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Competing To Win

Sprinter Lauryn Williams debuted as an Olympian in 2004, taking a silver medal in the 100 meters during the Athens games. The American fell .03 seconds short of gold.

Williams worked and trained daily for years to keep her dream of Olympic gold alive. Finally, she got the chance at the 2012 London games and returned home with a gold medal as part of the USA’s record-setting 4X100 meter relay team.

Now in her second career as a financial advisor, Williams, 35, is leaning on her athletic experiences to help navigate a similarly challenging path to success.

“I’m trying to teach myself to measure and really focus on what I’m accomplishing one step at a time instead of basically feeling like every client conversation is a championship race,” said Williams, who started her virtual company, Worth Winning, three years ago.

“You’re planting seeds all the time as an entrepreneur and some of those seeds are going to have a really delayed return on investment. But just show up and do the best that you can in that moment and be really proud of yourself.”

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InsuranceNewsNet Senior Editor John Hilton has covered business and other beats in more than 20 years of daily journalism. Follow him on Twitter @INNJohnH. John may be reached at [email protected].

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