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Friday, August 28, 2015

Good Advice from Johnny Quinn: Think Like An Olympian

Our team had a great meeting last month, looking at change in our organization and the ways that change is leading to opportunity.

Yes - change, while tough at times, can be a good and invigorating thing.

As part of the change opportunity discussion, we had an opportunity to hear from U.S. Olympian Johnny Quinn (of Sochi Olympics fame). His message to us was fantastic - stay prepared, stay focused and be ready to move.

Honestly, his advice was great regardless of whether you're in an organization that's going through change, or you're in midst of some sort of personal transition, or you're training for a fitness goal - and I'm paraphrasing his advice below:
  • Be a learner
  • Be intentional
In so many ways, Johnny's presentation summed up the journey that Kelly and I have been on for the past four years. You can't be afraid to make a change when the opportunity presents itself. Equally important, you can't stop learning and growing while you wait and while you're transitioning. Learning comes from a variety of sources: Books, podcasts, mentors and friends.

Self-imposed life stagnancy will limit your growth.

The thing about stagnancy, though, is that it can catch us by surprise. We get so busy living, working, doing that we forget to pause and consider our intentions, goals and dreams.

You don't have to be an Olympian to think like one. You just need to be willing to continue thinking instead of living on autopilot.

[ For more information on Johnny and his Think Like an Olympian approach, visit his website at ]

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