Kevin Carroll

 Author, Speaker, Katalyst

Carroll, KevinKevin has dedicated his life to advancing sports and play as a vehicle for social change.  He is the author of three highly successful books including Rules of The Red Rubber Ball, which Newsweek called “…an adult’s version of Dr. Seuss’s Oh, the Places You’ll Go! – a pocket-size guide to finding your way in life.”  Earlier this year, Kevin was named by SUCCESS magazine as one of 19 “SEERS – changing the world!”  

My personal practices are…

My “energy replenishing” workout and playing the cello.

How did you discover your practice?

Cello: in 4th Grade music class, at Coopertown Elementary School, we were given the opportunity to learn how to play an instrument. I chose the cello because none of the other students selected it. I own two cellos and have a cello teacher.

“Energy Replenishing” Workout: it started years ago after a long, arduous business road trip. I felt like I needed to rid my body of  “road weariness” so, I started doing a workout that is done as soon as I return home from business travel that consists of: running, sprints/speed-play, and body weight exercises.

Why do you practice?

It restores my energy, challenges me, forces me to be present, gives me a little bit of that “OM” feeling!

How frequently and for how long do you practice?

Three to four times per/week; practice time range = 20 minutes – 60 minutes.

What’s something that gets in the way of your practice and how do you move through it?

Family commitments, unexpected issues/situations. If something is on my “honey-DO” calendar, I plan accordingly and start my practice earlier to fit it in.

So, getting up a bit earlier to do my practice or shortening the practice session is an option for me. If it’s an unexpected issue/situation, I make a promise/commitment to get my practice in as soon as there is even the smallest window of opportunity!

What supports you in staying committed to your practice?

An unexpected circumstance or situation might not allow me to do my practice & the deleterious impact on my energy is… undeniable!

What role does your practice play in your work?

My practice allows me to have the requisite energy to share stories that inspire others to take action plus partner and collaborate with others to turn ideas into reality.

Describe someone you know whose practice inspires you.

Paulo Coelho’s writing practice: get the first story out so that the “true/real” story you’re intended to share can be written.

A practice I’d like to explore is…


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