Chris Wirth is somebody who cares deeply about positivity, resilience, and persistence. He thinks often about the question of “What does it take to be successful?” Chris has a podcast (No Quit Living), has written a book (The Positivity Tribe), and has many speaking engagements. Chris is also somebody who is all about refusing to lose and refusing to quit. Chris and I discuss what quitting is, and also what it’s not and what that distinction really looks like.
In this episode, we discuss Chris’s upbringing (5:00), how his younger sister’s passing away affected him (7:05), what his parents’ messages were to him at this time of loss and grief (8:09), some of the values his parents passed down to him (9:36), how he defines and thinks about love (10:28), how his thoughts on love have changed over time (11:15), what the opposite of love is (13:05), the conversations had in is household growing up about helping others, and also the conversations had about money (18:23), what he wanted to do with his life when he was younger (19:36), what he would do to set his mind before stepping foot on the basketball court, tennis court, or the acting stage in college, and how his mindset would differ depending on what he was performing in (21:10), how those experiences as a performer shaped what he does today (26:20), his parents’ involvements with Broadway productions and how that influenced him (28:18), what allows for the success of performers like the Jersey Boys (32:28), what acting and improv has taught him (39:04), his journey after college and where he’s at now (41:32), what his experience as a High School Varsity Basketball Coach was like (50:23), the transitions away from various things that he loved that have occurred later on in his life (52:20), the balance between taking care of your marriage and taking care of your kids (56:15), the idea that “quitting” is short-term and “changing” is long-term, and what pulled him into the world of self-help/personal development (1:01:52), what his vision is for 3-5 years from now (1:05:43), his new book “The Positivity Tribe” (1:07:07), and what he does to intentionally set his mind (1:08:50).
I wrote a book called “Shift Your Mind” that was released in October of 2020, and you can order it on Amazon and Barnes and Noble. Additionally, I have launched a company called Strong Skills, and I encourage you to check out our new website https://www.strongskills.co/. If you liked this episode and/or any others, please follow me on Twitter: @brianlevenson or Instagram: @Intentional_Performers.
Thanks for listening.