Sarah Milby, How to Perform at Your Best in Your Career

The world is changing at a fast pace. In order to keep up and stay competitive, it’s important to develop and foster a growth mindset so you don’t get stuck in a fixed position, unable to keep up. Staying curious, passionate, and committed will help you remain at the forefront of that change, says this week’s guest, Valor Performance Founder and CEO Sarah Milby.

Milby has a background in athletics, business, and government and has committed herself to innovation, working with startups, leaders, entrepreneurs, and more to help them reach their peak performance. Reaching that peak takes an ability to rebound and overcome, to not view challenges as setbacks, and to be open to new possibilities and potential.

What You’ll Learn:

  • Adopt a growth mindset
  • Stay curious about the world and new innovations
  • Understand the value of soft skills like communication and relationship-building
  • Invest in leaders and people with potential
  • Foster a commitment to your goals and to building skills to get you there


“I love learning. I love just constantly learning new things about myself, learning new things about systems and other people and you can do that in a variety of ways. And so, for me, I always loved to have these different viewpoints and I do believe that variety has helped me see different perspectives to bring new insights … into existing problems and that’s really where you get a lot of innovation.” -Sarah Milby

“I do think that the better you get, the nature of the challenge changes. … As leaders, you’ve never arrived. You’re never done, check the box on leadership. There’s always something to grow and learn and I think that’s the growth mindset.” -Sarah Milby

“The nature of work has just fundamentally changed so that we need to now have support and training and skills provided that help people get to their full potential. And it isn’t just compliance-based on a process. It’s helping them augment their ownership, their leadership, and having it be more aspirationally-based.” -Sarah Milby

“In your language in how you communicate, if you’re talking about goals with your team and you just say, ‘We haven’t accomplished this goal.’ What if you add one word to the end of that and just say, ‘yet.’? ‘We haven’t accomplished this goal yet.’ It opens up this opportunity.” -Sarah Milby

“It is going to be those skills that are going to be the competitive advantage. It really is going to be that self-awareness to self-manage … and then the ability to communicate, motivate, and lead others.” -Sarah Milby


You can find out more about Valor online at You can also email the Valor team at You can connect with Sarah Milby directly on LinkedIn by searching for her name.


Sarah Milby recommended Digital Minimalism by Cal Newport, The Everything Store: Jeff Bezos and the Age of Amazon by Brad Stone, and “The Passion Paradox: A Guide to Going All In, Finding Success, and Discovering the Benefits of an Unbalanced Life” by Brad Stulberg and Steve Magness.

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