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The SHIFT Podcast

The SHIFT Podcast

By Jonathan Van Horn
Welcome to the SHIFT Podcast: Hosted by Jonathan Van Horn working to assist athletes through successful transition in sport and life. Diving into the lives of athletes and explore the impact and opportunities of transitions, truly the proving ground for success. You will hear personal stories of elite athletes as they experienced success and the struggles as they navigated various transitions as an athlete, within their sport, and through the ups and downs of life. Enjoy the show!
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Episode 023 - Ricardo Kaka - World Cup winner, 2007 Ballon d'Or (Global Player of the Year), Husband, and Father
Ricardo Kaka, famed Brazilian professional footballer (soccer) has accomplished what most athletes have only dreamed about: Won the World Cup in 2002 with Brazil, won the UEFA Champions League with AC Milan, 2007 Ballon d'Or winner, listed in Time magazine's top 100 most influential people in 2008 and 2009, and much more.   In this episode we dive into his career, some of the more difficult moments of loss and success. Also, what his transition to life after playing professional has been like, and how his perspective and mindset has shifted from looking forward to the 50,000 fans on Sunday to playing and enjoying the present moments with his kids. Kaka shares about how his faith in God has kept him grounded and given him strength as he navigated some of those difficult moments in his playing career and provided a strong foundation for who he is, focusing on the present, and preparing for the future.  The interview was originally recorded with Kaka, Andy Searles (chaplain and character coach for Orlando City in the MLS), and your host Jonathan Van Horn for the Pro Soccer Chaplains Network Kickoff Conference in January of 2021 and being reposted on the SHIFT podcast with permission of Kaka, Andy Searles, and the Pro Soccer Chaplains Network.  Enjoy the show!
38:51
June 17, 2021
Episode 022 - Nikki Phillips - USA and Poland National Team Player, 1st Round Draft Pick, Significance of Being Present and How Your Experiences Shape Your Perspective
Nikki Phillips grew up in the famed hotbed of soccer, Cliffton, NJ. First-round draft pick for the Women's Professional League, Conference player of the year at U. Virginia, Played for the Poland National Team, and played in the NWSL. Growing up Nikki was invited to play for the US Women's Youth National Team, her coach emphasized the importance of being present and in the moment. And while traveling to countries all around the world, make the most of the experiences in the places the beautiful game of soccer takes you.  Nikki and Jonathan also talked about: Nikki taking a year off from playing professionally to focus on her marriage and build into her relationship with her husband John.  Why it is important to recognize you have been placed in the space you are in for a reason -- be intentional! Word of advice: Nikki would have started investing earlier in her career, and why there is value in taking advantage of the financial opportunities and options available to you as a professional. Life's realities and struggles being married to a pro athlete - Nikki's husband played in the NFL. And so much more, enjoy Nikki's story, her heart, and the power sport has to forge strong and beautiful friendships along the way! Plus, enjoying the stories you are hearing on the podcast? Want to learn more about the SHIFT framework and how to successfully maximize transitions? Coming this summer 2021 -- SHIFT: The Athlete's Playbook, 5 Proven Steps to Life after Sport -- learn more, pre-order the book, and join the launch team at shiftmystory.com! Connect with Nikki Phillips: Twitter Instagram Connect with Jonathan Van Horn: Join SHIFT Book Launch Team Website LinkedIn Instagram Twitter
43:10
June 8, 2021
Episode 021 - Devala Gorrick - 12 Year Professional Athlete, Power of Belief, Struggle of Discovery, Learning from Failure
In this episode of the SHIFT Podcast, we hang out with Devala Gorrick, a 12-year professional soccer player. Gorrick competed in Europe and throughout North America and now resides in Denver, CO. We discuss the lie or myth about being invincible as a pro athlete, thinking that your career will last forever, then the reality of one day waking up and it's over. The reality hit hard when he finished playing, “I’m done”, then he thought, “oh man, what now?”  His ability to take risks and experiencing failure was important to his development as a pro. He took that same skill and applied it to life after sport. Lessons about making the most of the moments and truly be present and enjoy the relationships and experiences around you. Enjoy the openness, honesty, and stories shared in today's show with Devala Gorrick! Plus, enjoying the stories you are hearing on the podcast? Want to learn more about the SHIFT framework and how to successfully maximize transitions? Coming this summer 2021 -- SHIFT: The Athlete's Playbook, 5 Proven Steps to Life after Sport -- learn more, pre-order the book, and join the launch team at shiftmystory.com! Connect with Devala Gorrick: Website Instagram Twitter LinkedIn Facebook Connect with Jonathan Van Horn: Join SHIFT Book Launch Team Website LinkedIn Instagram Twitter
44:38
May 31, 2021
Episode 020 - Marques Ogden - NFL to Bankruptcy to Sought After Keynote Speaker, Author, and Entrepreneur
After hitting rock bottom with a failed business after his NFL career, Marques Ogden embarked on a journey of self-discovery. Along the way, Marques clarified his why to help athletes and others to inspire and be successful by guiding others to not make the same mistakes he made as an athlete and business owner.   Hindsight is 20-20, recognizing that he was not ready to make the transition to life after sport, lost was a word that continued to be shared during our conversation. We discuss the importance of starting now, don't wait, take small steps if that's all you can, but start now to prepare for the transition.  Enjoy the show! Plus, enjoying the stories you are hearing on the podcast? Want to learn more about the SHIFT framework and how to successfully maximize transitions? Coming this summer 2021 -- SHIFT: The Athlete's Playbook, 5 Proven Steps to Life after Sport -- learn more, pre-order the book, and join the launch team at shiftmystory.com! Connect with Marques Ogden: Website Twitter LinkedIn Book: The Success Cycle  Connect with Jonathan Van Horn: Join SHIFT Book Launch Team Website LinkedIn Instagram Twitter
35:43
May 25, 2021
Episode 019 - Dasan Robinson - Cleveland Fan, Educator, Coach, MLS Draft Pick
Dasan Robinson was drafted in 2006 by the Chicago Fire of Major League Soccer. He went on to have a successful career playing for the Chicago Fire, Toronto FC, and LA Galaxy.  After retiring in 2012 Dasan began his journey of life beyond sport and realizing he didn't really have a plan. His plan to retire was more out of fear because numerous injuries prevented him from competing!  He also shares about the impact of discovery and willingness to take risks in sport and life and the importance of finding jobs that you can compete in helping him find his next career.  Dasan opens up about the ups and downs of sport and life and how his experience as a professional athlete shaped who he is today.  Enjoy the show! Plus, enjoying the stories you are hearing on the podcast? Want to learn more about the SHIFT framework and how to successfully maximize transitions? Coming this summer 2021 -- SHIFT: The Athlete's Playbook, 5 Proven Steps to Life after Sport -- learn more, pre-order the book, and join the launch team at shiftmystory.com! Connect with Dasan Robinson LinkedIn Facebook Connect with Jonathan Van Horn: Join SHIFT Book Launch Team SHIFT Podcast Facebook Page Website LinkedIn Instagram Twitter
49:22
May 11, 2021
Episode 018 - Tom Heinemann - Humility, Self-Awareness, and the Impact of Having the Right People Around You to succeed in Sport, Life, and Transitions!
In this episode of the SHIFT podcast, we connect with Tom Heinemann, husband, father, entrepreneur, and retired pro soccer player. Tom is now the assistant coach at Belmont University in Nashville, TN as well as on the Executive Committee for the United Soccer League Players Association and Match Evaluator for Major League Soccer.  You will hear about how humility and hard work helped propel Tom throughout his career from high school to the professional ranks. The Importance of staying connected to your network, even though he was in pre-season without a contract, he maintained connections with other coaches by maintaining a line of communication in case things didn't work out. That practice landed him his first pro contract.  Plus, enjoying the stories you are hearing on the podcast? Want to learn more about the SHIFT framework and how to successfully maximize transitions? Coming this summer 2021 -- SHIFT: The Athlete's Playbook, 5 Proven Steps to Life after Sport -- learn more, pre-order the book, and join the launch team at shiftmystory.com! Enjoy the show! Connect with Tom Heinemann: Twitter LinkedIn Connect with Jonathan Van Horn: Join SHIFT Book Launch Team Website LinkedIn Instagram Twitter
55:28
May 4, 2021
Episode 017 - Hakeem Valles - Hog-tied in Haiti and Fearing for His life to NFL tight end, Real Estate Investor, and Founder of Perspective Global Media
Hakeem Valles shares his powerful story of the moment that shifted and changed his perspective for the rest of his life. His willingness to take risks, put in the work, and maximize moments that have created more opportunities as he continues to move forward as an athlete and in his businesses. Risk is something that we all need to take in order to grow and succeed in sport and life. Hakeem shares, "yeah I think it takes time, patience, and the elimination of the fear of judgment. I think a lot of people fear judgment too heavily to ultimately go towards whatever their true calling is or what their true north is because they are scared to be called corny or called different or called weird. Like when I was in middle school, I used to go at 6 am to meet with a substitute teacher to do magic tricks because I wanted to be the next David Blaine, and my teammates all thought I was weird for that but I didn’t care!" Overcoming Fear: We talked about fear and how fear holds you back from taking risks. Valles' advice to practice overcoming fear, he said, "This is going to be the wildest piece of advice, go to a mall and lay on the floor for 90 seconds, get up and walk away." It will help you practice overcoming fear so that in the moments when something of value is on the line, you are prepared!   You don't want to miss this one, enjoy! Connect with Hakeem Valles: LinkedIn Instagram Tik Tok Twitter Connect with Jonathan: Website The SHIFT Course Linkedin         Facebook         Instagram         Twitter           Connect with Wells: Website         Linkedin         YouTube         Facebook         Email: Wells@WellsThompsonSoccer.com Cell: (336)575-3324
46:12
November 23, 2020
Episode 016 - Austin Da Luz - Bucking the Trend, Becoming a Dad, Struggles of retiring, and the Pursuit of a new career!
For Austin Da Luz, soccer was in his blood! He grew up on the soccer fields at Wake Unversity with dad coaching the women's program. After a successful university career and a national championship, Da Luz was drafted in the first round of Major League Soccer by NY Red Bulls in 2010.  After a few years in the MLS, Austin signed with the then Carolina Railhawks in 2012.  Other than playing one year in Orlando, Da Luz made Raleigh home and played for 7 years for the Railhawks and rebrand North Carolina FC. Austin sharing a bit about himself, "I’ve always sort of bucked against the idea that all I am is a soccer player. That idea is always in the back of our heads as athletes but my personality and the way I’ve tried to make this transition [to life after sport] easier over the past several years to buck against that idea and to do things away from soccer to give myself the confidence that i would be ok when it ended."  After retiring, the struggle was real when interviewing and talking to potential employers: "I found that when people are looking to hire they really value the skills that athletes bring, they really value the non-traditional experience you know, but when it came down to it [I was told] 'you don’t have enough tradition experience for us to give you a chance.'"  Hear the authentic and real ups and downs that Austin experienced as he navigated retirement, the job market, and the joys of the birth of his son; all in the midst of COVID, quarantine, shutdowns, and all that 2020 has brought us.  Enjoy the show! Connect with Austin: Twitter Instagram LinkedIn Connect with Jonathan: Website The SHIFT Course Linkedin         Facebook         Instagram         Twitter           Connect with Wells: Website         Linkedin         YouTube         Facebook         Email: Wells@WellsThompsonSoccer.com Cell: (336)575-3324
45:59
November 18, 2020
Episode 015 - Steve Ralston - Major League Soccer Legend and 2nd All-Time MLS Leader in Assists and How He had the Feeling He Always had Something to Prove!
In this episode of the SHIFT podcast, we connect with Steve Ralston, legendary MLS player and original MLS draft pick in 1996 to the Tampa Bay Mutiny. Steve's journey to the professional ranks was anything but normal. He never started on his high school team, wasn't the best player on his club team, and attended a local community college in St. Louis his first year of college. Steve then transferred to Florida International U, where he says the coach never actually saw him play - crazy! Steve went onto lead the nation in scoring his junior year, and shares about the surreal experience of going from having a poster of Carlos Valderrama in his dorm room to sitting next to him in the locker room! Through the ups and downs of his successful pro career, Steve dives into what he believes gave him the greatest success, his character, consistency, and grit! You will also hear some good stories from Wells and Steve during their playing days together with the New England Revolution.  After Steve's playing career ended, he moved into coaching with the Houston Dynamo and San Jose Earthquakes with former teammate Dominic Kinnear and recently moved cross country with his family to Philidelphia in another significant transition. Enjoy the show! Connect with Steve: LinkedIn Connect with Jonathan: Website The SHIFT Course Linkedin       Facebook       Instagram       Twitter         Connect with Wells: Website       Linkedin       YouTube       Facebook       Email: Wells@WellsThompsonSoccer.com Cell: (336)575-3324
44:41
October 22, 2020
Episode 014 - Raymond Harrison - Playing Football at U Cincinnati, to now working with University Athletes - a journey to empower, serve, and champion others!
Raymond Harrison grew up in the suburbs of Chicago and when he started playing football, the moments he loved were when "you hit someone's head off!" Competing against his older brother, Rodney, pushed Raymond to love the game and pursue the opportunity to compete at the University of Cincinnati. After an up and down career and multiple coaching changes, Raymond made the transition to life after football and began competing in a new arena -- the athletic department where he began building into athletes.  When reflecting on growing up, where he came from, and what has shaped him:  "Hey man, I’m a young black dude growing up in Chicago. I wasn’t supposed to be where I am, I wasn't supposed to be. I wasn’t a very good football player I mean I can hit somebody. I got a chance to go get a degree from a place I ended up getting 2 degrees from. A place my boys lived a life totally different than the life I lived.  Yes, this is my job, man, I haven’t worked a day in 22 years. I serve. I get a chance to live out ministry .. serving people!" When asked about the power and impact of football on his life: "The thing that prepared me more than anything else, was sport. So many transferable skills about life, we talk about life skills and that’s always there - my background is academics and life skills. This is life and death. You can either set your life on the right path or the wrong path." Raymond currently is an Associate Athletic Director at NC State, Go Wolfpack! With previous stops at the University of Louisville, University of South Carolina, and Texas A&M. Raymond's heart to invest in the lives of athletes and assist them in the process of seeing themselves as more than an athlete inspires his work and focus. The athletes' value and significance goes far beyond what they do in athletic competition!  Hear Raymond's story and an amazing "small world" moment with co-host Jonathan, even though they met each other for the first time on the show! Enjoy! Connect with Raymond Harrison: LinkedIn Twitter  Connect with Jonathan: Website The SHIFT Course Linkedin     Facebook     Instagram     Twitter       Connect with Wells: Website     Linkedin     YouTube     Facebook     Email: Wells@WellsThompsonSoccer.com Cell: (336)575-3324
53:00
October 9, 2020
Episode 013 - Jesse Anthony - 13-year Pro Cyclist, USA Cycling Cyclocross Manager, Leveraging his experience as a professional in his role as a coach
Jesse Anthony grew up grinding through the mud, gravel, and obstacles competing in cyclocross; shorter courses consisting of pavement, hills, gravel, and grass. Cyclocross forces riders to quickly get off their bikes to overcome obstacles and jump back on and keep riding. Jesse eventually made the full transition to professional road cycling in 2008. He retired in 2018 after a successful 13-year career! Shortly after retiring, he was approached by USA Cycling to become the manager for USA Cycling's cyclocross program.  Anthony now coaches, builds into, and helps develop riders for USA Cycling Cyclocross. Jesse shares his incredible story, including overcoming an almost 18-month hiatus due to injuries and mono, and the breaking point that allowed him to fully commit, take the risks necessary, and race with freedom.  Connect with Jesse:  Instagram   LinkedIn  Twitter  Facebook  Connect with Jonathan: Website The SHIFT Course Linkedin   Facebook   Instagram   Twitter     Connect with Wells: Website   Linkedin   YouTube   Facebook   Email: Wells@WellsThompsonSoccer.com Cell: (336)575-3324
52:44
September 28, 2020
Episode 010 - Matt Pickens - What will you Decide? - Community College to MLS 1st Rounder and an impressive 16-year pro career!
This episode focuses on the power of our choices and controlling what you can control! Decisions at the end of the day are something that we all have control over. Matt Pickens opens up and shares about the ups and downs of the decisions he’s made throughout his amazing 16-year pro career.  From deciding to attend a community college his first year to being selected in the first round of the MLS draft in 2004 and even a brief stint in Europe. Eventually, Pickens finishing his career in the USL Championship with Nashville SC by winning the Golden Glove award in 2019!   Pickens transitioned shortly after retiring at the end of the 2019 season into coaching full time and currently serves as the goalkeeping coach for MLS's Nashville SC.  Matt invites us into his world and the transition he’s made from playing to coaching, how it SHIFTed his mindset as an athlete from focusing on self to being more focused on others, and how that change has impacted his life, his family, and those he’s coaching!  Enjoy the show! Connect with Matt: LinkedIn Connect with Jonathan: Website The SHIFT Course Linkedin Facebook Instagram Twitter   Connect with Wells: Website Linkedin YouTube Facebook Email: Wells@WellsThompsonSoccer.com Cell: (336)575-3324
44:44
September 14, 2020
Episode 012 - Quincy Amarikwa - Part 2 - Entrepreneur, Co-Founder Black Players for Change, Mental Strength Coach, Professional Soccer Player
Part 2 of our time with Quincy Amarikwa, co-founder of Black Players for Change and Mental Strength League.  Key Quotes: "The amplification and elevation of the voice only come from others and can only happen as a result from the individual within the system. What do you choose to do, how do you choose to act or behave moving forward - which voices do you choose to elevate and amplify? Are you willing to amplify and elevate voices that are different from your own? That is a question that everyone has to answer themselves." Ask about taking risks and overcoming challenges for continued growth and maturation, Quincy emphasized, "Your why has to be big enough!" Your driving force, passion has to be bigger than the risk and challenge you are overcoming or working to accomplish! Enjoy the part 2 of our conversation with Quincy Amarikwa and make sure to check him out at quincyamarikwa.com  Connect with Quincy: Website Mental Strength League Instagram - personal - #askasoccerpro Perfect Soccer Podcast Perfect Soccer Skills Connect with Jonathan: Website The SHIFT Course Linkedin     Facebook     Instagram     Twitter       Connect with Wells: Website     Linkedin     YouTube     Facebook     Email: Wells@WellsThompsonSoccer.com Cell: (336)575-3324
44:44
September 10, 2020
Episode 011 - Quincy Amarikwa - Part 1 - Entrepreneur, Co-Founder Black Players for Change, Mental Strength Coach, Professional Soccer Player
On the field, off the field - Quincy Amarikwa brings nothing but the best! Quincy was born the eldest and only son of four to father Charles Amarikwa from Owerri, Nigerian and mother Veronica Amarikwa from Superior, Montana. He is one of the Black Players for Change Co-Founders as well as a mental strength coach, entrepreneur, and investor competing in his 12th year as a professional soccer player. Insightful, thoughtful, introspective, authentic, and honest are words that describe the show and our conversation! One of the highlights, there are plenty, when he and Wells talked about an athletes' greatest strengths becoming their greatest weakness. Quincy shared,  "I talk to a lot of the guys over time saying your greatest strength will inevitably become your greatest weakness because you'll ignore or you'll stop the work that made it your greatest strength. The world as you see it will start to become what you envision it to be and you may lose sight of the little things you did over a long period of time that got you there in the first place." Enjoy the show! Connect with Quincy: Website Mental Strength League Instagram - personal - #askasoccerpro Perfect Soccer Podcast Perfect Soccer Skills Connect with Jonathan: Website The SHIFT Course Linkedin   Facebook   Instagram   Twitter     Connect with Wells: Website   Linkedin   YouTube   Facebook   Email: Wells@WellsThompsonSoccer.com Cell: (336)575-3324
45:48
September 10, 2020
Episode 009 - Omar Cummings - From Almost Quitting the Game of Soccer, to becoming a Jamaican International and MLS Star
Omar Cummings was a special player, and is a special man. He's always smiling, has a positive outlook on life, and leaves you feeling better about yourself and the world around you. On the pitch, he was a true competitor! He played professionally for 11 years, winning an MLS Cup with co-host Wells Thompson and was 'capped' 35 times, scoring 7 goals, for the Jamaican National Team.  Join us as Omar takes us back to where it all started, his beloved homeland of Jamaica, and gives us an inside look into his youth, relationship with his brother and extended family, and the journey he took to becoming the player he was and the man he is today!  Connect with Omar: Facebook Instagram Twitter Connect with Jonathan: Website The SHIFT Course Linkedin Facebook Instagram Twitter   Connect with Wells: Website Linkedin YouTube Facebook Email: Wells@WellsThompsonSoccer.com Cell: (336)575-3324 Connect with Michael: Linkedin Facebook Twitter Instagram Michael builds School in Sierra Leon
55:54
August 25, 2020
Episode 008 - Kelly Conheeney - College Soccer Star at Va. Tech, Career Ending Concussions, Dreams Coming True After 3 Years Off
Kelly played professional soccer in the NWSL for the Sky Blue FC and Houston Dash, played in Sweden, and played collegiately for Virginia Tech from 2009-2013. She discusses the concussion issues she faced, having to sit out 2 years at Virginia Tech because of them, not being able to play in the Final Four, and her year with Coaches Across Continents to teach soccer to disadvantaged kids. She's bright, energetic, and bold; chasing her dreams, achieving them after a three-year hiatus from the game. Her story will inspire you to chase your own dreams, and not to give up on them, regardless of the circumstances. Enjoy! Connect with Kelly: Linkedin Facebook Twitter Connect with Jonathan: Website The SHIFT Course Linkedin Facebook Instagram Twitter Connect with Wells: Website Linkedin YouTube Facebook Email: Wells@WellsThompsonSoccer.com Cell: (336)575-3324 Connect with Michael: Linkedin Facebook Twitter Instagram Michael builds School in Sierra Leon
48:09
August 13, 2020
Episode 007 - Othello "OT" Johnson - Liberian Civil War Survivor, Refugee, Wrestler, UNCP Head Coach
Othello "OT" Johnson was born in Liberia and has an amazing story of survival, persistence, endurance, and the will to live well! He's a childhood friend of Wells and is currently in his 10th season at the helm of the UNCP wrestling program, having already turned in five of the finest seasons in its history. He's a husband and father to two beautiful girls and his story will leave you inspired, encouraged, and more grateful for the gift of life!     Connect with OT: Facebook Linkedin Website: Johnson Athletic Camps Twitter Connect with Jonathan: Website The SHIFT Course Linkedin Facebook Instagram Twitter Connect with Wells: Website Linkedin YouTube Facebook Email: Wells@WellsThompsonSoccer.com Cell: (336)575-3324 Connect with Michael: Linkedin Facebook Twitter Instagram Michael builds School in Sierra Leon
01:04:47
August 3, 2020
Episode 006 - Natalie Allport - Lifelong Entrepreneur, Former National Team Snowboarder, Founder of 93 Agency, and creator of the ALL IN Podcast
Natalie Allport is a former national team snowboarder, pro athlete, and lifelong entrepreneur. She runs a digital marketing agency, 93 Agency, has over a decade of experience in social media marketing and personal branding, and is passionate about helping athletes and entrepreneurs build their brands and businesses in the same way she did.  Natalie calls athletes to be ALL IN on her podcast and platform, which shares high-performance tips on business, wellness, marketing, and life, as well as interviewing top athletes, entrepreneurs, and high-performers. Her hope and desire is to inspire motivated individuals to take action in their own lives and go ALL IN on creating the life they deserve. Natalie has been featured by several notable media outlets on her athletic, educational, and entrepreneurial pursuits. Connect with Natalie: Website 93 Agency Instagram Twitter Connect with Jonathan: Website The SHIFT Course Linkedin Facebook Instagram Twitter Connect with Wells: Website Linkedin YouTube Facebook Email: Wells@WellsThompsonSoccer.com Cell: (336)575-3324 Connect with Michael: Linkedin Facebook Twitter Instagram Michael builds School in Sierra Leon
42:55
July 24, 2020
Episode 005 - Ben King - Pro Cyclist, The Tour de France, Getting "His Face Smashed In," Battle with Bingeing, and Soon to be Father
Growing up in the mountains of Virginia to climbing mountains in the Tour de France - Pro Cyclist Ben King shares his journey through the ups and downs as a pro cyclist and the significant transitions he experienced along the way! Cycling gives you the opportunity to explore your world and King was introduced to the sport through his father, who also rode professionally. Cycling created freedom at a young age for King and he matched that freedom with his strong desire to compete which has propelled him to elite levels and world tour of professional cycling! "Every time that I took a step up in the sport it was like being a freshman all over again. Getting my face smashed in and struggling just to finish races… but it always just motivated me to work harder, to learn more." (3:10) "I would tell myself the same thing that people were telling me, my coaches and mentors, to trust in the process. You will get beat, and you will be discouraged, but just to trust that if you keep working, getting up every day and training, eventually you’ll see the improvements." (36:26) Connect with Ben King: Twitter Instagram  Website Connect with Jonathan: Website The SHIFT Course Linkedin Facebook Instagram Twitter Connect with Wells: Website Linkedin YouTube Facebook Email: Wells@WellsThompsonSoccer.com Cell: (336)575-3324 Connect with Michael: Linkedin Facebook Twitter Instagram Michael builds School in Sierra Leon
43:10
July 16, 2020
Episode 004 - Michael LaHoud - Refugee, Blood Diamonds, Pro Athlete, Power of Your Story, Vulnerability Creates Connection
Highlights from the Show: Born in Freetown, Sierra Leone, Michael moved to the Washington, D.C. area with his family at the age of six (tune in to hear this incredible story). Our stories are the most powerful things that we have about us. What do you do if you’re a refugee as a 6-year-old and now you have to start a new life in America? It wasn’t until I found the commonality that I experienced in Africa, soccer, that gave my life and gave me direction. Soccer was my way out, was my way forward. I chose Wake Forest University because I wanted to make history! Surrounding yourself with mentors who see your story and invite you to be the best version of yourself you can be What helped me to have peace of mind and get settled in was to remember my story. Retirement: I now know who I am, without the soccer ball. It’s what’s allowing me to walk away from the game and transition into what's next. I can say 'thank you' soccer for everything you’ve afforded me. I don't need you in the same way I did before. In order to transition well, you have to start that process while you’re playing, Vulnerability creates connection. Connection creates commitment.  Connect with Michael:   Linkedin Facebook Twitter Instagram Michael builds School in Sierra Leon Connect with Jonathan:  Website The SHIFT Course Linkedin Facebook Instagram Twitter Connect with Wells:  Website Linkedin YouTube Facebook Email: Wells@WellsThompsonSoccer.com  Cell: (336)575-3324
48:48
July 8, 2020
Episode 003 - Michael Chabala - MLS Champion, Entrepreneur, Founder of Sphere, Challenge: "Know yourself and pay attention!"
You never know what will come up next, like in sport, life changes and moves quickly and slowly at the same time. Hear Michael's story of playing professional football and how that prepared him for his "2nd career." He drops some wisdom from the ups and downs in his youth, as a pro and now as an entrepreneur and founder of Sphere.  Highlights from the Show: The only thing in life that's certain is change! (6:05) With every season you're always starting over Your network is your net worth. Everything I know is through soccer. I couldn't imagine having a better education than playing professional soccer! (15:28) Being self-aware is really important, grow to understand who you are and what makes you tick. Play a great game! Mentorship is really powerful! Success leaves clues. Read. Learn from others. There was always someone along the way who came alongside me. (33:27) Connect with Michael: Personal Website Sphere Linkedin Facebook Twitter Instagram Connect with Jonathan: Website The SHIFT Course Linkedin Facebook Instagram Twitter Connect with Wells: Website Linkedin YouTube Facebook Email: Wells@WellsThompsonSoccer.com Cell: (336)575-3324
45:25
June 29, 2020
Episode 002 - Amobi Okugo - Power of Relationships, Founder of A Frugal Athlete Network, Pro Soccer Player
Amobi Okugo is an entrepreneur, pro athlete, educator, and the founder of A Frugal Athlete network.  Highlights from the show: A few things in life are consistent, and change is one of them. What separates the good from the great in any aspect or sphere of life is doing the little things consistently. No matter how much you prepare, there’s still going to be an adjustment period when you retire. Taking a year off from playing professionally: "I was able to learn a lot about myself, learn a lot about patience, reflection, verbalizing my emotions because you don’t have a field to take it out on anyone anymore." Control what you can control! Advice for his younger self: Start earlier - Value your relationships - Time is relative. Connect with Amobi: Personal Website    Twitter Instagram Linkedin Facebook Medium YouTube A Frugal Athlete Connect with Jonathan: Website The SHIFT Course Linkedin Facebook Twitter Connect with Wells: Website Linkedin YouTube Facebook Email: Wells@WellsThompsonSoccer.com Cell: (336)575-3324
40:06
June 19, 2020
Episode 001 - Wells Thompson - Kidnapped, MLS Draftee, Pro Athlete and Life After Playing
Welcome to the first episode of The SHIFT Podcast, assisting athletes through successful transitions in sport and life. In this episode we hear from our co-host, Wells Thompson, who shares his story of growing up in NC, being kidnapped at 16, 'walking-on' the men's soccer team at Wake Forest University, to eventually being drafted by the New England Revolution of Major League Soccer. We also explore the harsh realities of transitioning to life after playing professionally and the process of learning how to make the most of the smalls moments in life. Connect with Wells: Website Linkedin YouTube Facebook Email: Wells@WellsThompsonSoccer.com Cell: (336)575-3324 Connect with Jonathan: Website: http://jonathanvanhorn.com/ The SHIFT Course: https://theshiftcourse.com Linkedin: https://www.linkedin.com/in/jonathan-van-horn-b321b318/ Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/jonathan.vanhorn14 Twitter: https://twitter.com/jonvanhorn?lang=en
35:07
June 2, 2020