Season 5, Episode 5 – What does it take to go from a humble beginning to becoming a world’s leading triathlete? Katie Zaferes holds the answers. From her sunny family fun activity to her Olympic dream, Katie shares an inspiring journey filled with grit and determination.
Brace yourself for a roller coaster ride as we discuss her crash in Tokyo and her amazing comeback to become a World Champion – all within two weeks! Her mental strategies including journalling, guided visualisations, and mantras play a pivotal role in her success. Get a firsthand account of her experience at the Tokyo Olympics and the anxiety she had to overcome.
We also delve into how Katie balances motherhood with the challenges of a triathlon career. She shares her insights on goal setting, how she uses books like Mind Gym and Atomic Habits for mental preparation, and her tips for travel, including managing jet lag and making travel painless. Tune in to this enlightening conversation with Katie Zaferes and discover what it takes to be a leading triathlete!
What I’ve Been Reading
Originals: How Non-Conformists Move the World by Adam Grant (author of previous recommendation ‘Think Again’) is a deep dive into the art of fostering innovation and championing unconventional ideas. The book traverses diverse fields, from business to entertainment, shedding light on how to nurture groundbreaking concepts and defy traditional norms. Grant shares riveting examples, such as an entrepreneur who pitches by spotlighting his startup’s weaknesses. He also delves into the role of educators and parents in nurturing original thought in children. Highlighting stories from Apple to “Seinfeld,” Grant underscores the essence of environments that not only tolerate but celebrate dissent. At its core, “Originals” champions the idea that progress often arises from those willing to challenge the status quo, offering a powerful guide to cultivating and championing innovation.
What I’ve Been Watching
In Carlos Ghosn: The Last Flight, Storyville unravels the sensational escape of Carlos Ghosn, the ex-CEO of Renault-Nissan Alliance, from Japan in December 2019. Facing charges of financial crimes, he evaded capture using a cello box. This documentary, with an exclusive interview with Ghosn, dives deep into his journey from a celebrated CEO to a fugitive. Born in Brazil and educated in France, Ghosn epitomized the global free-trade ethos. Rising to prominence in 1999, he masterminded Nissan’s comeback from the brink of bankruptcy, subsequently achieving a rare celebrity status in Japan with fans seeking autographs and a best-selling comic based on his life. Yet, behind the acclaim lurked accusations of corporate excess. His unexpected arrest painted him as a power-abusing leader, overshadowing his erstwhile achievements. It is fascinating from both a corporate and cultural perspective.
TED Talk I’ve Found Interesting
As my teenage daughter approaches her 17th birthday and the daunting task of teaching her to drive looms ahead, understanding teenage risk-taking becomes even more crucial. In a TED Talk titled How risk-taking changes a teenager’s brain, Kashfia Rahman delves into the perplexing world of teenage decision-making. Winning the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair and now a Harvard freshman, Rahman designed an experiment to study high school students’ responses to risk and its impact on their evolving brains. Her discoveries offer a fresh perspective on teenage choices, suggesting it isn’t mere recklessness but a natural phase they undergo. Rahman’s insights could provide valuable guidance as we navigate my daughter’s upcoming driving lessons and the challenges of her teenage years.
Quote of the Week
Again, with teaching my daughter to drive in mind I’m pondering:
“Adolescents are more likely to act on their impulses and engage in risky, potentially addicting behaviour before considering the consequences. This is the first time individuals have the neurobiological capacity for such feelings of passion and excitement in the absence of mature capacity for self-regulation.”
– Laurence Steinberg.
The Trusted Team
A wise man once said that information tells whereas a story sells. The power of a good story can help us grow our business exponentially, as well as craft our company culture. Our ancestors knew the power of stories but are we using them successfully in our business. If you don’t know your company’s Story Playbook, how can you use them to market to new clients as well as bring passion to the team; that’s where The Story Playbook, a concept we talk about at The Trusted Team can help.
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