Phelp's stated that conserving water and working toward that goal was a perfect fit considering his successful career as a swimmer.
Michael Phelps is the most decorated U.S. Olympian in history, but not even the 23-time gold medalist is immune to the stress of a career change.
After a lifetime of rigorous training and competition in the pool, Phelps retired from swimming following the 2016 Olympics and began his search for a new obsession. At age 33, he’s embraced environmental and social activism through a series of high-impact campaigns, including a partnership with Colgate on its #EveryDropCounts initiative, which aims to address looming global water shortages by teaching water conservation practices.
Phelps said he initially “struggled” to decide what he would do for a second career, but made progress by identifying his passions outside the pool and embracing the same basic tactics that made him a world-class swimmer. The Baltimore native advised professionals facing a difficult career transition to think about their personal goals and develop a step-by-step, granular plan to achieve them.
“I’ve always done ‘dream, plan, reach.’ That’s kind of how I started my career. You start with a dream, you figure out a way you’re going to get there and you go for it. And if you fall short, it happens. I can’t tell you how many times something has gone not perfect for me and I’ve had to come back to the drawing board. But I think if you want something bad enough, I don’t think anything can stand in your way.”