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On Purpose with Jay Shetty

Charles Leclerc: 6 Ways to Mentally Reset After Challenges in Life & How to Change Your Mindset on Learning From Mistakes

Mon May 27 2024
Formula OneRacingMotivationPersonal GrowthChallengesSuccess

Description

This episode features an interview with Charles Leclerc, a Ferrari Formula One driver. Leclerc shares insights into his meticulous planning, positive mindset, and the challenges of racing. He discusses the influence of his father, dealing with criticism, emotional challenges in Formula One, and the balance between racing and personal life. Leclerc also talks about motivation, personal growth, and the importance of setting realistic goals. Throughout the episode, he emphasizes the value of staying humble, being grateful, and working hard.

Insights

Booking.com and Planning Adventures

The speaker is a meticulous planner who enjoys planning adventures with his wife and uses Booking.com for accommodations. Booking.com offers a wide range of accommodation options and an easy booking process through their app.

Positive Mindset and Passion for Racing

Charles Leclerc, a Ferrari Formula One driver, values living off what he loves most, which is driving. The podcast 'On Purpose' features Charles Leclerc as a guest, known for his positive mindset and straightforward approach in Formula One.

Transitioning to Formula 1 and Peak Performance

The podcast guest started driving race cars at a very young age of three and a half, with the help of a specially made karting by Felipe Bianchi. Transitioning from karting to Formula 1 involves increased travel, events, and races, making it physically demanding and mentally challenging. Maintaining discipline in terms of training, diet, sleep, and time management is crucial for peak performance in Formula 1 racing. Sleep is prioritized by the guest, who ensures around 10-11 hours of sleep per night to rest and recover for optimal performance.

Challenges of Racing and Mental Strength

The speaker struggles to sleep on planes and has a diverse diet plan managed by a dietitian. Weight fluctuates during racing due to carb-loading and dehydration, making recovery challenging. Training for Formula 1 drivers involves unique challenges like neck muscle training and breathing techniques. The speaker used to be harsh on himself but now focuses on learning from mistakes and maintaining self-confidence. During races, adrenaline helps the speaker stay focused and reset mentally after each corner.

Passion for Racing and Overcoming Loss

The speaker's love for racing and gratitude for being a Ferrari Formula One driver since childhood drives their passion and determination to win a World Championship. Working with talented people in the sport, including engineers and mechanics, keeps the speaker excited and motivated after 23 years in the sport. While fearless on the track, the speaker admits to having fears off the track, such as snakes and bungee jumping. The speaker faced significant loss when their father passed away in 2017, which forced them to mature quickly and take on responsibilities at a young age. Despite losing their mentor and father figure, the speaker found inner strength to continue racing by asking themselves what their father would want them to do.

Influence of Father and Dealing with Criticism

The speaker's father was a strong influence on his racing career, always supporting and guiding him. The father emphasized the importance of staying humble and grateful, advice that the speaker carries with him. The speaker acknowledges the need to work hard even in good moments of his career to stay ahead. Criticism that doesn't align with the speaker's true character, like being called arrogant, is what hurts him the most. Transitioning from Formula 2 to Formula 1 brought increased scrutiny and criticism, especially on social media. Dealing with criticism about one's character is more challenging than technical critiques. Struggling with public perception and the desire to show one's true self in the face of criticism is a common experience in today's world of social media.

Emotional Challenges and Safety in Formula One

Fear and concern for loved ones in dangerous sports like Formula One racing. Limited training time in Formula One compared to other sports. The emotional challenges of racing on tracks where friends have lost their lives. The balance between accepting past tragedies and focusing on driving in high-risk situations. Reflections on the movie 'Rush' as a representation of the past era of Formula One racing. The evolution of safety in Formula One racing over the years has made a significant impact on the sport and drivers' mindset. Driving older cars required more manual effort compared to modern Formula One cars, which are more automated. The driver finds solace and relaxation in playing the piano as a way to disconnect from the pressures of Formula One. Due to the demanding nature of Formula One racing, the driver only gets around 30-40 days a year for personal time with family and friends.

Balancing Racing and Personal Life

The speaker reflects on the balance between racing and personal life, mentioning challenges faced as a child due to traveling for races. The speaker admires Formula One driver Ayrton Senna for his precision and skill, despite never witnessing him in real life. There is a discussion about simulators that allow racing alongside legendary drivers, with limitations on reproducing actual races. The speaker discusses the use of simulators for training, highlighting the differences in experience compared to real racing. The driver reflects on his father's passing before he entered Formula One, expressing pride in achieving his goal despite his father not witnessing it. The driver shares a personal story similar to Cristiano Ronaldo's about their fathers not seeing their success but finding peace in achieving their dreams. Acknowledgment of sacrifices made by the driver's father to support his racing career, contrasting with the driver's perspective of pursuing what he loves. While Formula One is competitive and drivers are focused on winning, friendships can exist off the track, as seen with the driver and his childhood friend who is also a competitor.

Motivation and Personal Growth

Formula One is a team sport despite the focus on the driver during races. Winning in Formula One brings joy not only to the driver but also to the entire team of people working behind the scenes. The taste of victory and the dream of winning a World Championship motivates the driver every day. Reflecting on past struggles and believing in hard work and motivation is essential for achieving success. Engaging with younger drivers and fans, especially kids, has a significant impact and brings joy to both parties. The speaker emphasizes the importance of setting realistic goals and taking small steps towards achieving them in their Formula One journey. The speaker shares advice received from their father to 'stay humble, be grateful, and work hard.' The speaker believes that making mistakes is essential for learning and personal growth. The speaker discusses their preparation routine for race days, including using cold baths for both pre-race and post-race recovery. Through their Formula One journey, the speaker has discovered that they are stronger than they initially thought. If given the opportunity to create a law or rule for everyone to follow, the speaker would choose 'be nice and respectful to everybody' as it is crucial for creating a better world.

Chapters

  1. Planning Adventures and Positive Mindset
  2. Transitioning to Formula 1 and Peak Performance
  3. Challenges of Racing and Mental Strength
  4. Passion for Racing and Overcoming Loss
  5. Influence of Father and Dealing with Criticism
  6. Emotional Challenges and Safety in Formula One
  7. Balancing Racing and Personal Life
  8. Motivation and Personal Growth
Summary
Transcript

Planning Adventures and Positive Mindset

00:02 - 07:00

  • The speaker is a meticulous planner who enjoys planning adventures with his wife and uses Booking.com for accommodations.
  • Booking.com offers a wide range of accommodation options and an easy booking process through their app.
  • Charles Leclerc, a Ferrari Formula One driver, values living off what he loves most, which is driving.
  • The podcast 'On Purpose' features Charles Leclerc as a guest, known for his positive mindset and straightforward approach in Formula One.

Transitioning to Formula 1 and Peak Performance

06:34 - 13:10

  • The podcast guest started driving race cars at a very young age of three and a half, with the help of a specially made karting by Felipe Bianchi.
  • Transitioning from karting to Formula 1 involves increased travel, events, and races, making it physically demanding and mentally challenging.
  • Maintaining discipline in terms of training, diet, sleep, and time management is crucial for peak performance in Formula 1 racing.
  • Sleep is prioritized by the guest, who ensures around 10-11 hours of sleep per night to rest and recover for optimal performance.

Challenges of Racing and Mental Strength

12:43 - 19:40

  • The speaker struggles to sleep on planes and has a diverse diet plan managed by a dietitian.
  • Weight fluctuates during racing due to carb-loading and dehydration, making recovery challenging.
  • Training for Formula 1 drivers involves unique challenges like neck muscle training and breathing techniques.
  • The speaker used to be harsh on himself but now focuses on learning from mistakes and maintaining self-confidence.
  • During races, adrenaline helps the speaker stay focused and reset mentally after each corner.

Passion for Racing and Overcoming Loss

19:25 - 26:01

  • The speaker's love for racing and gratitude for being a Ferrari Formula One driver since childhood drives their passion and determination to win a World Championship.
  • Working with talented people in the sport, including engineers and mechanics, keeps the speaker excited and motivated after 23 years in the sport.
  • While fearless on the track, the speaker admits to having fears off the track, such as snakes and bungee jumping.
  • The speaker faced significant loss when their father passed away in 2017, which forced them to mature quickly and take on responsibilities at a young age.
  • Despite losing their mentor and father figure, the speaker found inner strength to continue racing by asking themselves what their father would want them to do.

Influence of Father and Dealing with Criticism

25:32 - 32:02

  • The speaker's father was a strong influence on his racing career, always supporting and guiding him.
  • The father emphasized the importance of staying humble and grateful, advice that the speaker carries with him.
  • The speaker acknowledges the need to work hard even in good moments of his career to stay ahead.
  • Criticism that doesn't align with the speaker's true character, like being called arrogant, is what hurts him the most.
  • Transitioning from Formula 2 to Formula 1 brought increased scrutiny and criticism, especially on social media.
  • Dealing with criticism about one's character is more challenging than technical critiques.
  • Struggling with public perception and the desire to show one's true self in the face of criticism is a common experience in today's world of social media.

Emotional Challenges and Safety in Formula One

38:15 - 44:59

  • Fear and concern for loved ones in dangerous sports like Formula One racing
  • Limited training time in Formula One compared to other sports
  • The emotional challenges of racing on tracks where friends have lost their lives
  • The balance between accepting past tragedies and focusing on driving in high-risk situations
  • Reflections on the movie 'Rush' as a representation of the past era of Formula One racing
  • The evolution of safety in Formula One racing over the years has made a significant impact on the sport and drivers' mindset.
  • Driving older cars required more manual effort compared to modern Formula One cars, which are more automated.
  • The driver finds solace and relaxation in playing the piano as a way to disconnect from the pressures of Formula One.
  • Due to the demanding nature of Formula One racing, the driver only gets around 30-40 days a year for personal time with family and friends.

Balancing Racing and Personal Life

50:54 - 58:13

  • The speaker reflects on the balance between racing and personal life, mentioning challenges faced as a child due to traveling for races.
  • The speaker admires Formula One driver Ayrton Senna for his precision and skill, despite never witnessing him in real life.
  • There is a discussion about simulators that allow racing alongside legendary drivers, with limitations on reproducing actual races.
  • The speaker discusses the use of simulators for training, highlighting the differences in experience compared to real racing.
  • The driver reflects on his father's passing before he entered Formula One, expressing pride in achieving his goal despite his father not witnessing it.
  • The driver shares a personal story similar to Cristiano Ronaldo's about their fathers not seeing their success but finding peace in achieving their dreams.
  • Acknowledgment of sacrifices made by the driver's father to support his racing career, contrasting with the driver's perspective of pursuing what he loves.
  • While Formula One is competitive and drivers are focused on winning, friendships can exist off the track, as seen with the driver and his childhood friend who is also a competitor.

Motivation and Personal Growth

1:10:42 - 1:17:35

  • Formula One is a team sport despite the focus on the driver during races.
  • Winning in Formula One brings joy not only to the driver but also to the entire team of people working behind the scenes.
  • The taste of victory and the dream of winning a World Championship motivates the driver every day.
  • Reflecting on past struggles and believing in hard work and motivation is essential for achieving success.
  • Engaging with younger drivers and fans, especially kids, has a significant impact and brings joy to both parties.
  • The speaker emphasizes the importance of setting realistic goals and taking small steps towards achieving them in their Formula One journey.
  • The speaker shares advice received from their father to 'stay humble, be grateful, and work hard.'
  • The speaker believes that making mistakes is essential for learning and personal growth.
  • The speaker discusses their preparation routine for race days, including using cold baths for both pre-race and post-race recovery.
  • Through their Formula One journey, the speaker has discovered that they are stronger than they initially thought.
  • If given the opportunity to create a law or rule for everyone to follow, the speaker would choose 'be nice and respectful to everybody' as it is crucial for creating a better world.
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