Episode 53: The Power of Play with Kevin Carroll

Kevin Carroll: Kevin Carroll Katalyst

Kevin is an author of four highly successful books published by ESPN, Disney Press, McGraw-Hill and A Kids Book About. He has helped turn creative ideas into reality for organizations such as Nike, Starbucks, adidas, Walt Disney, Target, Proctor & Gamble, Columbia Sportswear, Mattel, the National Basketball Association and many others.

Kevin has dedicated his life to advancing education, sports and play as a vehicle for social change and success. He was honored to address the United Nations as part of the UN Year of Sports for Development and Peace in 2005 and is an ongoing advisor and active supporter for many global social innovation organizations. Kevin was named by SUCCESS magazine as one of 19 “SEERS – changing the world!”

Kevin believes he is more of a natural dreamer. He learned how to become a doer when he found a mentor who called him to action.

Supportive Yet Demanding

Kevin recalls growing up a dreamer. But he particularly remembers how his best friend’s mom constantly pushed him out of his comfort zone. When Kevin would share his dreams, she would ask what he was going to do about it. She told Kevin many people say they are going to do things but few people follow through. Kevin realized he was supported, but yet demanded of. He truly believes this is an important relationship to have between mentors and parents in the lives of students.

Learning to Speak Up

When Kevin was little, his great grandmother taught him he needed to speak up because people couldn’t read his mind. Kevin took this to heart and began speaking up. This led him to many opportunities he may not have had otherwise! Kevin encourages students to start speaking up for what they want to do. Of course, be mindful of the environment you speak up in, but don’t be afraid to ask.

Working to Improve

Kevin is always asking himself: “How can I get better?” He advises others to stay ready instead of getting ready. When you are always ready you can take opportunities much more easily. Don’t talk about it, be about it!

Key Takeaways

  • Find a supportive yet demanding mentor.
  • Learn to speak up and ask questions.
  • Stay ready and work to improve.

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