In 1977 Barry Smith was traded to the Miami Dolphins; this, his fifth season in the NFL, when his budding career was cut short. At 26 years old, Smith had contracted a polio virus during pre-season. “You can quit, or you can go on,” he says.

Barry Smith talks about his early football days, and the illness that changed everything for him. On his way forward to becoming an exemplary leader, Smith lays out the path that took him there, explaining that it’s a combination of his DNA and the environment he surrounded himself in.

Barry Smith Packer
Barry Smith Packer

Barry Smith was the first-round draft pick for the Green Bay Packers in 1973 and was traded to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in 1976, playing wide receiver in the first season of Buccaneers franchise history. After four years in the NFL, Smith built a successful career in sports marketing and is currently a promotional products and marketing consultant at Geiger.

“Winning isn’t everything, it’s the only thing,”
Vince Lombardi

We start with what we call ‘THE ENLIGHTENED ROUND‘, so that we may get to know Barry Smith better.

The must read book you must check out is A Land Remembered, by Patrick Smith. Smith tells the story of three generations of the MacIveys, a Florida family who battle the hardships of the frontier to rise from a dirt-poor Cracker life to the wealth and standing of real estate tycoons in 1858. The story that emerges is a rich, rugged Florida history featuring a memorable cast of crusty, indomitable Crackers battling wild animals, rustlers, Confederate deserters, mosquitoes, starvation, hurricanes, and freezes to carve a kingdom out of the swamp.

Barry Smith
Barry Smith

The one website that everyone needs to know about: actually there are two – the first is, and the other is The first is Barry’s business (makes sense) and the second is the cause he hopes you’ll consider embracing.

Best social media tool for Barry is Facebook – but keep the app off of the phone because it can be disruptive he says. Linkedin as well for business connections. It’s a great way to network and find old friends and acquaintances.

Now on to ‘MAKING YOUR MARK‘, follow along in the podcast using the guide below to chart your own course for success and adventure!

  1. Are entrepreneurs/leaders born or made?
  2. Who gave you your first big break?
  3. Your cardinal rule to becoming a standout entrepreneur/leader?
  4. Greatest success in your career and how did you celebrate?
  5. What is your kryptonite?
  6. How do you deal with difficult people?
  7. Single best advice you’ve ever been given?
  8. What advice would you give to someone starting out on their career path?
  9. What is the single biggest sacrifice in your career?
  10. If you had 2 minutes to share advice with your 21 year old self, what would you say and why?

The ‘secret ingredient’ that makes one a star: we can’t tell you yet – Barry will tell you his secret in the broadcast – enjoy the show friends!