Ep #72: Olympic Gold Medalist Adam Kreek

In today’s episode, we welcome Adam Kreek, one of North America’s top Management Consultants and Executive Coaches with degrees and certifications from Stanford University, UBC Sauder School of Business, and Queens Smith School of Business. He is a guest lecturer at the University of Victoria. He teaches strategies and skills of self-leadership, leadership, high performance, and perseverance to corporate and government teams globally through keynotes, workshops, and online seminars.

Adam is a husband, father of three, and an active volunteer in his community and nationally through his work past and present with various health, youth empowerment, and human rights not-for-profit organizations.

A two-time Olympian, Adam holds 60 international medals, including Olympic Gold, and multiple hall of fame inductions. In 2013, Adam made the first-ever attempt to row unsupported across the Atlantic Ocean from Africa to America, the subject of the NBC Dateline Documentary, Capsized.

If you’re finding a new direction, be it in your personal life or career, this episode will help you gain a better perspective. Adam shares with us numerous inspirational insights, one of which is, “The value should be the foundation of your mission, of what you’re doing, and the vision of how you see the future and how you see your business changing the world. Listen as we analyze the four-year analogy, the power of non-attainment, and the happy fail.

Episode Highlights:

●      Better Performance in Podcasting and Sports (1:46)

●      Adam Falling Off the Wagon (9:26)

●      The Four Year Analogy (15:13)

●      Patterns of Life and Long Term Perspective (17:28)

●      The Power of Non-Attainment (19:40)

●      The Happy Fail (24:07)

●      Uncovering Your Values in Life  (32:24)

●      Performance Tips for Highly Driven Individuals (43:45)

●      Book Recommendations (49:45)


Resources Mentioned In This Episode:

●      Know more about Adam through his website: www.kreekspeak.com

●      Adam’s book, The Responsibility Ethic, is about the 12 principles of self-leadership. Grab your copy and discover how you can drive more results and achieve success! Receive a FREE chapter by sending an email to info@kreekspeak.com

●      Connect with Adam:

o   Twitter

o   YouTube

o   LinkedIn

●      Book Recommendations:

o   Principles by Ray Dalio

o   The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People by Stephen Covey

o   Works of Peter Drucker: The Father of Post-War Management Thinking

o   The War of Art by Steven Pressfield

o   Eat That Frog! by Brian Tracy

o   Awaken the Giant Within  by Anthony Robbins

o   How to Win Friends and Influence People by Dale Carnegie

o   Getting Things Done by David Allen

o   Scaling Up by Verne Harnish

o   Born Standing Up by Steve Martin

o   On Writing by Stephen King

o   The Autobiography of Benjamin Franklin by Benjamin Franklin

o   Going to Pieces Without Falling Apart by  Mark Epstein

o   Brain Rules by John Medina

o   Mindset by Carol Dweck

o   The Four Agreements by don Miguel Ruiz

o   A New Earth by Eckhart Tolle

o   The Wayfinders by Wade Davis

o   Guns, Germs, and Steel by Jared Diamond

o   Sapiens by Yuval Noah Harari


“You are going to fall off the horse, and you need to find a way to get back on if this is truly what you wanna do.”

“The Olympics occur once every four years. If you’re starting a business… it’s going to take four years for it to really come to flourish in, to slot in, and to start feeling comfortable and actually delivering results.”

“It takes four years to do something significant.”

“If you’re not planning from a business standpoint, if you’re not thinking four years out where you’re gonna be, [then] you’re not thinking long term enough, you’re not thinking big enough, and you need to elevate your ability to generate vision.”

“As someone who has to be at the top one percent, as someone who has to be a business leader, you can’t just go year-by-year, quarter-by-quarter.”

“Most people, in the short term, overestimate what they can do, and they underestimate what they can do in the long term.”

“As you age, you see the patterns of life emerge, and you can start seeing with that perspective more easily. “

“When you set out to achieve something big and don’t quite achieve it, it actually opens doors where you didn’t know any doors existed. “

“It’s not about the journey. It’s not about the destination. It’s about the journey and the destination together. It’s the interplay of the two.”

“The happy fail is really related to your values.”

“Sometimes, a desire can actually take you over and push you towards an unhappy success or an unhappy failure.”

“Materialism can be quite toxic. If that becomes your primary focus, it’s really deflating.”

“Once you identify which values are missing from your life, create a couple of principles around that, create habits, and cultivate those principles and habits so that you can slowly change your life’s  direction.”

“The value should be the foundation of your mission, of what you’re doing, and the vision of how you see the future and how you see your business changing the world.”