By Dara Torres, Elizabeth Weil

From mythical Olympic gold medalist Dara Torres comes a motivational, inspirational memoir approximately staying healthy, getting older gracefully, and pursuing your dreams.

Dara Torres captured the hearts and minds of usa citizens of every age while she introduced her Olympic comeback as a brand new mom on the age of forty-one—years after she had retired from aggressive swimming and 8 years due to the fact her final Olympics. while she took 3 silver medals in Beijing—including a heartbreaking .01-second end at the back of the gold medalist within the women’s 50-meter freestyle—America enjoyed her all of the extra for her surprising fulfillment and her good-natured attractiveness of the results.

Now, in Age is simply a Number, Dara finds how the dream of an Olympic comeback first got here to her—when she used to be months into her first, hard-won being pregnant. With humor and candor, Dara recounts how she again to severe training—while nursing her little one daughter and contending together with her cherished father’s lengthy conflict with melanoma.

Dara talks frankly approximately diving again in for this comeback; approximately being an older athlete in a more youthful athletes’ video game; approximately festival, doubt, and trust; approximately operating via ache and uncertainty; and finally—about seizing the instant and, most vital, by no means giving up. a really self-made legend, her tale will resonate with ladies of all ages—and with someone bold to entertain a possible most unlikely dream.

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Serious fun is great fun. Birthday cakes and Dilbert comics are nice, but they are not the reasons people love their jobs. Having fun while getting into a project is a rush that fuels focus and results. Many leaders pooh-pooh having fun because they believe that it gets in the way of productivity. Don’t be one of these ill-informed leaders. You can be fun and focused. Fun and professional. Fun and resolute. Fun with high expectations. In fact, the more critical the project, the more important it is to have fun with it.

Building strong and deep relationships should not be an option; it should be a basic requirement for all leaders. When employees do not feel connected to either their manager or the company, they may focus more on what’s wrong than on how to help the company meet its goals. What people focus on is a choice. If you want your people to choose to focus on the business, help them feel connected to it. Key Point: Showing interest in your people is a basic leadership requirement to ensure focus and results.

But you do not need to go bowling with your employees to develop business intimacy. You can be both open and focused on the business. You can be professional and intimate. Frankly, the “let’s keep it professional” argument is a copout. Some leaders have a hard time being real, being open, and showing who they really are to their employees. These leaders are not getting close enough to learn from or tap into the most amazing talents their team has to offer. Leaders need to get over their fear and discomfort and get real with their employees, peers, and managers.

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