Here is the full text of motivational speaker Molly Fletcher’s talk titled “Unleashing Your Potential” at TEDxEmory conference. Molly Fletcher is an entrepreneur, motivational speaker and former sports agent. She is the founder of the Molly Fletcher Company, based in Atlanta, Georgia.
Molly Fletcher – TEDx Talk TRANSCRIPT
What fun! It’s awesome to be here. What an honor! I tell you what: Wow!
Listen, you know I have felt so fortunate over the last 20 years to have the opportunity to work with some of the best athletes and coaches in the world. It’s been fascinating and I’ve always been so interested in how they do what they do and how they do it at such a high level consistently day after day after day.
And what I believe is that [us] wherever we may be in our lives, wherever we may be in this wonderful world, have so much that we can learn from these athletes and coaches that execute so consistently at a high level.
So I think there are sort of five things that I want to sort of walk through that I think are paramount in sort of shifting your behavior in the absence of crisis. So in other words, we hear the word potential so much, right? People talk about potential.
Well, why do these athletes so often reach that potential? How do they maximize it and how do we take those processes that they capture each and every day and insert that into our own lives, to improve what we do and how we do it?
So I think at the most basic level we have to believe in what we do and why we do it, right? So one of the guys that I’ve worked with for years is an unbelievable guy, John Smoltz. John Smoltz is a guy that I believe certainly believes in his ability to execute as a pitcher. John was a pitcher in the big leagues, pitched for the Braves for years, a right-handed pitcher and had great success.
Well, for 10 of the 14 years that the Atlanta Braves went to the division series, John was a really big part of that process. And he was a starting pitcher. So he would come out at the beginning of games, right, every four or five days and he would pitch and he would start and he would throw 80 or 90 pitches right and then four or five days later he would do it again. John won Cy Young, he had incredible success, and was a part of the Brave’s success.
Then in about 2001, he struggled and had Tommy John surgery and had some issues physically but then in 2000 — late in 2001 the organization came to us and to him and said, “Hey, listen, you know what! He’s an unbelievable star. He’s had great success but we don’t have a guy inside of our organization right now that we want to close for us. So we don’t have a guy that can come in the 8th or 9th inning and finish the games for us.” And we feel like John can step up and do that role.
Well, nobody believed that he could, because John had had a lot of injuries — he’d dealt with some issues. But John at the core believed that he could. Writers and folks in the media were saying, “Boy, I don’t know if this guy can actually handle this transition physically, mentally; it’s a whole different deal.” And that in many ways was what motivated John to want to do it.
John said, “You know what, everybody doesn’t think I can do this but I know I can close now.”
So he accepted the opportunity to be the closer and in that very year he came out in 155 — closed 55 games, had 55 saves, unbelievable, set a new NL record. So not only was he a Cy Young winner as a starter but he also set records as a closer as well.