Diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes at Yale New Haven Hospital in the fall of 1996, Charlie is a graduate of the University of Pennsylvania (’02) where he was a two-sport varsity athlete (Football and Track and Field), as well as high school All-American in Track and Field. Before founding Fitscript, Charlie worked in Business development for a successful software startup in the Homeland Security Industry. Charlie is a father, husband, golfer, skier, runner, speaker and entrepreneur. Episode #27 of the David Novak Leadership Leadership Podcast with David Novak and special guest, Charles O’Connell.
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Charles was defiant about his illness and didn’t want to be held back because of it. He learned to manage his diabetes, and ended up playing on University of Pennsylvania’s basketball team. He persevered and went as far as to qualify for the Olympic trials.
What obstacles have you faced in trying to reach your goals?
Think about a time you persevered. Did it pay off?
Though it was difficult at the time, being fired turned out to be the best thing that ever happened to him—only after that did he realize that his calling was to help those suffering with diabetes.
Have you ever experienced physical or emotional burn-out?
How do you think leaders should handle burn-out?
David’s passion is to make the world a better place by developing leaders at all ages through David Novak Leadership, his family’s Lift-a-Life Foundation, Lead4Change, Global Game Changers and The Novak Leadership Institute at the University of Missouri.
Novak has been recognized as “2012 CEO of the Year” by Chief Executive magazine, one of the world’s “30 Best CEOs” by Barron’s, one of the “Top People in Business” by FORTUNE and one of the “100 Best-Performing CEOs in the World” by Harvard Business Review…
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