Jeremiah Brown is one of few Olympians ever to have started learning his sport only four years before winning a medal at the Olympics. Jeremiah’s book, The 4 Year Olympian, spent five weeks as the #1 bestselling sports memoir in Canada. His story has been featured on CBC, CTV, Roger’s Sportsnet, the Globe and Mail, the Toronto Star, and USA Today.
Jeremiah seems to operate on four-year cycles of reinvention. From commercial banker to Olympic medallist, from Olympian to Canadian sport leader, and from Canadian sport leader to bestselling author and professional speaker.
Through each transformation, Jeremiah has come to learn the most crucial strategies that make the difference between success and failure. He now passionately helps organizations and people understand how to overcome adversity and adapt to change in their own careers and personal lives.
To Jeremiah Brown, transformation is inevitable and resilience is necessary when pursuing your biggest goal in life. He’s spent his life harnessing the power of resilience and mindset to adapt to new environments and overcome setbacks. The Olympic silver medallist, bestselling author, business leader and keynote speaker delivers a compelling message: realizing your potential requires embracing uncertainty.
You have to have a bias for action, you got to take the risks at the time, listen to your gut and know that that is the decision that you need to make choose and go. The reason I have this story to share with you is less of what I had to do and more of the choices of what environment I put myself in cause the discipline to self accountability it slides and ebbs and flows and some days it’s not there but if you were part of that team that shared Vision it will pull you forward who you choose to surround yourself with Olympic champions thats going to change you.
Jeremiah Brown on Finding The Courage To Compete
There is so much value in going one step beyond you’re quitting points, as that is where there’s so much to learn about yourself. Are you committed, are you all in, there’s a night and day difference between 95% and 100%. Courage is infectious as you build it up inside of yourself affecting the people around you. Jeremiah helps organizations and people find the courage to compete. Every company is dealing with massive amounts of change, digital transformation with business, competitive shifts in the landscape. Sometimes the best way to react to change is to slow down to trust yourself to sustain an effort long enough to see real process. The Mind creates boundaries and you got to say what not insignificant portion of my life do I not commit fully to this thing that I’m trying to do. He wants people to take action to make a change to grow and to move the needle forward.
The Courage in the conviction is to stand up and face this adversity and find a way through it. Leadership is everyone’s responsibility.
Jeremiah began his career as a commercial banker with TD Bank, managing the lending risk for an $80 million portfolio of loans to SME businesses on Vancouver Island. After the 2012 Olympics, Jeremiah was selected by the Canadian Olympic Committee to lead the development and implementation of Game Plan – a holistic athlete wellness and transition program designed to support over 3000 national team, Olympic, and Paralympic athletes in their transition out of elite sport and into their next phase of life.
His accomplishments include developing the Game Plan Education Network, which saw Canada’s leading universities sign on to provide more flexibility and support for Canada’s national team athletes; the Game Plan Employer Network, a brand new recruiting resource connecting Canada’s top companies with Canada’s top athletes; developing a partnership with Smith School of Business at Queen’s University, which will provide over $11 million in direct scholarship to retired Olympians and Paralympians. The work of Jeremiah and his team has been featured by major news outlets including the Globe and Mail, Toronto Star, CTV, CBC, Radio Canada, and Al Jazeera. Jeremiah has been consulted by the International Olympic Committee for his expertise while continuing to support the development of athlete welfare programs around the world.