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This is me in a soccer jersey. And that's my dad and his cool hat. I grew up playing soccer and that's what got me into college and everything else. My father would take me to practice three times a week in Louisville, which was about an hour drive there, hour drive back, two hours at practice, and then we would travel around the country for tournaments, and that's how I ended up getting my scholarship.

I've played professionally, overseas, collegiately, top level here. I dealt with a lot of individuals from different cultures and backgrounds and viewpoints, and I've played soccer around the world and dealt with the same. Being able to find common ground with people with something that I'm very good at and helping other people see that common ground and you start there, and work out.

When I was growing up, my dad, no matter how well I played, no matter what I did, it was never a discussion about what I was doing that was good. It was always, “You could have done this, you could've done this better.” And I remember I was 12 years old, and I was in a tournament and I had scored six goals in a game, and I came off feeling pretty good about myself. And my dad was like, “You know that if you would have done x, y, and z, you would have scored more or your team would have gotten more points in the tournament. And just remember when the ball is taken from you running back on defense, don't ever let anyone take the ball from you without regretting it.” He wanted me to be tenacious, and I said, “You know, for five minutes, can you just let me be happy with my performance?”

And he said, “You know, when you whip a mule, it just stands there, but when you whip a thoroughbred, it runs faster.”

So from that moment on, I was always very, very, very open to constructive criticism because I wanted to be a thoroughbred, and continue to get better, be high-performing. And that's actually why my office logo is a thoroughbred horse.

So I played overseas, and when I came back, we didn't know whether or not I was going to have an opportunity to play again. And I finally got that opportunity to play for a local soccer club, and this [photo is from] my first tournament after coming back from overseas. And this was my first game.

My Dad hadn’t seen me play in probably four years or so. And I always laugh at this because he's got this big goofy grin on his face and this big old hat and my grandparents were there to watch and my whole family came because it was always a family event to come and watch me play and cheer me on. And I was very thankful and blessed to have so much support. But after this game, it was interesting because this is the first game he never gave me any feedback. He just smiled and said, “Good job.”

We ended up winning this tournament. It was a gorgeous day.

SP

Sobre lo que estaba haciendo eso era bueno. Siempre fue: "Podrías haber hecho esto, podrías haberlo hecho mejor". Y recuerdo que tenía 12 años, estaba en un torneo y había marcado seis goles en un juego, y salí sintiendo bastante bien conmigo mismo Y mi padre dijo: "Sabes que si hubieses hecho x, y, z, habrías anotado más o tu equipo habría obtenido más puntos en el torneo. Y recuerde que cuando le arrebaten la pelota a usted corriendo en defensa, nunca deje que nadie le quite la pelota sin que se arrepienta ". Quería que fuera tenaz, y le dije:" Ya sabes, durante cinco minutos, ¿Puedes simplemente dejarme estar feliz con mi actuación?

Y él dijo: "Sabes, cuando azotas a una mula, simplemente se queda allí, pero cuando azotas a un pura sangre, corre más rápido".

Así que a partir de ese momento, siempre estuve muy, muy abierto a las críticas constructivas porque quería ser un pura sangre y seguir mejorando, siendo de alto rendimiento. Y esa es la razón por la cual el logo de mi oficina es un caballo de pura sangre.

Así que jugué en el extranjero, y cuando regresé, no sabíamos si iba a tener o no la oportunidad de volver a jugar. Y finalmente tuve la oportunidad de jugar en un club de fútbol local, y esta [foto es de] mi primer torneo después de regresar del extranjero. Y este fue mi primer juego.

Mi papá no me había visto jugar en unos cuatro años, aproximadamente. Y siempre me rio de esto porque tiene una gran sonrisa tonta en su cara y este gran sombrero viejo y mis abuelos estaban allí para ver y toda mi familia vino porque siempre fue un evento familiar que vino a verme jugar y animarme. . Y me sentí muy agradecido y bendecido por tener tanto apoyo. Pero después de este juego, fue interesante porque este es el primer juego que nunca me dio ningún comentario. Él sólo sonrió y dijo: "Buen trabajo".

Terminamos ganando este torneo. Fue un hermoso día.