270: Shaun Peet | How a NASCAR Jackman Inspires Human Brilliance in His Teams

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Shaun Peet played hockey for Dartmouth College and went on to play eight years of professional hockey before he completely changed paths, pivoting to become a jackman in a top-level NASCAR pit crew. It sounds crazy, but his story illustrates how he effortlessly flows from one part of his life to another. He is also the co-founder of Deck Leadership and co-authored “12 Second Culture.” Shaun is proof that we don’t have to do one thing our whole life, and he’ll share how the lessons he’s learned from his professions in hockey and NASCAR that you can use to accelerate your own life.

In This Conversation We Cover: 

  • [03:39] Growing up in Vancouver Island around garages
  • [07:06] Training for a hockey scholarship
  • [09:15] The suspension that led to a different career path
  • [13:40] Going from hockey to NASCAR
  • [16:03] The appeal of being a jackman
  • [20:55] Applying lessons from one career field to another
  • [22:34] Training effectively as a cohesive unit
  • [25:27] Founding Deck Leadership
  • [27:53] The 12 Second Culture
  • [30:13] How the pace of business hurts us
  • [32:24] The wisdom of Rudyard Kipling’s poem, “If”

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Hi, I’m Rob! It has been said “You are not what you have learned, but what you’ve overcome.”


I have overcome my share of obstacles in order to architect the life of my dreams and uncover the key to lasting, meaningful success. Growing up in Queens (literally on the wrong side of the tracks), my early years were tumultuous, marked by hardship and violence.

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