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4 Career Lessons from American Olympians

Adam Starr | NonProfitPeople

Shani Davis: Your Career Doesn’t Have to Be Conventional

A gold medalist in both the Torino and Vancouver Olympics, Shani Davis made history in Italy when he became the first African-American to win an individual gold medal in the Winter Games.

A speed skater from Chicago, Davis’ unlikely journey started out as a toddler gliding along on roller skates. He skated so fast and so well that he replaced his wheels with blades at just six years old. By 16, Davis decided that he wanted to make the Olympic team. Ten years later, his lifetime of dedication has paid off enormously.

Your career, doesn’t have to be traditional. Davis’ story reminds us that by tenaciously staying on track, our goals are realizable over the long-term. Davis is a trailblazer; he didn’t wait for others to go before him. Had he followed convention, he may never have tried out for the Olympics, let alone win multiple medals.

Remember: it’s your dream.

Don’t let anyone tell you that you can’t achieve something just because nobody else has.

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