How athletes’ sports careers propelled them to future success. Explore the mindsets and practices of other former top athletes and uncover how they transitioned into life after sports.
Harris Fanaroff: The Most Difficult Conversations are also the Most Important
On today's show, I welcome Harris Fanaroff. He is a former Lehigh University baseball player who now helps businesses, leaders, and athletes have difficult conversations. As a leadership and business development coach, Harris has a gift for helping people uncover the deep issues that hold them back from excellence in business and in life. But he's had to fight for that skill. He's had to wrestle his own demons, to confront the pain of his own transition from baseball. He's had to learn how to re-tell his athlete story... and that's at the heart of success in life after sports.
In today's episode, you will:
Hear how Harris reframed– and overcame– a debilitating condition that virtually ended his baseball career overnight.
Learn the differences between mentorship, counseling, and coaching... and why athletes can benefit from some of each.
Discover how introverts and extroverts alike can leverage the power of conversation to tap into new opportunities in life after sports.
Blair Berry: Staying memorable in a crowded field
My guest today is Blair Berry, the Social Media Manager for the Washington Wizards. Blair graduated from East Carolina in 2018, and since then, she's been racking up credentials in the sports media world. Hard to believe that, at one point, she thought she was getting a late start compared to her peers. Needless to say... she's caught up.
Blair is honest about the challenges of getting into the crowded, super-competitive sports media world. But she also shows us a winning formula for making it happen, one opportunity at a time.
In my conversation with Blair Berry:
Discover why former athletes may be in the perfect position to gain experience in sports media– even without the time for a formal internship.
Learn Blair's strategy for building a professional brand through your personal social media presence.
Hear how internships, side-hustles, and on-campus opportunities equipped Blair for a big-time job with an NBA team.
West Covington: The strength of the team
My guest this week is former East Carolina baseball pitcher West Covington, who reminds us that, just because you leave college athletics, doesn't mean you can't be part of a high-performing, satisfying team.
West is a financial adviser with Plancentric Financial Group, a financial services provider within Northwestern Mutual. West took his business degree and pursued a path that a lot of athletes try: sales. But life as a solo financial rep was lonely, and West missed the camaraderie, accountability, and shared wins of being on a team. And so he made a change and found a group that would support him in the same way his baseball team had.
West was honest with me about the challenges that face athletes going into sales... but he's also a huge believer in the skills athletes have to be successful in this challenging field.In my conversation with West Covington:
Hear the one piece of advice West has for his younger self that might have accelerated his sales career.
Learn West's breakthrough strategy for professional networking (I'll give you a hint... it's not on LinkedIn.)
Bonus: hear me reminisce about my own experiences in Northwestern Mutual's grueling internship program... seriously one of the hardest things I've done.
Brett Bartles: Quick Pivots and Goal Chasing
My guest this week is former Duke Baseball player Brett Bartles, who's now the Commercial VP and GM at Kavo Kerr, a Danaher company.
In my conversation with Brett, I've found him to be one of the most self aware individuals I've met. You'll see what I mean when you listen to our conversation.
We discuss his many transitions from baseball to teaching to business school. Along the way, you'll learn how Brett made decisive decisions to pursue what made sense. In hindsight, his decisions are shaping up to be quite the career.
This was one of my favorite conversations to date because of how much I learned during our conversation.
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Kelsey Brinson - Being the Best
Former Florida Gator and the nation's best softball player in 2011, Kelsey Brinson talks athlete transition, a winner's mentality and building again.
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Life After Sports Highlight Reel - Our First 12 Guests
🎉 We're 12 episodes old! Party time! 🎉
In honor of 12 successful episodes, we decided to do something special for #13: a highlight reel of our guests' answers to one question: "What is the one skill that you learned as an athlete that has been most valuable to you in life after sports?"
If you've missed an episode, this is a great chance to preview our early shows. If you're new to Life After Sports, this is a great place to start! Here are a few of the high points of this Greatest Hits episode:
How to make yourself unforgettable in interviews and internships...and then get the job!
How spending time on hobbies and the arts can actually unlock your career interests.
Why athletes make some of the best entrepreneurs, computer programmers, and broadcasters.
Plus, we've got some exciting news about what's next for the Life After Sports podcast. Stick around to the end for that. 😉
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I’m so glad that this perspective is FINALLY getting a platform. Very relatable. I’m excited to see how a successful, competitive mindset works in every day life.
Such a vital topic and so glad you all are telling stories and talking through this transition. I can definitely relate to the difficult but also very rewarding transition.
After listening to the first episode, I’m already eager for the next release. Great stuff! Content all current and former student-athletes should hear.