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Why My New Favorite Olympian is... Kareem Maddox
It's easy to tell someone to "Follow your dreams." But how many of us have the intestinal fortitude to quit a full-time job not once, but twice, to do just that. Well, Kareem Maddox did. Most recently, he quit his successful producing career at 30 years old to try to make the U.S. Olympic 3 on 3 basketball team. (Spoiler alert: He didn't made the team.)
Maddox joined NBCLX's Ngozi Ekeledo and Olympic fencing medalist Ibtihaj Muhammad on our podcast "My New Favorite Olympian" to discuss his Olympic journey and why he didn't give up on his Olympic pursuit when every logical bone in his body told him to abandon his dreams. And he shares what happens next after your Olympic pursuit comes up painfully short. (CLICK HERE to subscribe on your favorite podcast platform or CLICK HERE to watch the full video.)
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In this episode, Maddox reveals how he quit a stable podcast producing gig at Spotify's podcasting arm, Gimlet Media, to take one last crack at making the Olympic team. " I didn’t necessarily want to quit. You know, I really loved my job at Spotify...I felt like it was manageable. But at a certain point, you know, you just got to commit and dedicate. And I felt like January 2020 was the right time to do that," he said.