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When Turtles Fly: Secrets of Successful People Who Know How To Stick Their Necks Out Paperback – January 26, 2010
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Did you know you have better odds at winning the lottery than an Olympic medal? To bring home one of those coveted medals—or achieve any great personal goal in life—you need a lot more than luck. You need a game plan. What if you could learn the secrets of success from an Olympian? A Nobel Prize winner? A Fortune 500 CEO? Along with anecdotes from her own dramatic journey, Olympic gold medalist Nikki Stone has compiled a treasure trove of compelling stories to illustrate each step on the path to success. She’s gathered humorous, heartwarming and hugely inspirational tales from some of today’s most brilliant business leaders, scientists, soldiers, inventors, philanthropists, musicians, athletes and entrepreneurs…a host of people whose very names epitomize achievement.
About the Author
At the Olympic Winter Games in Nagano, Japan, Nikki Stone became America’s first-ever Olympic Champion in the sport of inverted aerial skiing. What made this performance so unbelievable, was the fact that less than two years earlier, a chronic spinal injury prevented her from standing, much less walking or skiing off a 12-foot tall snow jump that launches aerialists 50 feet into the air. This top spot was far from foreign to Nikki, as throughout her career she earned 35 World Cup medals, eleven World Cup titles, four national titles, two yearlong Aerial World Cup titles, and a World Championship title. You may have seen Nikki in one of her televised commercials or in one of her many television appearances on shows like Late Night with David Letterman and the Today Show. In addition to her skiing endeavors, Nikki is also a Magna Cum Laude graduate of Union College in New York and a Suma Cum Laude masters graduate of the University of Utah. Her aerial retirement is less than restful as she works as a personal & professional development coach, trains other Olympic athletes in speaking skills, hosts group skiing adventures, sits on 5 different sports and philanthropic Committees, and authored the highly anticipated book, "When Turtles Fly".Stone now travels around the world working as a sought-after inspirational speaker, sharing her secrets to success. She encourages and inspires her audiences to "Spread their wings."
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Stone's mother taught her at a young age - you have to be soft inside, but have a tough outer shell and never be afraid to stick your neck out. That is the essence of the flying turtle - and the heart of her book - being excellent and driving for your best performance can propel you to extraordinary possibilities.
The book offers coaching exercises as key takeaways from each profile. For instance, following the story for Lindsey Vonn and the tough training and injuries sustained building up to excellence - she had to do things she didn't like to do. The message - rather than putting off the things you don't like doing, dive right into them, overcome them, and find your passion to build your soft inside.
Some of the other coaching takeaways include:
Create a list of positive words that can turn you around when you hit a rough patch
Take note of your key accomplishments and why they were successful
Connect to childhood dreams
Change your routine
Tackle the baby steps, not the giant tasks right away (pace yourself)
Focus on questions not answers
Know your root focus and why you have it
Organize, prioritize, and stay on track to avoid downward spirals
All of the stories and tips drive the core principles of the book around Passion, Focus, Commitment, Overcoming Adversities, Confidence, Risk, and Teamwork. The support of others through the personal journey of finding the soft inside and being inspired by others creates an attitude and way of being that Stone coins the "Turtle Effect." Being in the right zone of controlling yourself in your environment maintains peak performance. The effect was great enough that is was instrumental in helping Stone's parents survive cancer.
This book will inspire you. It will make you think about who you are and where you're at in a way that will ignite your drive to chase your dreams and fulfill your goals. All the profiles showcased outline the core principles of success and that anybody can make it no matter the background, conditions, or timing. Even better reason to love this book - 25% of the net proceeds are donated to the American Cancer Society.
In the book you get exposed to how people are successful and Nikki shares insightful thoughts and comments based upon her vast experience as an athlete and motivational speaker, that helps you develop a game plan and determine ways you can be successful. A delightful read, quick stories, from interesting people that cause you to think and reflect.
Nikki's honesty in telling her tale is refreshing. She is one who appreciates all that she has worked so hard to accomplish yet she still desires to improve the lives of those around her by sharing her means to obtaining her success.
As a Career Advisor, I recommend this book to clients when someone is looking to make a change and needs to find the guts to stick their neck out to take appropriate risk to achieve their goals. I have given this book as a gift to many in my family, friends and book club. It is a book that I will read again.