by Dana Cavalea June 30, 2021

Hi Team...

Yesterday I was talking with John Schnatter- founder of Papa Johns.

We had a wonderful conversation about life, fitness, leadership, and people.

Obviously a conversation that was right up my alley. 

John is a former baseball player turned pizza titan and definitely brings his sports mentality to work with him!

What contributes to his edge?

His beliefs.

His training.

His attitude.

Now, we all know strong beliefs, physical development, and a bold attitude are highly desirable- but can also intimidate some as well....

John gave me an amazing lesson on the 4-categories of people and leadership yesterday and today I want to share them with you....

Category 1: You lend somebody your fishing pole, they bring it back immediately when done in better shape than when you lent it to them.

Category 2: You lend somebody your fishing pole, they forget to bring it back and you have to remind them and then they bring it back.

Category 3: You lend somebody your fishing pole, they never bring it back. They make excuses.

Category 4: You lend somebody your fishing pole, you never see or hear from them again and never see your pole again. They are totally full of it.

John believes it is your job to surround yourself with Category 1 People.

That is it.

All other categories can not help you grow and elevate.

They will cause you frustration and pain.

But Coach, where are all of these Category 1 people and how do I find them?

Well, you do not just find them, you attract them.

You attract them by being one of them.

You must be a Category 1.

Do what you say you are going to do.

Be 100% committed to being your best.

John always fires me up.

His passion and fire is second to none.

He is a multi-billionaire and has more fire and passion than broke individuals half of his age....

Every morning, he goes out and cycles with individuals half of his age because he likes to compete and likes to not be the best and to have something / somebody to chase....

After cycling, he trains with weights, with his high school baseball coach where they train, push each other, and hold each other accountable.

He said after he trains, he is ready to own the day!

I get so fired up when leaders make their training #1- this is a true sign of getting it.

A sign of understanding what it takes to be great.

A discipline that has tremendous dividends.

It makes me so happy when this connection between training and at-work, on the job performance is made.

Think about it for a minute.

What if you trained every morning, ate a clean diet, were at your optimal weight and body-fat- how good would you feel?

How great would your energy be?

How clear would your thoughts be?

Are you imagining this?

Well- it is possible.

You just have to make the commitment to yourself!

Thats what the Papa did- and for over 40 years he has been doing it this way!

But Coach- he owns a pizza chain?


We are all allowed a cheat day... just not cheat weeks, months, and years.

So, today, as you get ready to attack your day:



Get your body and mind right.

I will hold you to it!

Let's go.

Your Coach,


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Dana Cavalea
Dana Cavalea

Dana Cavalea is the World Champion Director of Strength and Conditioning & Performance of the New York Yankees. Currently, he is a High Performance Speaker & Consultant to Pro Athletes, Entrepreneurs, Business Executives, and Workforces on lifestyle strategies to reduce stress, improve work/life integration, and most importantly improve daily performance /outcomes. Book Dana to Speak at your Company Event or Conference Today!

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