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Olympic gold medalist Carmelita Jeter: Winning is not always synonymous with first come, sometimes finishing

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I caught up with the 2012 Olympic gold for the women's 100-meter Carmelita Jeter at the BPM & # 39; 1945 User Conference Online Accelerate, yesterday in Boston. And it's the fastest woman alive after running the second fastest 100 meters of women's history, that's the only way I would have ever caught her …

After her lecture, I had the great pleasure of asking her some questions about some of the obstacles that she overcame by becoming the fastest woman alive, how she learned the Team work as Olympic gold captain The US women's relay team applies to the business world and to the way she won a bronze medal while she was running on one leg with a ragged torn muscle.

Here is a transcript of our conversation. To see the full interview, watch the video below or click on the built-in SoundCloud player.

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Small Business Trends: We are both here for this conference that the people of BPM & # 39; Online are putting together and all the theme of the conference is accelerated. acceleration. So I thought it was appropriate for you to intervene and be part of the main speech, but before we talked about it, maybe you could give me some of your personal experience.

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Carmelita Jeter : I graduated from Cal State, Dominguez Hills – Division II School. I made my first team in the United States in 2007. I ran for Nike from 2007 to 2016. I won three Olympic medals at the 2012 London Games. A world record in the 4 × 100 relay. In 2011, I was World Champion. I am world champion, Olympic medalist, world record holder and fastest woman alive. Flo Jo (Florence Griffith Joyner) is the only woman to run faster than me.

Small Business Trends: It was in 1998. It's amazing. It's 30 years old and it's still just you and her.

Carmelita Jeter : Yes.

Small Business Trends: Have you ever imagined, when you were young, that you would be the fastest woman alive?

Carmelita Jeter : It's not that I would be the fastest woman alive, but I've always thought I'd be in the # 39, dream team. I grew up playing basketball so when you grew up playing basketball you think Magic Johnson, Michael Jordan, Charles Barkley. You think about all these incredible athletes and you think about the dream team. But I just ended up doing my own dream team on the Olympic team for athletics, so definitely a different sport but still the same state of mind, always the same attitude, always the same goal.

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Small Business Trends: One of the things you talked about is the team, and how you can have the four fastest women on the same team, but that does not necessarily make you best team. Maybe you can talk a little about the importance of heart and chemistry for the success of the team?

Carmelita Jeter : Many times, people think that you have just chosen the four hottest people, the people who are just doing their thing now. It's not because you choose the top four athletes at the time, nor even the top four people that you think can really run your business, it does not mean that they'll be in. able to do it together. You are dealing with different personalities, different egos, different mentalities and sometimes not everyone thinks the same thing. They do not want the same thing. The goal in the end is not that the team wins for some people. The goal in the end is just for them to win. You need to make sure that when you put together a team – hear this team of words – the team must have the mindset "We will win" instead of "I" and "I". It's hard to build a winning team around people who do not think the same thing.

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The team that we formed in 2012, one of our runners, was not one of the fastest to be part of the team But you know what? She had heart. She drove. She had determination. We knew that she was going to bring back that stick and many times when you pick a team, you have to choose a team you trust, who will do the work, who will make the deadline, who will n? is not going to come up with an excuse of why they could not do it. You must be willing to say, "Okay, let me pass this relay and know that the other person will do his job and then they will pass it and then they will pass it …"

When using a relay, you are blind. You run. You drop your hand. The person is there. They put the stick in your hand and you run. It's the same thing when you're doing business and you're in the office. You do things blind. You are not sitting on the shoulder of this person watching them doing their work. You hope and pray that they will do their job and it's the same with a 4X1 relay. You are not on the right track. So when you build a winning team, a team of world records and that also translates into the office, because in the end you want your business to be the best. You want to be the winning company, the gold medals. Everyone wants to work there. Everyone talks and thinks about you when he thinks about the field in which your business is located and it's the same thing. You want to choose a winning team.

Small Business Trends: So you have won Olympic gold as a member of the team, but also as an individual. Compare your feelings with both, have a successful team but also your own success as an individual.

Carmelita Jeter : Although the individual is a little different, you take this victory differently because you have done it. You did it, you were the only person in this way and you made it happen. To get a gold medal in a relay, you have to look differently because you have to get out of what you usually do, you have to be comfortable with the others. It must be understood that it was not all for you. So, to be a team player, it's a different medal you receive because it took four people to do it and it took four personalities and four attitudes and only four different people to succeed. So you take it a little differently because you have to physically, mentally, emotionally … I'm not going to say I'm not yourself but you have to be a better version of yourself with others.

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Small Business Trends: One of the things that really caught my attention during your speech was running with a torn quad, you did not just run as if you'd been jogging, you were in the trials. You ended up getting bronze, third place. When you thought about it, did you just think that I just wanted to finish or did you really think "You know what, I always think I can win"?

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Carmelita Jeter : First I thought, let me just pass the first round. Then I can think about it. Many times we have placed too many goals before a goal, before a goal instead of going straight to that goal and then we say: '' Agreement since I reached that goal, now let me go to the next goal. The goal was: "Okay, let me go to the first round." Then my next goal was, "Well, let me pass the final." And then, "Well, let get on this podium. " Whenever I finished running because the leg was gone, I could not say that I was doing this final, I was going up on that podium, it would have been a little crazy because the leg was gone. I had to set my goals day after day during this time and many times we have to do it in life. We must fix our goal day after day, sometimes people set too many goals, then you are frustrated and you are upset, but you did it yourself. You have defined all these high expectations and, unfortunately, you have not been able to meet them at the time you wanted.

Sometimes we put time and we put everything together so close to each other instead of giving us a chance to touch at least the first goal. So give yourself a little more chances to reach the second goal.

Small Business Trends: You have competed at the highest level, but these days have passed now, what are you missing most about these days and times and what are you doing? Do you do now to fill the void? This allows you to think, "I am able to apply some of the things I have done in the day now."

Carmelita Jeter : Some people ask me if I miss it, I miss you, you miss it, you miss it? No. I trained so much for so many years and when I aligned myself, I aligned myself with all my heart, with all my heart, with all my passion, with all my enthusiasm. All that I have accomplished, I have accomplished because I sacrificed and I put some things aside and I did some things of some kind. way and I've made sure that some things happen throughout my career. You can not miss or regret leaving something you have given everything.

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Small Business Trends: You left everything on the ground.

Carmelita Jeter : I have left everything on the track, we can not want more when there is nothing left to do. I made the world record, I have the second fastest time, I have been in several teams, I have worked a lot and now I am able to make motivational speeches. I am able to feed, nourish, nourish others this greatness, this greatness, this greatness, this greatness. Have I finished? No I'm not. I'm just on another chapter.

Small Business Trends: What gives you that feeling of success now, when you see the people you are talking to, that you are a mentor … when they start to succeed , do you feel like, I remember that feeling back in the day?

Carmelita Jeter : Certainly. When I am a mentor of athletes or coaches, they do something extraordinary and they turn to me and they give me that look … You can not even describe it. it's just a feeling that an athlete has because I know what that look looks like. Even when I speak in a motivational way and that many people have come to see me at this conference and that they are saying incredible things, it 's crazy how you can put athletics and l' # 39; Athletics with business and technology. I feel so motivated, I want to go and do that. That right is another feeling that I feel now. It's not because I'm not on the right track that I'm not making you super.

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Small Business Trends: The other couple of things that struck me was when you said, "You can not finish if you do not start."

Carmelita Jeter : You can not finish if you do not start and many times I have been able to talk with a lot of people, sometimes people are just scared of it. fail. You are afraid of failing so you are not going to start anything. You will be constantly afraid of closing the door or they will say no or they will not hire me, they will not go, they will not go. Guess what? They are not sure if you do not try.

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Small Business Trends: You mentioned the state of mind, especially when coming back to the ripped quad. You said, at one point in these races, your body was gone but my mind was wild. Was it something that was just innate in you or was it something you learned, how did you develop it?

Carmelita Jeter : I believe that it is a combination. It's a combination of growing up and wanting things and wanting to do incredible things. Then it was a combination of failures, to know what it was like to fail and to know what had caused the failure, then to want to go fix it. It's a combination of things and then being an extremely confident person, sometimes people confuse confident and confident, and arrogant and confident. These are two totally different things. To be confident, you can just walk into the room and everyone knows it's you, to be arrogant you walk in the room with some walk and some this and some that, that's a big difference. One thing I've noticed with myself is that I'm extremely confident, no matter how you take it, but I know how I concoct it and I concoct it with confidence, I take that confidence in everything what I do when you say my mind is also part of my confidence. All of this comes into play.

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