#41 Chris Herren: The First Day

No one sets out to be an addict. No one sets out to ruin their life and the lives of all the people around them. No one sets out to see the anguish in the eyes of the people who love them. No one sets out to live in constant chaos. No one sets out to live the life I led. It happens over time, sure. But it also happens when you don’t address your issues.
— Chris Herren from his memoir, Basketball Junkie

Chris Herren's story was publicized in 2011 through an ESPN 30 for 30 documentary titled Unguarded. It was the story of his rise and sudden fall of his professional basketball career due to substance abuse. The film also shows how Chris turned his life around.

 Over the years, Chris has been telling his new story. The First Day is the evolution of that talk where he weaves in his experiences but truly makes it about the students he's speaking to and about their struggles. His superpower is the ability to connect with these students -- and everyone should watch this film.

 In this episode we discuss:

-What led to make this film

-How Coach Tarkanian convinced Chris to play basketball at Fresno State

-The advice he gives to handle criticism

-Bonus interview from the award-winning producer, Jonathan Hock

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