Brave your fear.

#33 Holly Austin - High Risk, High Reward

Mar 24, 2021

Holly Austin.
North Carolina.
I am offense.
I am loyal.
I care.

Badass Quotes:
๐Ÿ”บ “I’ve always tended to be an athlete who wasn’t the most talented, but may have been one of the hardest working people there.”
๐Ÿ”บ “Rowing rewards hard work. You work hard. You go faster.”
๐Ÿ”บ “There is no lying. And there is no escape.”
๐Ÿ”บ “I didn’t have the coaching that I offer to people now.”
๐Ÿ”บ “You are looking for those athletes, those racer athletes, who are tough enough to struggle through.”
๐Ÿ”บ “Fear is the thief of opportunity.”
๐Ÿ”บ “You have to take it up to the next level, which, once you go there, you have to sustain that effort until someone tells you to stop.”
๐Ÿ”บ ”I am in fear, and I am a high performing, very good executor in that state.”
๐Ÿ”บ “I think I’ve always been a gap filler. I saw a gap in the team, and I filled the gap”
๐Ÿ”บ “I’ve seen need and met need quickly.”
๐Ÿ”บ “I’d rather be in the back and chasing someone down than in the front and someone’s trying to catch me.”

Podcast Intro: 
Holly Austin is a coach. She loves kids, she loves teaching, she loves motivating, and she loves building courageous young leaders who seek challenge instead of fear. As the founder of Ready Set Row, a competitive rowing club for girls who want to pursue rowing in college, Holly combines data and metrics, and  the charge of organized emotions to make an impact on her athletes. She is a hard work role model. At 5’6” and only 145 lbs, she beat all odds and made the Varsity Heavyweight 8 at Harvard/Radcliffe in pursuit of a National Championship. As a mom during COVID, she drove a 33-ft RV for 2 months around America with her 8 and 6 year-old. Her purpose is to drive positive change. She is not shy about saying she wants to win. But it doesn’t stop at her. She will do everything in her power to help you win, too.  [more...]

Big Takeaways: 
โ–ช๏ธ How the ergometer makes or breaks confidence, stroke by stroke
How to set up high-risk, high-reward environments for athletes
What she looks for in her athletes
Why building trust with your athlete is critical to their success
Why bravery matters for kids
When it’s great for your kids to watch the iPad all day
How Holly moves in fear (instant and enduring)
How to manage fear of failure, especially when you like to win

Major Conversation Highlights: 
๐Ÿ”บ Why Holly loves coaching
How she helped a kid shave nearly 30 seconds off her 2k time
What a “kill switch” looks like
How a 2-month RV trip during COVID with her kids was (among) the bravest things she’s done
How her mom’s illness created matter-of-fact operating skills
Why she wants to be the hunter

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Key Linksโ€‹โ€‹
Ready Set Row
BTS Ready Set Row
INTERVIEW: Sporty Girl with Coach Holly


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