Carrie Garten, Building an Olympic Sized Drive

Relationship-building and communication skills can help you succeed in sports, business, and life. This week’s guest is former Olympic synchronized swimmer Carrie Garten, who currently works in talent acquisition for Ernst and Young. She credits the long hours and grueling days training for the Olympics with building the necessary skills she relied on once she transitioned from sports into the business world.

People who have high versatility are geared for success, Garten says. They can thoughtfully and effectively work in diverse environments and both lead and work with people very different from themselves.

Becoming a versatile person takes listening skills, self-awareness, and a willingness to learn from people who are the experts in your desired field. In the end, communication is key for successfully traversing all walks of life.

What You’ll Learn:

  • Maintain relationships with people who are different from you
  • Build versatility in communication
  • Gain self-awareness to put your best foot forward
  • Find subject matter experts to learn from
  • Have mental fortitude to play the long game


“Life is filled with all of these different roads that you get to choose to go down and they completely change your path in life.” -Carrie Garten

“It’s one thing to try and fail but it’s another thing to not try at all.” -Carrie Garten

“To me, regret is one of those things that creates so much emotion in your life. I didn’t want to look back and think that I hadn’t at least tried.” -Carrie Garten

“Surround yourself with those five sponsors, the people around you that are going to lift you up and carry you through those hard times because it’s not the easy times that we need help, it’s the difficult times.” -Carrie Garten

“Versatility is being able to communicate effectively with a wide range of people, so not just someone who thinks the same way as you do and does the same things as you, and has the same opinion as you, but actually being able to be effective with someone and succeed with a team of people that are completely different from you.” -Carrie Garten


You can get in contact with Carrie Garten on LinkedIn here.

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