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Series: Learn from Your Favorite Athletes

December 14, 2012

Series: Learn from Your Favorite Athletes
7 Life Lessons to Help You Get Ahead at Work

Take a look at your favorite athletes – be it Kelly Slater, Shaun White, Stephanie Gilmore, or Ryan Sheckler – it’s sometimes hard to remember that these pros are just like the rest of us: they change jobs, get promoted, are fired, have bad days at work, and often can make or break their careers with just one decision (although, there is the added pressure on them to perform in public).

So, what can you learn from today’s most celebrated (and public) figures in the world of action sports and the lifestyle industries?

With this series, we will profile seven relevant athletes and will present a different one for the next seven weeks with lessons from their lives which you can apply to your careers. This is our third installment for the series, and features ever-inspiring surfer Bethany Hamilton. Check back later this week as we continue our profile series with installment #5 of 7.

Bethany Hamilton (#4 of 7)
Lesson learned: You can overcome anything.

Nearly 10 years ago, 13-year-old Bethany Hamilton was surfing on the North Shore of Kaui when she was attacked by a 14-foot tiger shark, which left her with a severed left arm. Despite the severity of her injuries, Bethany was back in the water surfing just one month after the attack and has since worked to continue pursuing her goal of becoming a professional surfer, which she realized in 2007.

“Bad things are bound to happen to everyone,” admits Bethany on her blog. “That's life."

Since her life-alterning injury, Bethany has participated in numerous ASP and World Tour Events and continues to be a huge inspiration for young girls and surfers around the world, proving that you really can overcome anything.

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Profile # 1 of 7: Travis Pastrana
Profile # 2 of 7: John John Florence
Profile # 3 of 7: Nyjah Huston