Nico Rosberg talks about Formula 1, inspiration from father, sacrifices to win the 2016 Formula 1 World Championship, fear, self-doubt, competition with Lewis Hamilton, and more on the School of Greatness Podcast.
Nico Rosberg (@nicorosberg) is a German-Finnish former racing driver who won the 2016 Formula One World Championship. The only son of former Formula One World Champion, Keke Rosberg, Nico topped off his career by reaching the pinnacle of the auto racing sport. Following the retirement after his World Championship win, Nico has been involved in green technology and personal development. His quests have led him to create GREENTECH FESTIVAL, a platform for green innovations, and host a self-growth and development podcast called Beyond Victory.
Enjoy the takeaways of the conversation put concisely in this School of Greatness Nico Rosberg Podcast Notes.
- Nico Rosberg’s father who was a Formula One World Champion was an inspiration for him to pursue racing.
- At the age of 12, Nico Rosberg became the French national karting series champion. He recounts that there was a lot of fighting and cheating in the go-karting races because so much was at stake.
- The huge expectations from his father pushed Nico forward. However, during the latter part of his career, he had an open discussion with his father mentioning that the expectations were taking a toll on him. His father took a step back that allowed Nico to better focus on his goals.
- Nico Rosberg mentions that the car being driven matters as much as the skills of the driver.
- He says that there is more to becoming a Champion than relying on skills. One has to get the right deals done, be emotionally intelligent, have good social skills, know the media game, and do other things well to put him in contact with the best team and into the best car.
- In Formula 1, each team puts together two cars with around 1500 people and a hefty budget.
- Nico Rosberg learned from his father that you always meet the same person twice. He has benefitted from parting on good terms with people who he eventually met again in life.
- He mentions that a vast majority of successful people who are in the public eye tend to lean towards the arrogant side that gives them a little bit of extra strength to deal with the attention.
- Nico Rosberg mentions that though Michael Schumacher was a self-confident person, he worked on himself and improved himself all the time.
- Nico Rosberg grew up as a shy kid afraid to speak before his class and had a constant need for recognition.
- He mentions that if one can cover the basic needs then he/she has a good chance of being happier than famous people with millions and billions in the bank.
- Nico Rosberg feels the most fulfilled when he is making progress as a human being.
- On his way to becoming the Formula One World Champion, Nico Rosberg simplified life by cutting out all the unnecessary things. He didn’t read any news or emails for 4-5 months in his preparation to become the World Champion.
- Nico Rosberg believes that self-doubt is healthy as it can be a driver and motivator towards one’s goals.
- He paid attention to many small details that enabled him to make a big difference on the racing track, eventually leading him to win a world title.
- Lewis Hamilton has been his arch-rival since the beginning. They were teammates at Mercedes where they clashed from 2013 to 2016.
- Nico Rosberg credits Lewis Hamilton for possessing the natural talent for the sport. He says that racing requires superior hand-eye coordination and faster processing of the brain.
- Nico Rosberg raced for six years in Formula One without a single win and with only two podium finishes.
- All the hard work for 11 years paid off when he claimed the World Championship in 2016.
- Nico Rosberg says that fear of failure is not a bad thing and that failure is the greatest gift to grow.
- He wants to inspire his kids to live a life of giving.
- The freedom after retirement from racing has allowed Nico to focus on his interests which include green technology and personal development.
- Nico Rosberg is the founder of the GREENTECH FESTIVAL which had 35,000 visitors in its inaugural year in 2018.
- Nico Rosberg has his own YouTube Channel and also hosts the “Beyond Victory” podcast focusing on self-growth and development. His most recent “Leaders4Good” series focuses on interviews with eminent personalities.
- Nico Rosberg defines greatness as the amount of happiness achieved on a personal level and the amount of good done to the people in close circles and around the world.
Nico Rosberg Quotes
- “Just talent is not enough. Everything else counts.”
- “You grow most when you push yourself into the discomfort.”
- “If you cover your basic needs, I think you have a good chance of being happier than the people who’re actually having millions and billions and are famous.”
- “Having everything in balance is the most important in life as well.”
- “Preparation equals confidence.”
- “I also really believe strongly that the people who really push hard will be rewarded one day.”
- “Failure is your greatest gift to grow.”
Inspiration and Influence for Racing
Nico Rosberg credits his father for his inspiration for racing.
- Nico Rosberg’s father, Keke Rosberg, a former Formula One World Champion was the inspiration and influence for him to become a race driver.
- Nico Rosberg says that his father was a workaholic and his expectations pushed him forward.
Talent is Not Enough
- Nico Rosberg says that one must know how to maneuver into the best car with a combination of making smart deals, being emotionally intelligent, having good social skills, knowing the media games, and other things.
- He mentions that cars play a huge part in winning championships.
- Each team in Formula One has 1500 people to put together two cars with a hefty budget.
Lessons Learned Along the Way
Nico Rosberg learned many lessons on his journey to becoming a World Champion.
- Nico Rosberg’s father taught him the lesson that he always meets a person twice. This piece of advice has helped Nico because he always made sure to part ways on good terms which many a time benefitted him later.
- Even though he is shy and keeps to himself, Nico Rosberg has learned that you grow the most when you push yourself into uncomfortable situations.
- He understands why most successful people tend to lean towards their arrogant side. He says that being arrogant gives people who are in the public eye a little bit of strength to deal with the constant attention.
- He notices that most F1 drivers are self-confident with a touch of arrogance.
Simplifying Life, Attention to Details, and Fulfillment
- Nico Rosberg simplified his life while on the quest to win a world title. He did not read any news or emails for 4-5 months preparing to become a World Champion.
- All he did was focus on racing, taking care of himself and his family.
- The weight carried by the racing car plays a role in the speed of the car. Nico Rosberg removed the paint on his helmet, cut off unwanted parts of the driver’s seat, and lost 500 grams of weight to gain an edge in his competition with Lewis Hamilton.
- According to Nico Rosberg, he feels most fulfilled when he is making progress as a human being. He notices it when he is reading a book or while doing good for other people.
Self-doubt, Lewis Hamilton, and Pushing Hard
- Nico Rosberg believes that self-doubt is healthy and it can be a driver and motivator towards one’s goals.
- His rivalry with Lewis Hamilton goes back to the go-karting days when both he and Lewis were sponsored by Mercedes-Benz McLaren at 13 years old because they were the biggest talents in their age class.
- Nico Rosberg credits Lewis Hamilton for having the natural talent for racing. He says that race drivers have superior hand-eye coordination and faster processing of information by the brain.
- Nico Rosberg did not win a race for six years in Formula One. He pushed hard for 11 years and won the World Championship at the end of it.
- Nico Rosberg believes that people who really push hard will be rewarded one day for their efforts.
3 Lessons Nico Rosberg Wants to Leave Behind
- Do things for others
- Never stop growing for yourself
- You always meet a person twice
Life after Retirement
Nico Rosberg likes the freedom he has to do various things after retirement from racing. He has an interest in green technology, and personal development, and wants to inspire his kids to live a life of giving.
- Nico Rosberg founded the GREENTECH FESTIVAL which is a consumer electronics show with a focus on green technology which had 35,000 visitors in its inaugural year in 2018.
- He hosts the “Beyond Victory” podcast which focuses on self-growth and development.
- Nico Rosberg believes that nurture plays a big role in the development of kids and wants to inspire his kids to live a life of giving.
- Nico Rosberg’s mother wanted him to become a Tennis player while his father wanted him to become a Racecar driver.
- Nico Rosberg credits meditation for the big part it played in his F1 journey. He says that he meditated for 45 minutes in the morning and in the evening, along with short ones throughout the day.
- Nico Rosberg derived his confidence from his preparation. The more prepared he was, the more confident he felt.
- Nico Rosberg made small but steady progress throughout the years in Formula One before winning the world title.