The Oval Office

AthleteBiz wholeheartedly encourages athletes and everyone involved in our sport to consider buying this book. Lauryn Williams, four-time Olympian and founder of financial well-being company Worth Winning, has been a respected voice and strong advocate for athletes for many years. She deeply understands what it takes to become a total professional and she has consolidated her wisdom in this easy-to-read book. AthleteBiz was created to help athletes be as successful “off the track” as they are as competitors, and this book provides expert practical guidance on exactly this subject.
The following is an excerpt from Lauryn’s recently released book, The Oval Office: A Four-Time Olympian’s Guide to Professional Track & Field

The Oval Office:
A Four-Time Olympian’s Guide to Professional Track & Field
by Lauryn Williams
Buy on Amazon: https://amzn.to/2IahdnY


Being a professional athlete is a full-time commitment, so it’s easy to fall into the trap of thinking that your every waking moment needs to be dedicated to your performance. When this happens your identity becomes wrapped up into who you are as an athlete instead of being grounded in who you are as a person. Your confidence soars with every first-place finish and disappears with a less than stellar performance. But, that’s normal because you’re a professional athlete, right?

Wrong! You may be tempted to wrap your identity inside your performance, but it is one of the most dangerous things you can do. Being your “best you” is a lifelong practice. You are an athlete, but that is not your entire makeup. Your participation in sports is part of your story, not the entire story.

The biggest benefit of being an athlete is not money or medals, but building community, creating lifelong friendships, and having new experiences. We push ourselves to reach perfection in sports and often don’t stop until we get there. Don’t let your aspiration ruin your relationships, which are far more valuable than medals and money. Your life is more than sports, even if it is the way you earn money. Don’t forget to enjoy what is happening right now each and every day as you train.

One of the best things you can do to remind yourself that you are more than an athlete in the present is to spend time understanding and developing who you are outside of sports. As you discover your interests you will find great pleasure from life off the track. You could take time to expand your education, serve in an internship, or volunteer for an organization. Try out hobbies and explore what passions you have outside of your sport. It doesn’t have to be grand; all of it matters.


The Oval Office:
A Four-Time Olympian’s Guide to Professional Track & Field
by Lauryn Williams
Buy on Amazon: https://amzn.to/2IahdnY


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