The SHIFT Podcast

The SHIFT Podcast

By Jonathan Van Horn and Wells Thompson
Welcome to the SHIFT Podcast: Hosted by Jonathan Van Horn and former pro athlete Wells Thompson as they explore the impact and opportunities of transitions, the proving ground for success. Hear the stories of elite athletes as they experienced success and struggles as they navigated various transitions as an athlete in their sport and in life.
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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: https://www.linkedin.com/in/michael-lahoud-2a355931/ Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/mikelahoud/ Twitter: https://twitter.com/MikeLahoud Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/mikelahoud/ Michael builds School in Sierra Leon: https://www.sporttechie.com/mike-lahoud-soccer-sierra-leone-stem-education 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 Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/jdvanhorn/ Twitter: https://twitter.com/jonvanhorn?lang=en Connect with Wells: Website: http://wellsthompsonsoccer.com/ Linkedin: https://www.linkedin.com/in/wells-thompson/ Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/wells.thompson.3 Email: Wells@WellsThompsonSoccer.com Cell: (336)575-3324
48:47
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:   https://www.michaelchabala.com/ Sphere: https://www.sphere.club/ Linkedin:   https://www.linkedin.com/in/michaelchabala Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/chabala1 Twitter:   https://twitter.com/MikeChabala Instagram:   https://www.instagram.com/mikechabala/ 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 Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/jdvanhorn/ Twitter: https://twitter.com/jonvanhorn?lang=en   Connect with Wells: Website: http://wellsthompsonsoccer.com/ Linkedin: https://www.linkedin.com/in/wells-thompson/ Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/wells.thompson.3 Email: Wells@WellsThompsonSoccer.com Cell: (336)575-3324
45:24
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:   https://www.amobiokugo.com/ Twitter:   https://twitter.com/amobisays Instagram:   https://www.instagram.com/amobisays/ Linkedin:   https://www.linkedin.com/in/okugo Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/amobi.okugo Medium:   https://medium.com/@amobisays YouTube:   https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCPuA6Qje8lPqjJavvZSR5kg A Frugal Athlete:   https://www.afrugalathlete.com/ 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 Connect with Wells: Website: http://wellsthompsonsoccer.com/ Linkedin: https://www.linkedin.com/in/wells-thompson/ Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/wells.thompson.3 Email: Wells@WellsThompsonSoccer.com Cell: (336)575-3324
40:05
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: http://wellsthompsonsoccer.com/ Linkedin: https://www.linkedin.com/in/wells-thompson/ Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/wells.thompson.3 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
35:06
June 2, 2020