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SE45 | The Olympian Mindset with Swimmer, Cullen Jones (Part 2)

Stories from the pool told by a man on a mission. This is part two of Eric Kasimov’s conversation with Cullen Jones, USA Olympian, world record holder, and Olympic gold medalist. In this episode, Eric and Cullen discuss the Olympian mindset, Kobe Bryant, Lebron James, and Michael Jordan’s influence on Cullen, and the dramatic 4×100 relay at the 2008 Olympics in Beijing.

Cullen’s amazing swimming career has the monumental feat of him being the first African American swimmer to hold a world record. As he always has been, Cullen is a man on a mission. 

He is a Development Manager for the Novant Health Foundation Team and he is aAmbassador for the Make a Splash Initiative.

Make a Splash is all about giving the opportunity to every child in America to learn how to swim. Cullen is also the Founder of Sprint41 and a motivational speaker.

We hope you enjoy the second part of this conversation with USA Olympic Gold Medalist, Cullen Jones

Listen to Part 1 with Cullen Jones.

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From Eric after the chat with Cullen Jones, USA Olympian

Recently, I had the opportunity to chat about the Olympics, the athlete’s mindset, and stories from the pool with Olympian & gold medalist, Cullen Jones.

The combination of podcasting, networking, and access to good people has me excited about the opportunities in communication.

Excited because of the people we get to chat with and learn from.

Excited because if done right, there is potential to cut through the spam–you know the messages where people try to sell you on first-contact through social media?!

I remember Cullen well from the Olympics and had become so impressed not only by his 100M Freestyle times but also what he was doing with his platform. Simply put, Cullen is and always has been a man on a mission! From helping with the Novant Health Foundation to working with kids for the Make A Splash initiative with USA Swimming to his motivational speaking.

Thanks to LinkedIn, podcasting, and Cullen for being generous with his time, I got to spend 3 hours over 2 days talking to a real difference-maker about swimming, the Olympics, Coronavirus, mental health, and stories of Michael Phelps and Ryan Lochte.

Thank you to Cullen for his time, kindness, and inspiration!

(as found on LinkedIn)

The Olympian Mindset with Olympic Swimmer, Cullen Jones (Part 2) Headlines

The Importance of Being Prepared

Kobe Bryant, LeBron James, and Michael Jordan’s Influence on Cullen Jones

USA’s Underdog Victory Over the French in the 2008 Beijing Olympics

Trusting the Process and the Olympian Mindset

Defining and Setting Goals (it starts with the Olympian Mindset)

Surrounding Yourself with Excellence

Dealing with Haters on Social Media and at the Event Itself 

The Importance of Learning How to Swim




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