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Redefining   success  for optimal performance

For much of my life, if you asked me  what I wanted to be when I grew up,  I would have answered, without hesitation, "I am going to be a Major League Baseball player." 

Fast-forward about 15 years (spoiler alert coming): I am not playing Major League Baseball, or playing at all. While my career came to a close after college, and while I finished shy of my lifelong goal, I was able to walk away from the game truly fulfilled. I became the player I had always wanted to become.

I now get to work with students, teachers, and athletes of all levels to help them uncover that same sense of fulfillment in their lives by guiding them to develop a personal process to redefine success for their optimal performance.

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Ben Fagan is a former college baseball player who shares his experiences from the game with students, teachers, and athletes of all levels to help them redefine success for optimal performance.

Throughout his years as an athlete and now through his work in career development and as a college professor, Ben discovered that success is not what we are after. We want to be happy with the lives we have made for ourselves. We want to feel fulfilled as husbands and wives, sons and daughters. We want to feel accomplished in our careers, and we want to feel that what we are doing in this world is making a difference.

Through his talks and his book, Flipping The Switch: How to Redefine Success to Find True Fulfillment, Ben helps the groups he works with develop a customized game plan so they can achieve their ultimate success.


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 Flipping the Switch:  How to Redefine Success to Find True Fulfillment

Having big, bold, ambitious goals is a great thing. Whether it's about winning championships, being energized all year long, or simply feeling good today, we can't rely on the end goal to carry us through. We need to develop consistently great habits that we work on every day that put our team and ourselves in the best position to win. This talk will give you the tools to eliminate unnecessary pressure from your life, keep you in the driver's seat, and help you perform at a consistently great level.

 Three Key Takeaways: 


  1. Learn how to make a subtle shift in your focus that eliminates pressure, stress, and anxiety.

  2. Experience the power of choice and learn how to use the choices you make to empower your daily life.

  3. Discover how to lead a well-rounded life that keeps you energized and excited for what you want most.

 The Success Blueprint:  How to Create a Winning Customized Game Plan

One thing is more troubling than failure, and that is experiencing success and not knowing how to replicate it. Just as a car company uses an assembly line to build its cars, we need to create a personally unique process that allows us to build who we are. This talk will help you identify and develop your personal process, show you how to leverage failure, and teach you how to create a game plan that allows you to replicate your successes.

 Three Key Takeaways: 


  1. Identify how to create a personal process that will result in your optimal performance.

  2. Learn why allowing yourself to fail is the right thing to do.

  3. Prepare a game plan that will help you replicate your successes and leverage your failures.

 Take Pride in Your Progress:  How to Enjoy the Grass You Stand On

Keeping perspective about your fortunes is more challenging than ever before. With social media, the world's "successes" are blasted at you from all angles and at all hours of the day. It becomes difficult to take pride in your accomplishments because there is always someone who is doing something better. But this cannot be the reason you don't go after what you want in life. This talk will empower you to take pride in who you are right now, teach you how to maintain perspective in life, and help you show up today so you can get to where you want to go tomorrow.

 Three Key Takeaways: 


  1. Learn how to take pride in your progress and why it's essential to do so.

  2. See how to develop and maintain perspective in who you are.

  3. Understand how you are already in the position to impact others.


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Ben is dynamic speaker that captivates and engages his audience. I have had the pleasure witnessing Ben in action during two different presentations to student-athletes at Georgian Court University. The first presentation “Flipping the Switch”, held on Zoom during the Spring of 2022, captivated our student-athletes as their prepared for life after graduation. Our student-athletes were given ideas and examples on how to shift their mindset to define their own version of success.

Georgian Court University Athletics also had the honor of hosting Ben in October of 2022 in-person, and the event was an even bigger success. Ben motivated and challenged the student-athletes to discover how to lead a well-rounded life outside of their sport. Ben’s story resonates with many student-athletes and many feel like they connect with the shared experiences of Ben.

Kristina Ortiz
Assistant Director of Athletics

Georgian Court University

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