There is power in positivity. This week, we hear from athlete and entrepreneur Cletus Coffey, who considers himself an eternal optimist. After an injury brought his sports chapter to a close, he struggled to find a new identity off the field in the world of business. He talks about learning to overcome doubt during tough transitions and using optimism, empathy, and gratitude to build a strong framework for the future.

Having a negative outlook can cramp our creativity. Without creativity, it can be hard to keep competing with ourselves to be better than we were yesterday. We can develop a positive mindset by counting the little wins, and making a commitment to learn and grow. Sometimes, it takes closing one chapter to open another, so it’s important to keep looking forward to new opportunities on the horizon.

What You’ll Learn:

  • Make the small victories count
  • Find your identity, purpose, and meaning
  • The importance of practicing empathy and gratitude
  • Develop consistency in work and life
  • Have an optimistic mindset to move past failures


If you want to be a great competitor, you’ve got to hold yourself accountable. You’ve got to find a way, whatever it takes, to make progress every single day. You’re always building on the day before so that you are constantly in pursuit of greatness.” -Jake Thompson

“When you compete against others, it creates blood in the water … when you compete against yourself you get creative versus competitive.” -Cletus Coffey

“It’s doing those things when no one else is watching.” -Cletus Coffey

“If we’re stuck in that negative mindset, it really puts blinders on us. That negativity stops us from that creative mindset, whereas a positive mindset creates a quiet mind.” -Cletus Coffey

“It’s having to let go and flush those mistakes, flush those failures, and turn around and have that optimistic mindset that I can turn around and go get it back.” -Cletus Coffey

Contact: You can follow Cletus Coffey on social media @CletusCoffey and check out his website, where you’ll find links to his podcast, “The Recovering Athlete.”