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Ordinary wont change the world--says keynoter Carroll
LAS VEGAS (7/15/10)--Kevin Carroll has been beating the odds all his life. He briefly gave an account of his childhood to attendees at a general session Wednesday at the 1 Credit Union Conference in Las Vegas. He was abandoned by his father when he was an infant. His mother abandoned him and his two brothers when he was 6 years old. Carroll
Click to view larger image Kevin Carroll challenged attendees at the 1 CU Conference on Wednesday to turn their dreams and ideas into reality. His company--Kevin Carroll Katalyst--is committed to elevating the power of sport and play around the world. (Photo provided by the World Council of Credit Unions)
and his brothers then went to live with their grandparents in Philadelphia. When Carroll says, “Your circumstances do not dictate your destiny,” he knows whereof he speaks. Carroll went on to graduate from college, get a master’s degree, serve in the Air Force as a translator, work as a trainer for the National Basketball Association’s Philadelphia 76ers, write three successful books, work for Nike as its “creative change agent,” and he now runs his own company, Kevin Carroll Katalyst. Carroll has been a credit union member since 1980, when he joined 1st Community FCU in San Angelo, Texas. He said he always felt an affinity for the credit union mission. When Carroll was working for Nike in Beaverton, Ore., he met the staff of First Tech CU, also located in Beaverton. “The staff of First Tech believed in me and my vision for elevating the power of sport and play around the world,” said Carroll. “They gave me a line a credit so I could be spontaneous, like building soccer fields and basketball courts in countries around the world. They helped me be extraordinary and do extraordinary things, because they understood that ordinary won’t change the world. “I’ve leant my voice to a lot of causes that I feel passionate about, most recently an organization called Alliance for a Healthier Generation,” said Carroll. “What are you lending your voice to? What are you being a catalyst for?” He challenged attendees to never lose their sense of wonder. “Adults often lose their sense of wonder,” he said. “Have you ever noticed how an adult walks down the street—hunched over with eyes downcast. Compare that with how kids walk down the street—upright with eyes looking all around. “Your job is to look around and see opportunities in financial services,” he said. “Be extraordinary, because ordinary won’t change the world.” The conference, which ended Wednesday, was presented jointly by the Credit Union National Association and the World Council of Credit Unions.
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