To hear Nolet and his mother Kim talk about it, his love of baseball and his talent for playing the sport have been crucial in facing the daunting challenge of a childhood learning disability.,He dominated high school baseball as a left-handed pitcher, spending three years at St. Mary’s before transferring to Annapolis High this school year.,There’s little doubt that baseball provided a welcome outlet to the grueling challenge Nolet faced in the classroom during his early school years.,Former St. Mary’s baseball coach Johnny Poss also mentored Nolet through his difficulties and stuck with him for the three years he played with the Saints.,That included working with teachers before school and skipping practices; playing only in games during his freshman year on the St. Mary’s junior varsity team because he spent 12 hours with tutors per week at the Huntington Learning Center in Gambrills.
Training for an Ironman—a 2.4-mile swim, 112-mile bike, and 26.2 mile run—requires a minimum of 20 hours per week for six months, the equivalent of adding a part-time job to the athlete’s schedule.,But not only do endurance athletes survive this insane schedule, they thrive on it, often registering for races the morning after their last one.,Whether you’re planning an Ironman or your company’s five-year strategy, you can apply some practices of endurance athletes to your own professional life.,Since they have so little time to waste, endurance athletes plan every aspect of their day to death.,With time on their hands before a big race, endurance athletes will forecast any and all potential disasters.
It was important for him to improve his ball handling, considering that he will likely be playing point guard a lot more at William & Mary than he did at Severn.,William & Mary Men’s Basketball Coach Tony Shaver loves the attitude Owens has shown in preparing to play at the next level.,Owens, who carried a 3.2 grade point average, chose William & Mary because he has the opportunity to earn significant playing time as a freshman.,What a senior year Owens, a four-year varsity starter, had at Severn.,Keith appreciated how many points Owens scored for his program, but he valued the time the senior put in working with the younger Admirals just as much.
Brent Frei, the co-founder of Smartsheet.com, a project and software management company, looks for people who are “mentally athletic and agile.” He prefers attitude and aptitude over experience. I like his perspective, a lot!
Roger Ferguson, C.E.O of TIAA-CREF, the retirement services provider, is a huge believer in personal responsibility. So am I! The first thing I do with a new client or business is to make sure they own everything in their lives regardless of how difficult that might be. Our parents and early environment may shape who we were but what we become rests upon taking ownership of who we are, our strengths, weaknesses and all the rest. Determining to change what we don’t like and develop ourselves by constantly learning and growing is how will become what we want.
Brad Smith is the chief executive of Intuit, the software company. He learned leadership skills by becoming a black belt by age 18 and teaching 150 students soon after. There, he learned that “success is creating the environment where people can be their best selves and continue to grow and develop.” I love it! In my business I do likewise for the people I coach from athletes to entrepreneurs to adolescents trying to figure out life!
I am a dog person. I playfully postulate that there are two basic sets of humans: dog people and non-dog people. If you are a dog lover then this article by David Hochman in the Sunday Styles section of the New York Times is worth reading. The thesis is that dogs are far smarter and more capable than many people realize. For instance, a 9-year-old Border Collie in South Carolina may know up to a thousand words. Another dog in Japan is capable of detecting early stage colon cancer at an astounding 98 percent success rate! The next time you are tempted to believe your dog is stupid, you might want to put a little time, energy, and money into training him or her better. Much like humans, the more stimulation we give our pets in terms of memory and learning the better!
Adam Bryant interviews Jeff Lawson, the C.E.O of Twilio, a cloud communications company based in San Francisco in this week’s Corner Office section of the Sunday New York Times business section. An entrepreneur since age 12 when he started a video production business, Mr. Lawson discusses the value of communication and resolving conflict something his crew rarely did in his next enterprise, a dot.com company.