by Tina Olivero

    What Olympic Champions Say About Success

    The OGM had the chance to ­interview Brad Gushue, ­Olympic ­champion in the sport of ­curling. A local resident of St. John’s, ­Newfoundland, Brad is your average all-Canadian guy on the outside, but on the inside he’s a fireball.

    Sponsored by oil and gas industries’ FourQuest Energy, Brad continues an inspiring career in curling, and in doing so, he also inspires us all with his Olympic results. Here’s what Brad had to say:

    THE OGM: What was your original vision as an athlete ten years ago? 
    Brad: Ten years ago, I believed I was going to be an Olympic champion. We were fresh off a World Junior Championship, and I believed that, with plenty of hard work, we would win gold at the Olympics. I didn’t expect it would come as quickly as it did.

    THE OGM: How did you architect your success all the way to being an Olympic Gold Medalist?
    Brad: We developed a plan. We determined which team was the best in what area of the game and tried to figure out what they were doing differently than us. We then tried to incorporate some of the things they were doing and improve on them. A couple main areas that we addressed were physical fitness and mental preparation. We were one of the first teams, if not the first, to focus heavily on these areas. That ultimately paid off and has caused a huge shift in the way every team prepares now.

    THE OGM: What would you tell others about achieving their goals and making their dreams come true?
    Brad: Set your goals high. Put a plan in place to achieve them. It will take a lot of hard work along the way, and your plan will likely need constant adjustments. However, if you don’t have a plan, you will never achieve your goal.

    THE OGM: What are your top five strategies for success in life?

    1. Hard work
    2. Build a quality team around you
    3. Learn from failure (cause it will happen at some point)
    4. Believe in yourself
    5. Celebrate your successes

    THE OGM:  How do you honor mind, body, and spirit?
    Brad: I try and take time every day to think. Just sit down and think about all the different things going on in my mind. I sometimes visualize how I want things to turnout. For my body and spirit, I try and celebrate every success. Whether it be going out for a nice meal or buying something for myself or taking a couple days off.

    THE OGM: How do you see “competition”?
    Brad: Competition is simply a measuring stick. I practice because I love to practice, and because I want to be as good as I can be at the sport of curling. Competition allows me to see if I have improved, and where I measure up with people that have similar goals. When you want to be the best, competition gives you motivation, because people don’t get to see how good you are in practice.

    THE OGM: Please define a winner.
    Brad: Someone that works extremely hard. Gives their best and believes in themselves. You can’t always win, but you can always put in a winning effort.

    Tina Olivero

    30 years ago, Tina Olivero looked into the future and saw an opportunity to make a difference for her province and people. That difference came in the form of the oil and gas sector. Six years before there was even a drop of oil brought to the shores of Newfoundland, she founded The Oil and Gas Magazine (THE OGM) from a back room in her home on Signal Hill Road, in St. John’s, Newfoundland. A single mother, no financing, no previous journalism or oil and gas experience, she forged ahead, with a creative vision and one heck of a heaping dose of sheer determination. With her pioneering spirit, Ms. Olivero developed a magazine that would educate, inspire, motivate and entertain oil and gas readers around the world — She prides herself in marketing and promoting our province and resources in unprecedented ways. The OGM is a magazine that focuses on our projects, our people, our opportunities and ultimately becomes the bridge to new energy outcomes and a sustainable new energy world. Now diversifying into the communications realms, a natural progression from the Magazine, The OGM now offers an entirely new division - Oil & Gas Media. Today, The Oil and Gas Magazine is a global phenomenon that operates not only in Newfoundland, but also in Calgary and is read by oil and gas enthusiasts in Norway, Aberdeen, across the US and as far reaching as Abu Dhabi, in the Middle East. Believing that Energy is everyone’s business, Ms. Olivero has combined energy + culture to embrace the worlds commitment to a balance of work and home life as well as fostering a foundation for health and well being. In this era of growth and development business and lifestyle are an eloquent mix, there is no beginning or end. Partnering with over 90 oil and gas exhibitions and conferences around the world, Ms. Olivero's role as a Global Visionary is to embrace communication in a way that fosters oil and gas business and industry growth in new and creative ways.

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