Your Weekly Game Plan with Scott Fichter - EP0014 - Episode Drop Date: April, 22nd, 2022

About Scott Fichter 

Owner and Co-Creator of the NO SLACK JUST HUSTLE brand, Scott Fichter was born and raised in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. 

He was a two-sport athlete (football, track and field) in both high school and college. After college, Scott had tryouts to play professional football for the Pittsburgh Steelers and Philadelphia Soul. He then pursued a career as a teacher, coach, entrepreneur, and fitness professional.

Previously, Scott was a Group Fitness Instructor and Personal Trainer working with individuals of all ages from all fitness backgrounds for over ten (10) years. Now, he has created a Speed and Agility Training Program for youth and teen athletes and also a Combine Training Program for High School and Collegiate Football Players

In 2021, Scott became a Certified Life Coach and a #1 Best Selling Author with his first book, The Weekly Game Plan! His book is the ultimate guide for creating your best year! 

He is now expanding into the supplement world with NO SLACK JUST HUSTLE supplements to help people create a game plan to experience success in their HEALTH, WELLNESS, and FITNESS journey to achieve life-changing results!

Episode Transcription


[00:00:00] Intro/Outro: Welcome to the Survive Soar Scale podcast. Hear and learn through the success of others how to build the life and business you deserve. Learn to overcome failure, and what it means to seek out how to become the best possible version of yourself. And now here's your host, coach, entrepreneur, husband, and father, and author of the number one bestselling book, Survive Scale Soar, Jeremy Williams.

[00:00:32] Jeremy Williams: Welcome back. This is Jeremy Williams and you're tuning into the Survive Scale Soar podcast. The podcast for the entrepreneur built by entrepreneurs. Today, I'll be joined by Scott Fichter, founder of the No Slack, Just Hustle community and best-selling author of The Weekly Game Plan: The Ultimate Guide for Creating Your Best Year.

[00:00:52] We talk about sports, overcoming and reframing failure, health and supplements, and more. Before we get started with our [00:01:00] guest, a quick reminder if today's episode moves you, makes you think differently, makes you laugh, or you know it may help someone , be sure to share it. 

Scott, welcome to the show. How are you doing today?

[00:01:12] Scott Fichter: I'm doing great. Jeremy, how are you?

[00:01:15] Jeremy Williams: Doing wonderful. It's Good Friday. I’m taking time out today to relax and spend time with family. I’m looking forward to it, how about you?

[00:01:25] Scott Fichter: I’m doing the same thing and celebrating the day. Giving thanks and hanging out with my wife and kids.

[00:01:31] Jeremy Williams: Awesome.

[00:01:32] Scott, I met you through Mike's Inner Circle; a great group of men and women that come together and share and help each other out. You're a best-selling author of The Weekly Game Plan. That's what I want to talk to you about today. Before we get to the book could you share a little bit about yourself?

[00:01:54] Scott Fichter: Yes. My journey started in high school through athletics as [00:02:00] it was the foundational piece of me. Everything I did surrounded athletics and has led me up to this point now. Through that time I had trials and failures, and it is actually how I kicked off my book, The Weekly Game Plan, with my last collegiate event which was an epic failure.

[00:02:17] It's crazy how in life things can affect you a lot longer than you think. I dwelled on it for years until I was finally able to overcome that obstacle and that failure. It changed everything in my life as far as perspective and mindset. I’ve experienced a lot of growth in my journey, and throughout my experience from sports, teaching, and entrepreneurship.

[00:02:47] Jeremy Williams: For those listening today, Scott, you played some college ball, and from my understanding, you almost became a pro football player.

[00:02:55] Scott Fichter: Yes, I was this close. I was inches [00:03:00] away. I was at the tryouts. I got to go through everything. The one thing that hindered me is something I couldn't even fix.

[00:03:07] It was my hand size. My hands were too small as a receiver, and that place a huge asterisk next to my name. So it hurts.

[00:03:18] Jeremy Williams: I didn't even make it that far. I was not the most talented athlete. I was a hard worker, but not a talented athlete. What you accomplished is incredible.

[00:03:29] What was it that you dealt with in those years, during that struggle, what was your mindset? Was it something that made you think that you weren't good enough to do the next thing, or were simply stuck?

[00:03:41] Scott Fichter: It was the fear of failing again because I was familiar with having success in sports.

[00:03:49] I was successful in school and many different things. Not to say I was successful everytime, yet even if I failed, I was able to get out of it. [00:04:00] You do sports your whole life and then you're faced with the last event that you ever do.

[00:04:08] You have a chance to go to Nationals and you fail, and not just myself, but I failed my team. I hate letting people down. That thought scared me for a very long time that I’m going to let somebody else down. If I do, how can I recover from that? How am I going to overcome it?

[00:04:27] How am I able to prove myself? A lot of self doubt was in my mind throughout that time.

[00:04:34] Jeremy Williams: So a lot of self-doubt, and it sounds like you dealt with this for a period of time. What was the thing that shifted your mindset to look at failure through a different lens?

[00:04:48] Scott Fichter: My wife and I went to an event in Sacramento, California. I just went through some trauma with my family that was burdening as well, [00:05:00] and we went to Sacramento with an open mind of what we can learn here. What can we do to grow here and bring it back?

[00:05:08] We ended up meeting a guy who lives in, I believe Texas, and we sat down at dinner and just talked. We took in everything from that event, and we opened up about what was holding us back. I went deep into it instead of just being like I screwed up here. I looked at it more collectively and in depth to find out what was holding me back all this time. It was that one failure.

[00:05:36] You wouldn't think it'd be that big of a deal because it's not like I talked about it. It's not like it was a conversation. I go up to people and say, “Hey, I lost my last event”, but it's there in the back of your mind until you release it. I finally got to the point of being able to talk about it with my wife and another individual, a good friend, to let it out into the world and [00:06:00] realize that it's okay.

[00:06:01] That is what took me to the next level of leaving it go and starting fresh.

[00:06:08] Jeremy Williams: Yes, sometimes the smallest things are the things that we consider the least significant things that lead to the greatest roadblocks. It's awesome that you're able to find that by diving deep. I think the other challenge is that a lot of people when dealing with something like that just want to go in and attack it from surface level.

[00:06:28] It might temporarily fix it, but it's still there. You've got to acknowledge it and deal with it in order to move forward. When you had that shift in mindset, what led you to your next step? What did you do after you figured this out?

[00:06:46] Scott Fichter: I humbled myself greatly. Growing up in that success realm, I didn't learn as much as I should have because things came easy.

[00:06:58] With that [00:07:00] struggle, I learned you need to take a step back. Yes, you may like being a leader, you may like helping people, but you need to take some time and actually learn and grow because this is a different part of your life. Sports are gone, and I’m 30 years old.

[00:07:19] You're a 30 year old man, sports are done. You're not going to have another trial. That is the past now. It’s now on to your future, and you have to learn differently because I'm no longer going out to train for a sporting event. I have to train for life. I have to train for my business, my wife, and the business we have. I have to train for being a dad, being a Christian, and being a husband.

[00:07:42] I had to take a step back and start to grow, start to learn. That was probably the biggest change because I had to approach it just like sports. Right? When I was a kid starting at four or five years old, what'd we do? We learned, we grew, [00:08:00] and we listened to our coaches. It was time to do that for life.

[00:08:04] Jeremy Williams: That's awesome. I have some friends that have been at that level in their sports career. I know a couple of people that have been Olympic gold medalists, and I'm sure you've seen others experience this in their journey; those that have had a high level of success in their athletic career and now face these challenges. Is this a common issue?

[00:08:25] Scott Fichter: Yes. With the athletes that I have talked to that transition, it's hard because there’s that minuscule chance to make it to the level they have. We all understand that this time is limited, but if you have the heart and the belief that you can.

[00:08:45] Even if you do make it, there's always an end point; unless you're Tom Brady. It can’t be forever. You see this a lot in the sports world of [00:09:00] the struggles faced when the game ends for them because it is all they’ve known.

[00:09:05] This is what I've known. This is what I've trained for, and I didn't think of what was next because I thought this would always be here. There is a lot of struggle that athletes go through that I’ve talked to over the years. 

[00:09:21] Jeremy Williams: Before we get into the book, by the way, it’s a great book, share with me what you do. I know you coach and work with athletes, and you have these conversations with them. Tell me about this.

[00:09:33] Scott Fichter: Our brand is No Slack, just Hustle. We have grown it into an opportunity to work with athletes in regards to their training.

[00:09:44] We do Combine training for specific sports including football this year, and we're launching our first speed agility camp. We work with athletes across all ages. In June, we will be launching our supplement line to help [00:10:00] people from a health and wellness standpoint.

[00:10:02] That's what we do. We look at people holistically and try to help their mindset, which is a focus of the book. Health and wellness, which are supplements, and then the fitness aspect, which are some of the classes that we have in partnership with fitness professionals. We provide the holistic approach to health because it's the one thing that sticks with you forever.

[00:10:22] That can be an advantage or a disadvantage depending on how much you take care of it.

[00:10:28] Jeremy Williams: Yes, absolutely. I truly believe in health equals wealth, and health is not one of the things I'm really good at. It's been a journey for me, and it’s something that I'm working on. I see many in my industry struggle with health.

[00:10:41] I primarily work with real estate agents, and they're always on the go. They're always eating so bad, and they don't get their sleep in. They're not exercising, and you see the longevity of their career greatly shortened. It's sad because like sports, Real Estate agents [00:11:00] identify with their businesses, and they get to a point where they just can't do it anymore.

[00:11:03] They don't want to do it. They don't have the energy to do it.

[00:11:09] Scott Fichter: Yes, that struggle is always there. It doesn't have to be just sports. It can be real estate, or being a teacher, like myself. I've seen teachers experiencing burnout from everything that we've endured over the past couple of years.

[00:11:25] It can be anything, right?

[00:11:28] Jeremy Williams: Absolutely. It's all mindset. A lot of it comes down to mindset. You talk about this in your book. Tell me about your book, The Weekly Game Plan: The Ultimate Guide for Creating Your Best Year.

[00:11:45] Scott Fichter: I had initially written something else, and as I was thinking more about the book, I realized the writing was focused on me.

[00:11:58] I thought, [00:12:00] I don't want this to be about me. I want it to be about the reader, you. I completely scrapped it, revamped it, and moved forward. I researched other books, I watched several videos on the topics via YouTube, and I was thinking to myself, what can I give to people to serve them even when I'm not sitting in front of them.

[00:12:23] That's how we created the book to make it a game plan that you can take a journey on every week. I help you plan out your whole year. It covers every single day. And then, the next year you can do it again because when we develop game plans for life, it's not just doing it once, it's developing that routine that takes you to your dream.

[00:12:47] You must be consistent with those things. Every chapter starts with a story. Some stories are from my personal life, and [00:13:00] we've changed some names to protect individuals’ identities. We made some tweaks so that instead of a football player, the character was a dancer, but we made the stories about real people that you might encounter throughout life.

[00:13:12] We give a message about how to use the lesson from that story. From the specific topic, you will gain a lesson, and my favorite part of what we did with the book was the implementation, asking you questions, writing down your goals and keeping a journal of what you did each day to achieve that goal.

[00:13:34] One of the most important things I’ve learned over the years is the importance of keeping a journal. Most don’t know that I have a journal, yet I keep a journal because what it does for you is make things real. When you read it back, it has more power.

[00:13:51] Jeremy Williams: I journal too. I love how at the end of each chapter, there's [00:14:00] something to implement. There are a lot of books out there you can buy; a lot of great books. There are few that give you action steps to implement.

[00:14:09] I really like this about your book.

[00:14:12] Scott Fichter: This was important to me because I came from a mindset of words without action means nothing. If I tell you something and I don't do it, there's no value. The value comes from the actual implementation, taking action, doing what you need to do because of the book. You can even see the importance of this in the introduction of my book.

[00:14:34] It's all about you as the reader. It's not about me. This isn't my journey anymore. This is now your journey. We're just a part of it to help you.

[00:14:42] Jeremy Williams: That's awesome. It's a great book. I haven't shared with my kids, yet that is my plan because I think it's appropriate for their personal growth. I've got a 13 year old and an almost 16 year old about to drive, which is scary.

[00:14:58] The [00:15:00] lessons in the book are something that I think would be good for them too. How do people find you? Someone is listening in today, and based on what you shared today, connected, and they want to learn more about your book. The listeners want to learn more about your brand.

[00:15:21] Scott Fichter: Right now they can connect with us through social media. We have our Facebook community group called No Slack, Just Hustle. In this group, we are connecting with people by providing additional insights and motivation for their journey.

[00:15:37] We're expanding into our supplement brand. The supplements are called No Slack, Just Hustle Sups. We’ve connected our offerings through this site, and you can also find the book here. You have access to some of the professionals that we’ve worked with from fitness and health and wellness.

[00:15:58] Get connected. [00:16:00] We are building a community for everyone to get engaged in their growth journey. You can also find us on Instagram at @noslackjusthustle 

[00:16:14] Jeremy Williams: If someone would like a copy of the book, how do they get it?

[00:16:17] Scott Fichter: You can send a message to the No Slack, Just Hustle community group on Facebook.

[00:16:21] You can also find the book for sale on Amazon. We have that link on the supplement on our site. When we go live on June 1st, you will be able to purchase supplements too.

[00:16:38] Jeremy Williams: Congratulations on the new launch.

[00:16:40] Before we go, one more question. Our listeners are small business owners, or they're wanting to grow a small business, or maybe they're in the corporate world ready to leave and start something new, what is one piece of advice that you could give to a small business owner [00:17:00] today?

[00:17:02] Scott Fichter: That's a good question. That one piece of advice I'd give is to keep going, keep pushing. If it's something that you want to do, find your why for doing it and go deep with it. Have the understanding “I want to do this for freedom”. Go deep with why you want to pursue the journey; seven levels deep.

[00:17:24] I encourage you to talk with someone. I suggest a spouse if you're married because I think there's a lot of power because whether your spouse is an owner of the business or not, you're in it together because that's how life works when you're married. Go seven levels deep.

[00:17:41] Another question to ask is why do you want it? When you arrive at an answer, ask more questions and keep going deep, find your why. Keep your big why at the forefront, and just keep going. It might take a year, might take a month. It might take 10 years, but if it's a dream and it's something you're truly passionate about, you can succeed.

[00:17:59] You [00:18:00] have to believe it, and then put it into the universe.

[00:18:04] Jeremy Williams: That's awesome advice. I one hundred percent agree with you on this. I run my business, yet my wife is very involved in it. She's also my CPA, so I've got to cook her a nice steak every once in a while.

[00:18:18] Thank you Scott for being on the show today. Scott Fichter, No Slack, Just Hustle, and bestselling author of The Weekly Game Plan. Thank you Scott for being here today.

[00:18:30] Scott Fichter: Thanks Jeremy. I appreciate it, and God Bless everybody.

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