Caroline Burckle: Self-Worth Not Based on Productivity, Episode #75, 8-4-2020


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A person’s self-worth has nothing to do with what they produce or their perceived success by others. Olympic swimmer Caroline Burckle talks with Kelly and Maria about how reflecting on her swimming career -- as well as pursuing other talents and passions -- has strengthened her belief in her inherent worth.

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Caroline Burckle grew up in Louisville, Kentucky and swam for the University of Florida, winning two NCAA individual championships in 2008. She was named the 2008 NCAA Female Swimmer of the Year and earned a bronze medal in the 2008 Beijing Olympics, swimming the 4×200-meter freestyle relay.

Since retiring from swimming in 2010, Burckle has started RISE Athletes, a mentorship program for young athletes. Burckle is also a professional artist and swimwear designer.

Episode Topics and Mentions

University of Florida

2008 Beijing Olympics

RISE Athletes


Redondo Beach, California

Swimwear designer


Mental health and athletes




Michael Bennett

Michael Phelps




Motherhood and identity


Janet Evans

Being “seen”

Limiting beliefs


Clark Burckle



  • It is so important to be authentic and to be seen for your real self, not just one aspect of your life.
  • People can be good at more than one thing. Hold space for the different parts of yourself.


  • Use confidence as a tool for getting through the pain.
  • You don’t have to “produce” to have value.

Quote of the Week:

"I think one should look at where their self-worth lies, who are they are as a human being first, before we talk about what they can produce." -- Caroline Burckle

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