This week’s conversation is with Sage Steele, one of ESPN’s most popular and respected commentators.

Sage joined ESPN in 2007 and currently serves as the co-anchor for ESPN’s flagship show, SportsCenter, weekdays at 6 p.m. ET.

She has served as the lead host for SportsCenter on the Road, since 2016, a role that includes on-site, day-long and pre-event coverage for the biggest sports events of the year, such as the Super Bowl, the NBA Finals, the World Series, the Masters, the College Football National Championship and many more.

Sage also hosted NBA Countdown on ESPN and ABC from 2013-2017.

This is an incredibly powerful conversation.

I really wasn’t expecting to go to the places we went but I was so appreciative we did – Sage opens up about her personal life and the difficult yet necessary decisions she’s had to make.

As Sage puts it: the most important mental skill is having the courage to speak your truth… and for that matter live your truth.

The beautiful thing about this is when you can live this way, there’s amazing freedom that comes with it.

“It all comes down to having the courage to trust myself and speak my truth. It is so liberating.”

In This Episode:

  • Grew up as an army brat, moved all over the world and lived in 4 different countries by age 11
  • How did her early life shape her? She learned to be versatile and quick to adjust
  • Being naturally shy… how’s she had to work to open up more
  • The mental toll moving from school to school had on her
  • Her experience being the only biracial student in an all-White school
  • How’s she’s gotten more comfortable with being vulnerable and speaking her truth over the last year
  • Turning down ESPN the first time she was offered her dream job… how did she have the guts to do that?
  • Her process for being present and approaching life with an optimistic framework
  • It all comes down to… choosing to be happy
  • The most important mental skill
  • What’s the key to great culture
  • How she thinks about mastery


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“I just know that I’ve always been a little bit different. And for a long time, I was afraid of that. And now I cherish it.”

“What I have found, especially recently, is that when you’re open and you can share, what comes of it is potentially pretty beautiful.”

“When you share your experiences, your pain, others share theirs. You realize you’re not even close to alone and then they realize the same thing and then you’re helping each other. By sharing your story, I think everybody wins.”


Related Episodes:

  • Finding Mastery 187: Jemele Hill, Senior Staff Writer for The Atlantic, on Courage, Vulnerability, and Honesty
  • Finding Mastery 146: Dr. Brené Brown, Research Professor and Author, on Courage and Vulnerability
  • Finding Mastery 127: Des Linden, 2018 Boston Marathon Winner, on Vulnerability and Confidence


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Sage Steele is one of ESPN’s most popular and respected commentators, currently serving as the anchor for the 6 p.m. ET SportsCenter with her co-anchor Kevin Negandhi.