NBA Legend Detlef Schrempf: Giving Back [Built in Seattle Ep. #36]
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NBA Legend Detlef Schrempf: Giving Back [Built in Seattle Ep. #36]

Detlef Schrempf, 3x NBA All-star and Director of Business Development at Coldstream, talks about winning cultures, lifelong learning, and giving back.

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Detlef Schrempf is an NBA legend. He played 16 seasons and over 1,000 games. He was a 2-time Olympian and 3-time NBA All-Star.

But he didn’t disappear after basketball. He's now Director of Business Development at Coldstream capital, active in philanthropy, and spending time giving back to the community.

He told me the transition out of basketball was hard. It took work to start over. Even after so much success he said that "every day to me is a learning experience."

Detlef shares his lessons on this episode of The Built in Seattle Podcast

He went behind the scenes on his basketball career, the challenges he faced transitioning to business, giving back, and the common sense principles that guide his life.

Episode Highlights

  • How the Sonics built a winning culture in the 90s.
  • Why he got locked out of local gyms in college.
  • How he learned to calm down, focus, and do less.
  • Why he stopped trying to get a bigger house and car.
  • How the Sonics defensive strategy got players to check their ego.
  • Lessons from guarding Michael Jordan or Stockton/Malone.
  • How self affirmations helped overcome doubt in reaching new levels.
  • Why business is not like hitting a winning shot for 20K screaming fans.
  • The questions he asked to find motivation after the NBA.
  • Why he started a foundation to help children.
  • How simple principles create clarity.
  • Why he reads and how we should use books.
  • Taking action to Erase the Hate.