Episode 271

Published on:

13th Nov 2020

Rebuilding The Beast & Unpacking The Mind Of A Champion w/Festus Ezeli EP 271

2015 NBA Champion, former professional NBA player, and founder of Rebuilding The Beast, Festus Ezeli sits with Lance on today’s episode. Hailing from Nigeria, Festus has won an NBA Championship with the Warriors in 2015. Playing college basketball for Vanderbilt before being selected, Festus was the 30th overall pick in the 2012 NBA draft by the Golden State Warriors. In 2017 Festus underwent surgery on his left knee and was ruled out for the entire 2016–17 season 2017. Festus currently runs Rebuilding The Beast and is available on social media.


  • [00:03:57] Festus' Upbringing In Nigeria and Moving To America
  • [00:12:15] Overcoming Mistakes And Growth
  • [00:16:59] Believing In Yourself and Keeping The Dream Alive
  • [00:31:06] What Makes A Good Coach?
  • [00:36:56] Not Allowing Yourself To Be A Victim


Festus says, “Don’t let a moment of adversity define the rest of your life.”

Connect with Festus Ezeli:

● Follow Festus on Instagram, Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn

● Visit the Rebuilding The Beast website for more information on rebuilding your mind, body, and story. 

Connect with Lance: 

● 📱 Connect with Lance on Facebook, Instagram, or LinkedIn

● 📺 Subscribe to the University of Adversity Youtube Channel 

● 📧 Email Lance at lanceessihos@gmail.com

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Learn how to shift your perspective on adversity by understanding that although adversity may feel like your worst enemy, it is actually your greatest ally. My mission is to connect with unique and inspiring individuals and showcase their journey and what they have gone through in order to become successful in their lives. Tune in three times a week with Lance Essihos for your gold-filled lesson of inspiration, resilience, and bravery. Don’t forget to subscribe!

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University of Adversity
Welcome to University of Adversity, a podcast where we explore the human experience of overcoming obstacles and achieving personal growth through real-life stories of accomplished individuals. From professional athletes to NY Times bestselling authors, celebrities, spiritual leaders, doctors, scientists, and billionaires, we bring you a diverse range of perspectives on the challenges and triumphs of adversity. Each episode is designed to provide listeners with inspiration, motivation, and practical tools to help them navigate through difficult times. We cover a wide range of topics related to mental health, personal development, self-improvement and resilience building, offering expert insights and actionable advice. Join us as we discover how to overcome adversity, cope with stress, and achieve your goals on this journey of self-discovery and personal growth, highlighting the stories of the everyday heroes among us.

About your host

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Lance Essihos

As an experienced veteran with adversity, Lance has faced some of life's most difficult challenges. Grinding his way through the hockey ranks to traveling the world as a bartender. Through his personal battle with drugs and alcohol for well over a decade, the tragic loss of his brother to suicide followed by the great loss of his father to cancer only a year later, Lance realized he had hit rock bottom. In the darkest of days, he made a promise to himself that he would create a new life, one that would make an impact and inspire the masses, leaving the world in a better place than he found it. Lance has made it his mission to facilitate the message of positive change through adversity and encourage people to see the light through the darkness of life's worst moments.