Chris Lambert: Competition

In today’s show of Words with Friends, Phil interviews Chris Lambert, a former professional sprinter from England. Chris, a Harvard graduate is also an Olympian.

Our main topic for today’s show is the word, “competition”.

We start this show by attempting to define what competition truly means. Athletes, professionals, and entrepreneurs have to deal with competition daily. But, are you really competing with your peers? Or are YOU your biggest competitor? Chris who managed to compete at the highest levels in professional sports has some interesting insights to share on this topic.

The ONE thing that makes the difference between winning and losing is often how you handle the pressure. While some people cave in, others relish high-pressure situations. So, how can you develop the mental fortitude to handle pressure and give your 110% every time? Topics discussed here include tips for overcoming your fear of losing and the importance of enjoying some downtime.

We talk a great deal about racism in sports. Are elite athletes discriminated against based on their race and color? Is a Black man or woman more likely to encounter unfair treatment? And, can you overcome inequality through superlative performance? 

Chris also goes on to share his take on the Black Lives Matter moment and some of his experiences from the corporate world.

Tune in for some thought-provoking insights!

What You Will Learn In This Show

  • Why your true competition is with your own self
  • How to handle the high-pressure situation and perform at your peak level
  • Racial inequality in professional sports
  • Can you overcome bias and racial inequality through superlative performance?
  • And much, much more…


“We need to internalize the concept of competition because the idea is to get the best out of ourselves”.

“Competition is not something to be scared of. It is something that helps you raise your game going forward”.

“The body cannot live without the mind”.

“That 110%…that additional 10% makes you find abilities that did not have before. And you cannot do that unless you put yourself in a pressure situation”.

“The notion of achievement was acknowledged as beyond my reach due to the color of my skin”.

“If you give people to rise to the top, you get the best of them”.


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Phil M Jones

Phil M Jones has made it his life’s work to demystify the sales process, reframe what it means to “sell,” and help his audiences to learn new skills that empower confdence, overcome fears and instantaneously impact their results.