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We all would like to play owner of a professional sports team. We interviewed one instead… Doug Cifu joins us on WIN this week to discuss his past, present and future in professional sports and enlightens us on the power of NOT having an ego when it comes to business, athletics and life.

What if I told you that your ego may be what holds you back from succeeding?

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Our guest today, dives deep into how a lack of ego has helped him reach milestones in both professional sports and in business. Moreover, he will define the word GRIT throughout the episode, and how important it is to both creating and executing opportunities that come your way.

Doug Cifu, is the Vice-Chairman, Partner, and Alternate Governor of the Florida Panthers

A self-starter, Doug is a native of Syosset NY and graduated magna cum laude with a Bachelor of Arts degree from Columbia University in 1987 where he was elected a member of Phi Beta Kappa and completed his Juris Doctor Degree from Columbia Law School in 1990.

Doug is currently the CEO of Virtu Financial, a global electronic market-making firm, and was one of the companies co-founders with Panthers owner, Vincent V-EYE-OH-LAH in 2008.

Doug is a Florida Panthers super-fan in his own right, always willing to engage the team’s supporters on social media and to help grow hockey in south Florida.

Throughout this episode you will hear some amazing stories and strategies that Doug has used throughout his life to get to where he is today that you will be able to apply to your own experience immediately.

Enjoy this episode of WIN: Championship Traits for Life, with Doug Cifu.

Show Notes

Doug takes us through what what it was like to talk to his partner about  taking on a hockey franchise in South Florida: 3:57

Doug tells us how he prioritizes culture and what its like to get people to buy into change: 13:28

Doug talks about his son, Danny, who has had an astounding youth baseball career: 22:04

Doug discusses how great of a player Jaromir Jagr was to have on the Panthers and the character traits he possessed: 27:44

Doug talks about his journey with Virtu Financial: 38:44

Doug tells us the three things that get people in trouble in life and the impact of it being a fact: 46:13

Doug shares what mental fitness means to him: 1:00:26

Doug tells us why he is a hotdog influencer (Feltman’s of Coney Island Hotdogs): 1:02:32