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Episode 39: Chris Smith, The Athlete Network

September 12, 2017 No Comments

Episode 39: Chris Smith, The Athlete Network

September 12, 2017 No Comments

The mindset of an athlete is a terrible thing to waste. And Chris Smith is making certain it gets put to good use by means of his company, Athlete Network — the largest community recommendation platform for athletes.

Athlete Network connects athletes with employers who appreciate the competitive energy and drive they have to offer. Through opportunities like these, along with other Athlete Network services like career coaching, mentoring, and workshops, individuals transitioning from sports into the workforce can translate their unique qualities into success (services free for athletes).

As a former athlete himself, Chris saw the need to provide an online support structure to the athletic world. The constant push and challenge of an  “Athlete’s Mindset” (AM) can break you if not fueled in an environment of like-minded people. Chris’s determination to help athletes use the better edge of their double-edged sword is his commitment to helping the world be better than they were yesterday. One athlete at a time.

Key insights from the episode:


  • Understand you’ll have to breakup with your sport.
  • Learn how to control your Athlete’s Mindset and position yourself in life to fuel it in the right environment.
  • Discuss the types of career paths fit for your energy and traits
  • Develop a 5-step game plan with a coach, match with mentors and connect with others in the network, read helpful articles tailored to your struggles.


  • Played football at the University of Hawaii
  • Transferred and graduated from Missouri State
  • Made the transition from competitive sports to the corporate workforce
  • Has been helping athletes compete in life since 2005
  • Created The Athlete Network in 2015


  • Surrounds himself with other highly intense people


  • Has two black belts, participates in Tough Mudders and mountain bikes
  • Being an entrepreneur and trying to build a business is the ultimate competition.


“I find when I’m at my worse as a business owner, and even as a dad and human being, is when I’m not competing in something. I have to have it as a part of who I am because it gives me purpose and fuels that intensity.”

“Athletics typically will transcend culture, race, religion, it’s such an amazing connection tool to help you get to where you wanna go.”

“We do need to start putting more of an emphasis on these non-cognitive skills because I can teach you a lot of things but I can’t teach you to compete every day.”






Jake Thompson

Jake Thompson is a professional speaker and coach who helps ambitious leaders win their work, workouts, and life. As founder of Compete Every Day, he has spent years studying great competitors, and with this research, has created a process that can help leaders harness a Competitor's mindset to make better choices and in turn, make bigger impacts in their careers and personal life.

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