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Tuesday, January 15, 2013
In his TED Talk, former investment banker turned amateur speed skater, Kevin Jagger, shares his story and his passion for the pursuit of competing.
The financial crisis of 2008 taught Kevin that results are not all they are cracked up to be and one must enjoy the daily pursuits that life presents. It’s not about floating through life with your eyes set on your next vacation, salary or bonus. It’s about springing out of bed and facing the day’s challenges head on–knowing that life’s little battles, if fought hard, will lead to something great. Don’t count the days, make the days count.
McGill University (Canada) alumnus, Kevin Jagger is a former investment banker and media professional who, after watching the 2010 Olympic Games in his hometown Vancouver, decided to take a break from the corporate world and get into high performance sports. Kevin chose long track speed skating as his pursuit–because it’s the only sport he could physically do and wanted to pursue.
Having never tried the sport before, he quit his job and moved to Calgary, Alberta to train full time at Canada’s National training centre. Kevin has maintained a blog since day 1 called Long Track Long Shot, which chronicles his journey from a slightly pudgy cubicle dweller to competing on the Canada Cup circuit–and hopefully one day taking a shot at representing Canada in the Olympics.
Kevin’s blog and highly engaged social media platforms have attracted plenty of attention to his story well beyond the speed skating community, which has resulted in a strong financial support base allowing him to pursue his dream. Recently, Kevin launched a new online sponsorship resource, www.PodiumPlatform.com , that aims to share his experiences successfully connecting with the corporate world to help other amateur athletes do the same and improve their own financial standing.
Take a look at his video and try to learn from Kevin’s experiences.