In celebration of Grand Final season, I revisit an earlier interview with Ben Ikin.

Ben Ikin is a former professional rugby league footballer who played 150 games in the NRL. He played with the Gold Coast Seagulls, North Sydney Bears and Brisbane Broncos. Ben represented Queensland 17 times and played 2 tests for Australia.

He still holds the record as the youngest player ever to play State of Origin football. He also won a premiership with the Brisbane Broncos in the 2000 season.

Following a triumphant playing career, Ben spent 5 years with the Nine Network. He was as a rugby league commentator and co-host of The Sunday Footy Show. Ben also worked for 10 years in various senior commercial roles in the property and construction industry. 

He now works full time in the media with Foxsports and Crocmedia. He is also a director of the North QLD Cowboys and the Men of League Foundation. In addition, he delivers a presentation with Robert Ford, State Director – Queensland, Corporate and Specialised Banking at Bankwest. Robert has 20 years experience as a senior executive of the banking industry. Ben and Robert speak on “high-performance teams and individuals”.

Ben is married to Beth and has four children.

In this episode we talk about:

  • Ben Ikin’s football career
  • The importance of loving what you do
  • How to deal with adversity
  • How to overcome setbacks
  • The character traits of effective leaders
  • The power of self-believe
  • How he balances his personal life, business demands and commitments

Where to find Ben Ikin