Encouragement Speaker Derrick Hayes gives a DERRICK Interview by asking 7 questions through each letter of his first name to give you an insightful perspective from other experts, entrepreneurs, celebrities and up and coming super stars.
Today’s DERRICK Interview is with Carolyn Moos who is a Personal Trainer that works with elite and pro athletes, student-athletes, general public, mothers to be and those with goals to change their overall lifestyle choices. Carolyn’s website www.fitforlivinglife.com shares somes of her services that include Skype yoga, online nutrition log analysis (phone, text and e-mail), menu planning, and basketball skill development. Carolyn played for USA Basketball, Stanford (B. A. Sociology, Minor Communications), FIBA/WNBA and completed my Masters at USC in Communication Management, (where my masters thesis focused on the power of preventative health, and lifestyle related diseases (type II diabetes, heart disease and more).
D is for Dream. What is your dream, goals or what have you achieved?
My goals reflect my desire to help everyone lead healthier lifestyles. Athletes, parents, at-risk patients, pregnant mothers, general population and more. Everyone can benefit from integrating nutrition; strategic exercise and embracing consistent sleep patterns as well as an overall healthful lifestyle. I also speak on not drinking and choices teens make early on. I also want to have a family of my own and impact them directly with healthful habits for a lifetime. I enjoy being a good mentor and promoting health, fitness and wellness.
E is for Education. What is your educational background and how do you use it daily?
I attended a private high school and have a B.A. from Stanford in Sociology with a minor in Communications and a Masters from USC in Health Communication Management. I am also a certified personal trainer with CEC’s in many areas that pertain to nutrition, specified training (yoga, golf conditioning specialist, sport specific training) and overall wellness. I use the combination of my B.A. and M.A. in all the work I do as an Athletic Director, Marketing Specialist, Teacher, Coach and personal trainer. I also value my real life experiences traveling with USA Basketball, living and playing overseas professionally and being exposed to many different cultures and learning experiences.
R is for Resource. What resources do you bring to the table that makes you unique or stand out?
The combination of real life experiences that are rare and valuable (USA Basketball, traveling and living overseas), playing professional basketball, becoming a certified trainer and lifestyle management mentor, coaching youth of all ages and stages, teaching yoga at 6’5’’, promoting and embracing not drinking, always eating clean and healthful and practicing that which I teach others. I embrace lifestyle choices strongly and feel they are directly linked to longevity, vitality and overall mental and physical performance.
R is for Ready. When did you realize you were ready for what you are doing now?
As you are doing what you are doing, each experience lends to a gained skill set if you really dive in and apply yourself. I am always hungry to learn something new and it is important to be coachable and always open to advice. I don’t think it is a matter of a single moment or realization, as you know all along the way what you are successfully learning and how you are growing in tangible ways. This can be measured in quantitative and qualitative ways, which ultimately exemplifies growth and the aspect of always being ready for what is next in life. I also embrace change, growth and progress, as we are every evolving. I also embrace having consistent norms and standards by which we adhere to as well. This foundation comes with us everywhere we go.
I is for Individual. Name at least one individual in your network that others should learn more about and why?
If it were applicable to all individuals and their pertinent responses, I would say get to know someone’s family. Where you came from is a big part of who they become. If you admire someone, take a look at how they grew up and who influenced them every step of the way. This includes lower school, middle school and prior to college. Amazing teachers, youth mentors, along with family members set the initial core and standard for who we become. I always ask someone who has influenced them the most and who they have learned from the most. The answer to this often is the best teacher, as if we are hungry to learn and grow, we must surround ourselves with the best teachers. I enjoy mentoring and teaching youth and adults alike, hence why I utilize Skype, e-mail and phone to offer my support with nutrition, yoga, basketball skill development and overall wellness. Who we are and what we do is shaped by many people in our network, not just one. I would start with family though as this truly is the foundation from which we grow.
C is for Challenges. What challenges have you had to overcome?
Change and adjusting my life vision/plan at a given time period in my life was one of the more challenging experiences (emotionally and mentally). I didn’t pause however and I just worked on the next steps. I do believe God has a larger plan for us and sometimes we can be initially thrown, as our thoughts on how pieces will come together may look different. I have faith and believe that we do our part diligently and the rest will occur as it is meant to be. I am a person that likes knowing how A leads to B and so on. When we are faced with adversity or changes in our life, we have to re-adjust our macro level thinking and re-formulate our micro-level steps that will ultimately lead to a new vision. It is important in life to embrace this journey and even if we have to re-write our strategy on how to get to our goals, have faith and find comfort in doing all that is ours to do. Nutrition, fitness and overall healthful lifestyle choices have also been very helpful in getting me through as well. They have always been a part of my foundation since I was born and I am thankful for this.
K is for Key. What keys to success can you leave for upcoming entrepreneurs and leaders?
Stay true to your passions. Find what makes you unique and valuable to the world and provide it to them with excitement and all of your heart. I believe we are all here for a reason and when you find that reason, you find your purpose. I also embrace innovation and creativity. Think of the best ways to do what you love that brings value in the most efficient and consistent mediums to those that turn to you. Whether it is a service or a product, put yourself in your clients’ shoes and know what would make them appreciate everything you do.
Is there anything that we did not touch on that you would like to inspire others with?
Be yourself and stay true to your passions. Be strong in your beliefs and stay true to who you are in this world.
Visit Carolyn Moos for more information.