Kevin's Open Road

  • INTERVIEWED BY:

    The Original Roadtrip

  • INTERVIEW LOCATION:

    Portland, OR

  • AIRED ON:

    Public Television: The Original Roadtrip

  • ON DVD:

KEVIN CARROLL

The Katalyst
Nike

“You have to be willing to put your dream out on the street.”

INTERESTS:

Medicine Sports

THEMES DISCUSSED:

Fulfillment Passion Doubt Negativity Chance Opportunity Risk Values Exploration Individualism Self-Reflection

FOUNDATION:

Being Creative

TAGS:

ball, career, challenge, chance, clothes, college, comfortable, courage, disappointment, dream, dreams, energy, explore, joy, kids, pictures, playing, possibilities, risk, travel

BIOGRAPHY:

  • His parents abandoned him as a child; he says sports gave him courage, taught him how to deal with disappointment.
  • Dreamed of becoming a professional athlete but blew out his knee and had to have two major surgeries.
  • While rehabbing his injury, he developed an interest in sports medicine; became a sports trainer, was eventually hired by the Philadelphia 76ers.
  • Because of his unique outlooks and his sports background, he was tapped by Nike to be their "creative change agent," a position he termed "the Katalyst."
  • Says that there's an assimilation that happens when you go to college: you start to mirror those around you.
  • Believes that you only know the environment around you-that's what you mirror, so you have to consciously expand your circle of influence.
  • Says colleges will tell you to search for a career, when really, you should be searching for your joy.
  • Believes the purest form of joy comes from a red rubber ball; says the best time to develop your dreams is when you're in play.

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