Alexander “Yeti” Lawson is a professional Rainbow 6 Siege player for eUnited for the past 3 years. He enjoys personal fitness, gaming, being with friends and family, and also traveling the world.
In this episode, we cover the transfer of physical training to gaming and esports, how learning to lead and follow requires you to check your ego, and how being open to criticism is what will take you to the next level in your gameplay.
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Yeti’s background (01:00)
Lessons taken from traditional sports (02:47)
Yeti’s path of professional development (03:45)
His physical training routine (05:48)
eUnited team practice routine (08:20)
The differences between pros and aspiring pros (09:25)
Learning to lead and follow (10:48)
Elements of pro playing that are overrated and underrated (12:26)
Key advice for young players (14:45)
In-game and out of game fixes (16:27)
Rapid-fire questions (17:59)
Transfer of physical training to in-game performance
The way individuals train for traditional sports is similar to how you would approach training in gaming and esports, both physically and mentally. The body-mind connection can be trained individually and in unison. Yeti speaks on how his physical training helps him build up physical and mental resiliency when he plays competitive esports. His ability to cope with high-stress situations increases the more he exposes himself to training stimuli outside of the game.
Learning how to leader and good teammate requires an on-going process of learning and self-mastery
Team dynamics are crucial for overall in-game performance and this starts without game training and preparation. Yeti and his team are constantly reading books on leadership and developing communication that can lend themselves to in-game performance.
A few of the books he mentions are Ego is the Enemy by Ryan Holiday and Leadership Strategies and Tactics by Jocko Willink.
Being open to criticism
There are many people who are talented with insane mechanics, game sense, and game knowledge. The biggest difference between the good players and the great players is the ability to take criticism openly without wanting to defend yourself. This process of feedback and honest self-examination is what leads to a deeper sense of personal and professional growth and development.
To learn more about what we cover in our conversation check out the full episode here.