7 Elite Athletes on ‘Discovering a New Passion’ After Sports

Take charge of your future.

Life is short. Tripping your way backwards into meaningless work is too common.

One part of your journey is over. Another is just beginning.

Let’s get right into it.

Here are best practices from college, professional, and Olympic athletes-

What advice do you have for recent student-athlete graduates about searching for and discovering a new passion? (Question and Answers from The Transition Playbook for ATHLETES: How Elite Athletes WIN After Sports)


  • Nicole DeBoom, Professional Triathlete

“Here’s the thing about passion. You can’t force it. You can’t decide to become passionate about something. But, you CAN tap into who you are today, right now and ask yourself:

When do I feel happiest and most alive?

Write down the instances when you feel like the best version of yourself. You will uncover common themes, and something will become obvious. These are the things you should pursue.”


  • Paul Vaden, Professional Boxer

“Make sure you find a genuine passion. Something that vibrates your soul. Make sure you’re not doing it for your parents, or bragging rights, or to be liked by others. Live out YOUR script.”


  • Lauren FitzPatrick, D1 Lacrosse –

Does anybody REALLY know what they want to do after college? Just keep saying yes to new experiences.

Most importantly, be honest with yourself.”


  • Marc Quilling, D1 Football

“Be open to trying new things. If you were interested in pursuing something in the past, but were limited due to academics, athletics, or life — why not start today?”


  • Kirsten Barnes, Olympic Rower

“Be curious! Give yourself a chance to explore different ideas and try things out. Even if you have to get a job solely for financial purposes, don’t give up exploring. Every time you try something, it gives you information for the next time.


  • Kevin Miniefield, NFL

“I’ve learned that whatever you do well with the least amount of effort is considered your gift. I’ve also learned that sometimes your gift doesn’t align with your passion. This is an opportunity to reinvent yourself. Search for what excites and scares you at the same time.”


  • Danny Oquendo, D1 Track & Field and Football

“Don’t feel pressured to transition into something immediately, you will only stress yourself out. Research different fields and professions. Hell, it took me 6 years after my last game to find the motivation to go to law school. Take your time and don’t compare your path to anyone else’s.”


To find more tips on discovering your passion and other useful advice from 100+ Elite Athletes, including 25 Olympians, check out The Transition Playbook for ATHLETES here: https://amzn.to/30hhFaC



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