"Failure is not fatal, but failure to change might be."
Connier Coats Nordan was born in Harnett County, NC, south of Raleigh, and his great-granddad James T. Coats founded Coats, NC with land he owned and as a community minister. Connier's heritage includes Scandinavian and German while Coats is an English name. He has experienced events others would consider monumental and ominous. His innate intuition is unique and has been used for the good.
According to Connier, people oriented businesses and entrepreneurs whom are very successful model after very successful sport leaders who are able to communicate, lead via knowledge and example, and connect with their players and people in their organization. He feels few people or organizations know how to attain and practice these concepts. Successful and sought after team sports are indicative of life relationships; thus, successful people, and organizations, structure their lives and self-development in a specific way.
Dr. Nordan has been vetted for many opportunities within sport, government, military, law, and education. And, he has helped many in varied professions, on a personal and professional level. He received an open invitation to speak at the NFL's National Rookie Symposium, and was nominated and selected to the National Leadership Honor Society.
His personal interests include reading books, physical health, forestry and carbon agriculture/farming appreciation and preservation, and
he has a penchant for the arts, music and playing guitar while writing songs. He also has a children's book to be published.
"Keep in mind, if one can't navigate, at least by taking risk or "chances" they have to change,
and if they are stuck or become immobilized that suffering or 'state' becomes a great lesson.
To know happiness you must know unhappiness, and to know comfort, you must know pain.
Seasons always come, challenges will always be there. There is not a panacea, it's a process and awareness of thinking."
A personal note:
I understand that everyone's pain is their pain. But, you have to learn to deal with the pain of disappointment, learn the meaning, and increase competence to move beyond and convert the pain into a lesson. Why, because by nature most people take the path of least resistance, and society promotes unhealthy ways of living and thinking, especially in maintaining optimal performance. You have to experience struggle to become strong, to become wise. Unearned wisdom is everywhere, especially on the internet.
I have experienced what others would consider unassailable circumstances. To assign fault was not what I needed, I had to understand how to improve and let the accountability work itself out in time; yet, as a youth I had little control over the lack and poverty and having to make adult decisions in a young boy's world struggling with indigent environments, dangerous people, and tough neighborhoods. I moved from poor country to poor city in many states, especially the southeast. I lived among and saw friends living in 8ft campers with no electricity and some without floors while I rode in a dump truck to a chicken farm to work as a boy. I faced many dangers, situations, and poor environments distant to productive examples.
Often, struggle of basic physiological needs were threatened from my youth to teens. Homelessness was experienced several times, poor environments and destructive people often. But, I was aware and determined. At age 19, while an NCAA college athlete, I was told I may have two years to live due to an auto-immune disorder brought on by my environment. At age 29 I experienced a heart arrhythmia that was not resolved until years later when an electro-physiologist cardiologist helped me personally.
I had to deal with what chronic stress can do to you as a boy and a young man. Struggle and pain I used as lessons. Though my health was challenged in life, and my environments less than acceptable, I became driven and sharp. I was determined to change the cycle of poverty and harmful environments that surrounded so many of us, and to beat the health challenges resulting from them. I paid attention to what was while driven to focus on what could become.
Education and sports I used as tools to better myself. I sought after transformational leaders when I could. I used sports and education to bring me other opportunities. And, those non-productive environments, a cardiac ablation and stymieing Sarcoidosis, I turned into actions to better myself and resolve. I never felt sorrow for myself, I set a precedence in overcoming great obstacles. I used my skills, my hope, my athletic ability, and an innate intuition toward health expertise, stoicism, introspection, meta-cognition, and consciousness. It is a mental state of mind in how to treat yourself and other people. I was determined not just to know, but to become. To become self-actualized with the creator's touch always on my mind. This is who I am today.