Award-Winning Leadership Speaker, Executive Coach & New York Times Best-Selling Author

(0) Total: $0.00             Login                    

Have Don Yaeger speak to your team!

Carl Eschenbach: Do you hate to lose or love to win?

Episode 6: Carl Eschenbach, Sequoia Capital Partner, Asks: Do You Hate To Lose Or Love To Win?

As the President and COO of VMware, Carl Eschenbach helped build the company from 200 employees and 30 million dollars in revenue to 20,000 employees and 7 billion dollars in revenue. In 2016, he became a partner at Sequoia Capital – widely regarded as Silicon Valley’s most prestigious venture capital firm.

Carl is a true Corporate Competitor: He grew up in Pennsylvania and received five Most Valuable Athlete Awards and 10 varsity letters from his time playing football, baseball, and wrestling. In 2020, Carl was inducted into the National Wrestling Hall of Fame as an Outstanding American.

In this episode, Carl emphasizes the importance of “learning how to lose” because it is unlikely we will go undefeated in life. You will hear specific examples of his push (motivation) and pull (inspiration) leadership techniques so you can fight complacency.

You Will Learn:

  •  4:00   The importance of “learning how to lose” because it is unlikely we will go undefeated in life.
  • 11:00  The difference between motivation and inspiration, and how to balance both techniques in your leadership.
  • 19:00  How Carl views getting older, and the fun goal he sets to resist complacency.
  • 30:00  The nightly routine Carl has with his son to set him up for success.
  • 32:00  4 things that threaten to stunt your team’s growth.

Download Carl’s Bookmark

Download Bookmark

 Download PDF


Love this episode?

We would be so grateful if you left us a rating and review!

  • “Many of the leaders I have worked with were excellent athletes, and I think there is a direct correlation. You’re one of the few people that really has pursued this study Don. Keep up the great work. What you are doing really makes a difference.”

    Bill George

    Longtime Medtronic CEO, Harvard Professor

  • “I am a subscriber because you are one of the greatest teachers, one of the best storytellers I have ever met, and I know you will maximize the people you have on the podcast. I’m telling everyone, because when you find gold you point everyone to it.”

    John C. Maxwell

    Best-Selling Author, Leadership Expert

Leave a review

  View All Episodes

Free chapter of Great Teams when you subscribe to The Corporate Competitor Podcast

  Download Episode Mobile Wallpapers

Download FREE Episode Mobile Wallpapers!

Listen on Apple Podcasts!

Listen on Spotify!

Listen on Stitcher!

Listen on Google Podcasts!


Savannah Gallagher

Web Design/Development

Jon Rousseau


Francisco Nunez


Predictive ROI

Special thanks to the Florida State University Internship Program
for consistently supporting our research team.

Connect with Don Yaeger  

Where would you like to start the conversation?



413 N. Meridian St.
Tallahassee, FL 32301

 (850) 412-0300

Follow Don Yaeger



Don Yaeger

Don Yaeger is ready to speak with you

Connect With Don
Anjie Cheatham – Director of Marketing and Events

Anjie Cheatham
Director of Live & Virtual Events

Connect with Don's team directly by calling (850) 412-0300 (8:30AM – 6:00PM EST)

 Send Email