Kevin Carroll is the founder of Kevin Carroll Katalyst/LLC and the author of three books published by ESPN, Disney Press and McGraw-Hill. As an author, speaker and agent for social change Kevin inspires businesses, organizations and individuals - from CEOs and employees of Fortune 500 companies to schoolchildren - to embrace their spirit of play and creativity in business and personal growth
With his consulting endeavors, Kevin has helped turn creative ideas into reality for organizations such as The National Hockey League, ESPN, Nike, Starbucks (his words appeared on 17 million Grande cups), The National Basketball Association, The Walt Disney Company, Mattel, Hasbro, Procter & Gamble, The Discovery Channel, Capital One, and many others.
"To be a life-long learner with a beginner’s mind is what I’d give more of to others - the attitude of always being in 'beta' as a person - always updating & improving!"
If you could be rich with one thing, what would it be and why?
Economic influence. The reason for that is, I would have the ability to activate ideas as I saw fit. It would also allow me to have the ability to rally others. Economic influence would move me from the 'begging end' and put me on the 'empowered end' of advancing humanity. That would help create greater social impact. I’d like to create unique ways for others to have social impact and share all the resources at my disposal as needed to help activate ideas.
I want economic influence to assist in advancing others, to empower others and to have unique, inspiring impact.
What do you have that you think others should too and why?
Grit, resilience curiosity and life-long love of competition.
Everyone should have some “fight” in them - grit.
Everyone should have an 'inner determination' that can be sustained over a long time - resilience.
Everyone should have a healthy level of curiosity. Especially in these times, when the one constant is change - remaining curious can serve you well in ever changing times.
And lastly, we have to be willing to compete every day. As my my grandfather once said - “you’ve gotta check your want to every day.” I really believe that if you want to be better, you want to advance your ideas and you want to progress in life you have to be prepared to compete in order to turn your ideas, hopes, aspirations and dreams into reality.
If you could give more of one thing, what would it be and why?
I would give more of the beginner's mind. Having the beginner's mind is having the attitude of openness, curiosity, excitement and wonder. I think we need to be open, stay curious and approach each day like we did as kids. Each day is filled with wonder and we should really marvel in that. It can be so magical to bring that attitude everyday. To be a life-long learner with a beginner’s mind is what I’d give more of to others - the attitude of always being in 'beta' as a person - always updating & improving!