When the time comes to move on, it’s important to realize it and do just that. Open a new door. Take advantage of an unexpected opportunity. Don’t shy away from change. That’s the message from this week’s guest. Rachel Balkovec was the first female strength and conditioning coach in MLB history, but she’s much more than that. She considers herself a nomad, a feminist, a minimalist, an athlete, and a coach. In this episode, Balkovec talks about not being afraid to upset the norm and recognize when the current path isn’t working anymore.

It all comes down to being able to shed your skin. As a player, Balkovec spent a lot of time off the field because she got the yips. She used that setback to hone other skills, like leadership and teambuilding, which propelled her into what would become her coaching career. Now, she’s back in school and hopes to one day become a general manager. But even if that’s not where she ultimately ends up, she says it’s OK, as it’s about the journey she takes along the way.

What You’ll Learn:

  • The importance of flexibility and being able to adapt to changes
  • How to build success, step by step
  • Recognize what’s no longer serving your interests and move on
  • The benefits of diverse experiences
  • Take advantage of open doors and new opportunities



“You should be shedding your skin on a regular basis. You should let go of one identity and have another one. You should be OK with shedding your skin and moving on to a different part of your life.” -Rachel Balkovec

“The more you cling onto something that’s no longer serving you, just think of the time you’re wasting.” -Rachel Balkovec

“You have to be flexible. You have to be able to live. You have to be able to let (things) go and be able to mold to your surroundings … and that is in every facet of life.” -Rachel Balkovec

Every day I get better at being myself. Every day I get better at finding the optimal state that I’m living in and if I’m living in an optimal state, I’m going to be successful. Period.” -Rachel Balkovec

It’s been about a continual process of competing every day to get better, knowing it puts you in a better position later to either seize an opportunity or adjust if adversity hits because who are you are becoming is more important than where you’re trying to go.” -Jake Thompson

Contact: You can follow Rachel on Instagram at rachel.balkovec or via her website, rachelbalkovec.com.