Swimming

Swimmers are Nerds!

While in college, my career aspirations ranged from physician, lawyer, teacher or swim coach.   Likewise, my roommate was considering sales or marketing careers.   Years later, it seems statistically impossible that both of us would own technology companies.    While in school, neither one of us wanted to be in an IT field, and we both would have debated anyone labeling us as nerds.   Yet, here we are in the ultimate nerd job – both running companies that sell computers. I decided to conduct a “scientific study” to see if this was really such a coincidence.   My roommate and I were both college swimmers, and maybe our unique personalities are more drawn to technology than others.   I embarked on trying to prove my hypothesis – collegiate level swimmers are nerds.

To prove my point, I did some massive searches of thousands of people on LinkedIn.    I found all the people who have “NCAA Swimmer” in their profile, and calculated the percentage of those who are in Information Technology industries vs other industries.    I then calculated the same percentages for other LinkedIn search terms – NCAA baseball, NCAA basketball, NCAA football, NCAA gymnastics, and NCAA Tennis.    Obviously, this analysis is not 100% accurate, but it is as close as I could get to figuring out who on LinkedIn was a college athlete in a particular sport.   And obviously there are numerous other technical careers, but I wanted to focus on information technology in particular – my industry. (more…)

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Remembering Howie

On Sunday morning, I was in my basement riding my stationary bike while watching SportsCenter. I had not read the news, and this was the first I heard of the passing of Dean Smith, legendary coach of the North Carolina Tar Heels basketball team. He led the team to national titles, coached Michael Jordan, among other greats, and was one of the winningest coaches in all of sports. I was always an SEC fan, so I usually rooted against the Tar Heels, but he was the kind of guy I secretly wished was coaching my team.

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Swimmers: 3 Steps to Find a Job

I recently posted a blog on the 5 Reasons Employers Should Hire Swimmers.  The post received nearly 80,000 views from swimmers all over the world.

I was surprised by many of the comments I received. For example, several said something like, “Thanks, I am now going to put my swimming career on my resume.”  I was obviously wondering why it wasn’t already there, in bold print! Parents of swimmers often commented with statements like, “I am showing this to my daughter to demonstrate that hard work may help her succeed in a business career.”  Again, I would have thought that was obvious.

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