Published December 2021 on Spotfiy

600: Metta World Peace | Mettaphorically Speaking

1. Introduction

Metta's Struggles:Metta World Peace shares a personal story about being bullied and how it affected his mental health. He opens up about his struggles and how it's important to be mindful of what others might be going through.+
Metta's Mental Health:Metta shares his journey of overcoming negative programming and mental health struggles in the aftermath of the infamous "Malice at the Palace" incident. He discusses the importance of therapy and self-reflection, and how he has found peace and purpose in helping others.+

2. Name Change Evolution

Name Change Evolution:Metta shares the evolution of his name changes, from wanting to activate himself to discovering his interest in self-discovery and meditation. He explains how he landed on the name Metta World Peace and legally changed it.+
Growing Up in Queensbridge:Metta discusses his childhood growing up in Queensbridge, including the challenges of opportunities for drugs and violence, limited education options, and the pressure of starting a family at a young age.+

3. Family and Money

Family and Money:Metta shares his experience of growing up in a large family and how he had to restrategize how he helps them financially. He talks about the importance of giving experiences and education instead of just money.+
Growing Up Rough:Metta shares his experience growing up in poverty and how he turned to basketball to avoid getting involved in drugs and crime. He talks about the challenges of fatherhood and how he had his first child at 18.+

4. Metta's Troubled Past

Metta's Troubled Past:Metta (formerly known as Ron Artest) shares his troubled past with Jordan, including learning how to cook crack at a young age and his history of anger management issues that got him suspended from school and the NBA.+
Fighting for Survival:Metta shares how growing up in Queensbridge made him develop a mentality of always standing up for himself and never letting anyone bully him. He talks about how small incidents would trigger him to fight, and how he had to build his own personal army to protect himself.+

5. Overcoming Adversity

Bullying and Violence:Metta shares his experiences with bullying and violence growing up in his neighborhood, including a story about almost using scissors to defend himself. He also discusses the tragic incidents of violence that have affected talented basketball players from his area.+
Big Money:Metta World Peace talks about signing a $42 million contract at age 22 and the panic that came with it. He discusses how he never prepared to have that much money and how getting suspended the first year of the contract affected him.+

6. Coping with Alcohol

Metta discusses his struggles with alcohol during his NBA career and how it was a way for him to avoid his problems. He shares how he would show up to practice drunk and how it was a major problem for him.+

7. Sponsors

Jordan Harbinger talks about the impact of poverty on mental health and how GiveDirectly and Better Help are helping people living in extreme poverty and struggling with mental health issues.+

8. Balancing Work and Basketball

Balancing Work and Basketball:Metta explains why he got a part-time job at Circuit City while playing for the Bulls, citing the need to stay out of trouble and wanting to work. He also admits to wanting the employee discount despite earning over a million dollars a year.+
NBA Player's Part-Time Job:Metta World Peace talks about his experience working at Circuit City while playing in the NBA, and how he needed the discount to take care of his family. He also discusses his backup plan of becoming a math teacher and his initial major in architecture.+

9. Metta's Media Life

Metta's Antics:Metta (formerly known as Ron Artest) talks about his decision to choose basketball over architecture, his struggles with small problems overwhelming him, and his infamous antics both on and off the court.+
Life in the Media:Metta World Peace talks about his experiences with the media, including his infamous brawl, and how public perception affected his life. He also discusses his mindset during those moments and his personal reasons for working out.+

10. Achieving Greatness

Reacting to Violence:Metta and Jordan discuss the aftermath of the infamous "Malice at the Palace" incident, where Metta reacted violently to being hit with a beer. They explore the concept of self-defense and the instinctual nature of anger, both on and off the court.+
Achieving Greatness:Metta World Peace discusses his competitive attitude and how emotional management could have helped him achieve even more success in the NBA. He also talks about his goals to be the best and how that mindset still drives him today.+

11. Overcoming Regrets

Metta's Regrets:Metta talks about the awards he could have won if he didn't make mistakes during his NBA career, but he's come to terms with it and is grateful for what he has achieved.+
Sports Therapy for Mental Health:Metta World Peace and Jordan Harbinger discuss the importance of sports therapy in handling mental health issues among athletes. They also touch on the role of family as the foundation for mental health and the irrational levels of competitiveness in sports.+

12. Overcoming Insecurity

Metta discusses his insecurities and how they manifested in his behavior after losing games. He shares how he coped with his feelings and learned to be okay with second place.+

13. Sponsors

Metta shares his journey of overcoming emotional instability and how he found success in the NBA. He emphasizes the importance of mental health and how seeking help can make a significant impact on one's life.+

14. Mental Health and Dogs

Winning and Mental Health:Metta World Peace talks about how he struggled with being present during games and how therapy helped him focus on the present moment. He also discusses how he was not afraid that therapy and medication would hurt his game, and how he thanked his psychologist on national TV after winning the championship.+
Metta's Dog Drama:Metta World Peace shares his experiences with mental health, including his diagnoses of depression and anxiety. He also discusses his love for animals and the struggles he faced trying to take care of his dogs, including building a giant doghouse and kennel. Despite his efforts, his dogs kept getting hit by cars, leading him to give up on owning dogs altogether.+

15. Mental Health and Comedy

Mental Health Empowerment:Metta discusses his personal experience with mental health and his mission to empower others to seek mental health services. He also explains how his foundation is now focused on teaching the importance of parenting and partnerships to young children.+
Mental Health Commitment:Metta World Peace shares his commitment to mental health awareness and discusses the importance of empowering families with tools to get through adversity. He also talks about his personal experience and the impact of parents' behavior on their children.+
Metta's Comedy Tour:Metta World Peace talks about his passion for comedy and entertainment, how he used the NBA media to get attention, and his stand-up comedy tour. He also reflects on his past interviews and sound bites that were meant to be funny and entertaining.+

16. Athlete's Business Career

Athlete's Business Career:Metta shares his experience with business and retirement as an athlete, including the importance of early education and finding trustworthy agents and managers. He also discusses his interest in taking control of his career and pursuing his series 7 when retiring.+
Metta's Retirement Plans:Metta World Peace talks about his retirement plans and how he decided to pursue digital marketing after going back to college. He shares his experience working with digital marketing companies and building brands, including his own company Buttercloth, which is now doing 10 million in revenue.+
NBA's Physicality:Metta World Peace discusses the physicality of the NBA in different eras, stating that the rules are now soft but the players are still aggressive. He also shares his thoughts on how players like Steph Curry would have performed in his era.+

17. Outro

Jordan shares tips on how to connect with great people and manage relationships using the same system, software, and tiny habits that he uses every single day. He also offers a free Six-Minute Networking course on his website.+