Erwin Valencia
Director of Training and Conditioning for the New York Knicks (NBA), New York
Erwin is currently serving as the New York Knicks’ (NBA) Director of Training and Conditioning. He founded KinetIQ, providing education in sports medicine, wellness and performance art to institutions. He also founded the nonprofit #BeyondMedyo Foundation to promote a “Mindful Movement” lifestyle to underprivileged kids in the Philippines. And through his Grasshopper project, he serves as a mentor to professionals and students in five continents to help them live socially impactful lives.
The Role of Religion
Touching the Same Elephant
I grew up very Catholic and I was blessed to have learned the basics of religion and have been taught to understand the “bigger picture.” Understanding different religions also leads to great respect, deeper understandings of other cultures, as well as a sense of camaraderie around the “bigger mission that connects us all”.
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Dealing with Anxiety & Depression
The Inner Circle
My “saving grace” has always been my inner circle, as these are the people who can best understand whatever situation I’m going through. And I’ve learned that even though people going through a hard time may not be ready to accept your help, it’s important to let them know that you’re there for when they do need you.
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Money, Society & Status
From “4-Hour” to Full-Time
I grew up in the Philippines, where life centers around your honor and name, but status doesn’t define me. For two years, I worked around the world as a coach and lecturer and I basically had a “four-hour” work week. What made me decide to leave this lifestyle and put in long hours at the NBA was the fact that I never grew up with a mentor, and I want to use the status I earned to become someone that other Filipinos could be inspired by.
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Money, Society & Status
Working beyond Receiving
People get caught up in having more and more, and work hard just to “receive”. But your money should be utilized carefully in order to fulfill your personal definition of happiness.
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Finding & Fulfilling Our Purpose
Arriving in Waves
It doesn’t necessarily take a vacation or “crazy suffering” for you to find what you’re meant to do. When you contemplate your past and what you’ve done that has made an impact, you’ll realize that your purpose has been within you the entire time.
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Finding & Defining Love
Old-School Serendipity
Though it may be hard to find in today’s world, I want that serendipity and “chance” when it comes to finding a romantic partner. I also believe that love occurs when both parties are willing to acknowledge a “greater purpose between them” as well as “above” them.
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Your Reflection in Another
It’s important to be aware of what goes on with other people – we are, after all, mirrors of each other. It’s a comforting feeling when you find your “reflection” in another and know that you’re not alone.
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Bonds, Breakups & the Essence of Relationships
When Effort Isn’t Enough
Once a relationship is plagued with dishonesty, a lack of authenticity, an effort to change one partner “for the worse” – or attempts to revitalize the relationship simply don’t work - it’s time to cut ties.
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Dealing with Anxiety & Depression
Don’t be “The Coach”
When anxiety hits its “highest peak” in someone you know and seems to be leading them to depression, don’t attempt to be “the expert” or “coach” them out of it. This can backfire. Instead, simply “hold space” and give them just what they ask of you.
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Being Alone & Feeling Alone
Beauty in the Bigger Picture
Whether you’re alone in the “deep and dark” city or at the top of a mountain, find the beauty in your location and appreciate it. Noticing this will make you realize that you’re just a “speckle” in the bigger picture. Once you accept your role as part of a larger plan, you’ll focus less on yourself and thereby feel less lonely.
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Dealing with Anxiety & Depression
Courtside Anxiety
In the sports world, anxiety is necessary – obviously, experiencing too much of it is a bad thing. In order to be the best clinician on the court – when you’re surrounded by a crowd, and there’s money on the line - you need to harness your anxiety to stay present and know how to act.
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On Death: Fear & Other Feelings
Take it to Task
Understand your recently-deceased loved one’s purpose: if they’ve fulfilled it, you can rest assured that they died happy and are currently happy. If there’s something “missing” that they could’ve done, I do my best to fulfill their legacy and finish the work they started.
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The Pursuit of Happiness
Once you Radiate Light
I’m living the life I’ve dreamed of. I continue my pursuit of happiness by showing others (particularly younger generations of Filipinos) that by working hard and being empathetic, it’s possible to achieve happiness in conjunction with your goals.
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Achieving Harmony & Balance
Global “Oneness”
I’m lucky to be able to travel and experience a sense of “oneness” within myself and in conjunction with the universe – whether I’m in the streets of Jerusalem, in the desert at night, or anywhere else.
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Bonds, Breakups & the Essence of Relationships
A Proud Partnership
Healthy relationships revolve around a lot of “give and take”, and the best partner is one who is proud of who you are as an individual and helps you to improve.
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Loving Yourself
Worthy to Receive
Personally, my happiness derives from others’ happiness. As someone who sees themselves as a “gifter”, I’ve made a conscious choice to gift more to myself in order to gift more to the people I seek to help.
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Productivity
The Problem in Reverse
Many have trouble executing the ideas they’ve spoken about, but I find it difficult to articulate my goals or actions after I’ve executed them.
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Finding & Fulfilling Our Purpose
The First Filipino in the NBA
As I grew up, I had detailed visualizations of my goal – of the arena, of the players next to me, of the crowds watching me. I was driven to succeed not only as a result of my personal hopes, but also to act as an inspiration for other kids with similar dreams.
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Good, Evil & Drawing the Line
Who to Stand Next To
What is it from what you hold valuable that defines who you are, and determines the people you surround yourself with? If you don’t know what you hold valuable, figure it out.
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