Jerry's Open Road

  • INTERVIEWED BY:

    Destination Unknown

  • INTERVIEW LOCATION:

    Phoenix, AZ

  • AIRED ON:

    Public Television: Season 1

  • ON DVD:

JERRY COLANGELO

CEO
Arizona Diamondbacks and Phoenix Suns

“You can't do anything about yesterday, you certainly can't do anything about tomorrow, but you can control what you're doing today.”

INTERESTS:

Business Sports

THEMES DISCUSSED:

Chance Choices Determination Failure Focus Hard Work Passion Planning Risk Struggle Transitions Community

FOUNDATION:

Accomplishing Goals

TAGS:

athlete, balance, baseball, basketball, Chicago, childhood, competition, competitive, dreams, injury, Italian, learning, opportunity, Phoenix, set back, starting over, younger generation

BIOGRAPHY:

  • Grew up playing basketball and baseball, wanted to be a professional athlete.
  • Blew out his arm at age 17, essentially ending his dreams of becoming a pitcher in the MLB.
  • Says you can’t “sit in the corner, coil up and be miserable for the rest of your life” just because you hit a setback.
  • Grew up in a poor, Italian-American community in Chicago, where they “didn’t have very much.”
  • Got a job as a the manager of the Phoenix Suns at age 28, the youngest general manager in professional sports history.
  • Had to move his family from Chicago to Phoenix with very little money; “it was like starting a new life.”
  • Says that through his upbringing in sports, in a poor neighborhood, he became unafraid to fail.
  • People think he’s caught “lucky breaks,” but he believes it’s because he’s taken every opportunity possible, didn’t just wait for his ship to come in.

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