Michael Phelps has won more gold medals than any other American in history but his time in the pool is up. Phelps has picked his second career and it looks to be activism.
According to Fox Business:
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.”
Phelp’s stated that conserving water and working toward that goal was a perfect fit considering his successful career as a swimmer.