Welcome back to the Inside Edge Project with Bhavi Devchand, where we explore a counter-intuitive approach to performance based on connection, instinct, and enjoyment. Through deep conversations with those living in the Arena, we hope to help you, and the culture you are part of, shift your perspective, lead with purpose, and perform with freedom.
Our guest today is one of the most well-known and charismatic figures in Australian sport with over 350 AFL games, multiple finals series, incredibly fit and diligent in preparation to do his job to the best of his ability. Most would think of someone like Gary Ablett or Dustin Martin, but we all forget about the umpires who have one of the toughest jobs in sport - and our guest today, Razor Ray Chamberlain certainly has experienced all the ups and downs that come with being in a high-pressure environment.
Behind the charisma that Ray has become famous for, is an incredible story of fighting against the persona created in the media to later own his story and find an incredible amount of freedom after that shift in perspective. We go deep into the "if-and-then model of happiness", how to deal with so much being completely out of your control and what it truly means to be successful.
Perhaps most importantly, Ray has been deeply impacted by people close to him battling through struggles with mental health. Rather than this weighing him down, he has used the tougher periods to inspire the work he does with the EJ Whitten Foundation and his own Chamberlain foundation.
With lines like "winning sucks, no one cares and people don't buy into bullshit" I'm sure you'll enjoy a very entertaining, yet fascinating conversation.