Grace, the Story of Chris Everett

Welcome back to a new episode of Reach Your Prime. Today we are talking with Chris Everett, the Director of Student-Athlete Development at UNC Charlotte.

Chris is a driven former student-athlete with aspirations of one day leading an athletic department to the pinnacle of college athletics.

His natural curiosity pushes him to accomplish his goals, while gaining knowledge that will prepare him for new obstacles in life. Like many others, Chris suffered a major injury early in his collegiate football career, but he didn’t allow it to define him.

On today’s episode we’re going to dive into the story of how Chris battled back onto the field, how he thinks about goals and the journey to accomplishing them, and some of his habits for success.


Key Topics:

Chris’s story and how he ended up at UNC Charlotte (1:26)

What gave Chris the purpose and drive to overcome his major injuries (4:28)

How Chris has maintained his competitive mindset and drive in his day-to-day life (10:13)

Understanding why time is a great equalizer in sports and in life (12:20)

What Chris is focused on and expectant of in his career (16:22)

The biggest thing that student-athletes need today (20:02)

What Chris does to maintain his success from a practical, and big-picture standpoint (22:55)

The last tweet that Chris would send if Twitter got shut down (26:54)

Title of the book that Chris has not written yet (27:35)

Interact with Chris Everett:

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Hard-hitting Quotes:

“When I broke my arm, those two bones, I just remember thinking I’ve never sat out a year of football; this is going to be hard.” (4:59)

“In a sense, I was just kind of in limbo just watching, to be honest, the Titanic sink that year.” (5:18)

“To me, loyalty is always more important.” (5:47)

“Those relationships that you create will outlast your statistics and the memories that you create within a sport.” (6:19)

“You might not be the best at whatever you’re doing, but time is a great equalizer.” (8:22)

“Sweat plus sacrifice equals success” (13:13)

“People strive too hard for those long-term goals and the forget to live in the moment right now” (17:25)

“All we’re trying to do is make connections so that other people can feel loved in this world” (24:22)

“Humility can go a long way in this world nowadays” (27:23)

“Never give up and always work hard.” (28:34)

“Being able to say I competed with somebody so hard for so long that it created one of the best bonds in my life, to me that cemented in me just how much you can reap from being a hard worker. Being a hard worker doesn’t mean that you’re going to be somebody that everyone’s going to hate or not want to talk with. Being a hard worker means that people see the fruit of your labor and they can connect to that, so why not be a hard worker in everything that you do?” (7:49)

Links Mentioned in Today’s Episode:

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Student Athlete to Competent Professional with Amanda Brown

Welcome back to Reach Your Prime, where we share a selection of guests, thoughts and inspiration to help you on your way to your best future.

In this episode, we are joined by Amanda Brown, who is Assistant Director of Career Enhancement & Employer Relations at Northwestern and has held a number of other interesting and meaningful positions at other colleges.

In our chat, we get to hear from Amanda about her years coming up and how she worked her way to her current position at NU. Our guest tells us about the importance of intentionality and curiosity in her career and life path and how she has used goal setting to her advantage. We also chat talk about ambition, trust, self-care, habit building and Amanda is generous enough to share a moment of disappointment from which she learned a big lesson.

For all this and much more be sure to tune in and hear what our wonderful guest has to say!

Key Topics:

  • Amanda’s background, studies and work leading up to her position at Northwestern. (2:40)
  • The importance of intentionality and curiosity in progression. (7:52)
  • The sense of urgency and goal setting that has played a key role in Amanda’s success. (9:09)
  • Balancing ambition with the attitude of team work and being a strong team member. (10:41)
  • Building a trusting and mutual relationship with a senior colleague or coach. (11:47)
  • A moment of disappointment that Amanda experienced interviewing at the AVCA. (13:01)
  • Burnout prevention and self care through simple means. (15:53)
  • Some impactful lessons Amanda has tried to impart on her student athletes. (17:35)
  • Two key habits that have helped Amanda along her path. (19:49)
  • The area of growth around control and when to relinquish it. (22:08)
  • Amanda’s own interpretation and understanding of the word ‘influence’. (24:01)
  • The advice Amanda might give to a younger version of herself. (25:44)

Interact with Amanda Brown:

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Hard-hitting Quotes:

“After I graduated in 2008 it was during the peak of the recession, so jobs were very scarce and it was a really challenging time.” (1:56)

“It was a perfect fit for my personality, for my skillsets and for my passion and interests.” (7:12)

“I think the biggest thing for me is being intentional and being curious.” (7:56)

“I always try to find a way to set goals outside of work.” (9:21)

“I think it’s really important to make sure that your personal goals align with the team goals that you are a part of.” (10:42)

“You have the power to carve your path.” (18:18)

“I just have to let go of some of these things and it’s going to work itself out.”(22:15)

“I think influence, to me, means investing.” (24:03)

“If you are not genuine and not fully bought into them as a person, it’s not going to have the same type of impact that it could.” (24:54)

“In college athletics the great thing about what we do is that we get to serve so many people but
sometimes we forget to serve ourselves. I think it’s just really important for us, is to step back and whether that’s once a week or once day, whatever you feel like is needed for you, to step back and take care of your self.” (16:28)

Links Mentioned in Today’s Episode:

Prime U —
Northwestern University —
Georgetown College —
Tiffin University —
South Carolina University —
Influence Without Authority —

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Lift While You Climb With DT Shackelford

Welcome to the Reach Your Prime Podcast! On today’s show we welcome DT Shackelford, motivational speaker, doctoral candidate, and former linebacker for the University of Mississippi. His self asserted role as servant leader is something that he wishes to inspire in more young people with whom he speaks.

He is an award winner, both as speaker and athlete and has a host of valuable lessons to share in our discussion. In our conversation we cover DT’s earlier and college years up until his second ACL injury. DT unpacks the importance and difficulty of this event and how his mindset and faith helped him to transcend these troubled waters. We discuss the important role of coaches, on and off the field and DT gives a large amount of credit to his supportive and loving wife. The conversation also covers humility and perspective and many more inspiring ideas. So for all this and much more, be sure to listen in!

Key Topics:

  • DT’s background and college years. (1:47)
  • The two ACL surgeries that DT had to undergo. (3:46)
  • An inside look at DT’s mindset at the time of his second ACL injury. (7:34)
  • The inspiration that DT has taken from the characters in the Bible.(10:55)
  • The role of coaches and the vital part they play in development. (12:35)
  • Possible negative effects of being a young student athlete. (17:21)
  • Maintaining perspective through mindset and company. (21:36)
  • Remaining humble and practicing humility in the pursuit of excellence. (26:15)
  • Lifting while you climb! (33:25)
  • Some information on DT’s PhD and what he hopes to achieve with it. (34:14)

And much more!

Interact with DT Shackelford:

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Hard-hitting Quotes:

“That kind of motivated me to become more impactful off the field and on the field.” (2:56)

“My ability to overcome obstacles was tested heavily, because this was something that I identify
with.” (4:31)

“My sophomore year in high school, I felt like that was an opportunity for me to really define, not
only myself, but the trajectory of my family.” (8:26)

“Specifically me being ground in Christ, I understand that although these were tough situations,
He gave me some equipment along the way so that when I did meet that tough time I was able
to withstand it and keep going.” (11:23)

“When you talk about the intersectionality of racial and athletic identities, I’m square in the
middle of it.” (18:39)

“There’s two classifications of people in life, they are either charging stations or draining stations.” (22:01)

“I keep people around me that sharpen my pencil and sharpen my thoughts. And not anyone that takes the lead out.” (22:43)

“My doctorate degree has been much more like a crock pot than a microwave.” (34:18)

“We filling up stadiums on Saturday, do we get that same attention on that Monday in that classroom?” (35:23)

“One of the things that I speak about in my dissertation is racial and athletic identity. And one of
the things that I struggled with was that athletic identity, like how do I redefine myself? How do I
do it?” (4:38)

Links Mentioned in Today’s Episode:

Prime U —
University Mississippi —
Vance Bedford —

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