Sarah Robb O’Hagan on Making Your Decisions Right

A routine is safe, solid and reliable. No one knew that more than Sarah Robb O’Hagan, former global president of the sports brand behemoth Gatorade. That is until she began exploring the idea of extreme living, a concept she details in her new book, Extreme You. Extremers, as O’Hagan calls them, are people living out their personal potential, whatever that might be. Dive into this interview with’s Shelby Skrhak and discover why taking big risks is vital to finding your best life.


This interview appears on the SUCCESS Talks Collection, available in the April 2017 edition of SUCCESS magazine.


  • Where are you at your best? Where do you suck? The first step in becoming an ‘Extremer’ is learning your strengths and weaknesses.
  • The older generations will always complain about younger generations. Learn how we might be suppressing future generations by not allowing them to explore their potential.
  • Listen and learn how big expectations can set you up for failure. Life isn’t easy, but you still have to be willing to take risks knowing that you might fail.

Favorite quote from this episode:

“My term for [failure] is ‘pain training.’ You have to rationally tell yourself that you’re actually never going to be the best that you can be if you haven’t experienced failure. That’s where the greatest growth happens.”

—Sarah Robb O’Hagan

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Journalist, podcaster and southpaw Shelby Skrhak is the former director of digital content and social media for Before joining SUCCESS magazine, Shelby launched the weekly suburban newspaper Plano Insider, and covered topics ranging from cops and courts to transportation and fashion. Her handwriting should be a font.

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