Samantha Ponder is the host of ESPN’s NFL Countdown. She knew from a very early age that she wanted to be a sportscaster, but her journey took her much further than she imagined. One of the things that made her successful in a male-dominated industry is her ability to embrace failure. She isn’t scared of it.

Sam is also Mom to three children. Early in her career, she felt compelled to say “yes” to every opportunity that came her way, but as her family started to grow, she learned that a lot of times the word “opportunity” will cost you something: not money, but time away from other areas of your life. When Sam had her second child, she made the decision to start saying “no” more often—a difficult decision in an industry that is used to hearing “yes.”

When you say “yes” to something, you, generally, are saying “no” to something else. Listen to the full episode to hear Sam’s story and how she handles the complexities of being a working mom.

A few lessons from Samantha…

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