster on national TV and what he focused on to seek calming his nerves

3. Why athletes struggle with identity issues when playing ends and why he suggests understanding skill sets and likes versus resurrecting identity in a new career

4. His advice for former players navigating the interview process and how to best communicate the experiences baseball provides to stand out against other applicants

Dirk’s story shows that life is an never ending process of reinventing yourself.

To connect with Dirk, you can visit his website at or find him on LinkedIn.

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