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When Turtles Fly

Book: When Turtles Fly

Have you been watching the Olympics? We have been watching off and on, and of course it is always awesome to see people who are at the top of their profession. Just knowing that each Olympian is the best from their country is quiet inspiring! Did you know that you have a better chance of winning a lottery than you do of winning an Olympic medal?! Those are some crazy odds, aren’t they?

Right before the Olympics started, I got a review copy of a new book called When Turtles Fly: Secrets of Successful People Who Know How To Stick Their Necks Out. Written by Olympic gold medalist Nikki Stone, the book features stories from successful people from different kinds of professions, including her own journey.

The book centers on a turtle analogy which comes from Nikki’s mother. It’s called the “Turtle Effect”, and teaches of 3 things a person needs to have to become a success. Each story draws on aspects of the “Turtle Effect” (a hard shell, a soft inside, and a willingness to stick out your neck), and how they have applied to the individual’s life. It’s not just stories from Olympians, though there are many medal holders included in the book, there is a huge range of success stories! Here is just a sample:

  • Designer Tommy Hilfiger
  • X-Games/Olympic Champ Shaun White
  • Jazz musician Branford Marsalis
  • Special Olympic Chair Timothy Shriver
  • NFL quarterback Steve Young
  • Perfect ’10’ gymnast Nadia Comaneci
  • Prince Albert of Monaco
  • Best-selling author Stephen Covey
  • Olympic skiing Star Lindsey Vonn
  • Top venture capitalist Vinod Khosla
  • Celebrity chef Todd English
  • And many more . . .

I really love to read about people’s stories, so I enjoyed this book a lot. Reading about people overcoming their obstacles and reaching their dreams always gives me hope that it’s possible to do just about anything! Of course it helps to have a passion for what you are doing, and you have to be willing to do the work, and this book demonstrates loads of examples of people doing exactly that. You can learn more about the book, and even submit your own story (in the blog invite section), on the When Turtles Fly website.

I think this is one to keep on the bookshelf, ready for reading when I need a little boost to keep working on my passion.

25% of the author’s net proceeds from the sale of this book will be donated to the American Cancer Society.

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