When Turtles Fly: Secrets of Successful People Who Know How to Stick Their Necks Out

Nikki Stone

Morgan James Publishing,  January 2010

Did you know you have better odds at winning the lottery than an Olympic medal? To bring home one of those coveted medals -- or achieve any great personal goal in life -- you need a lot more than luck. You need a game plan.

What if you could learn the secrets of success from an Olympian? A Nobel Prize winner? A Fortune 500 CEO? Along with anecdotes from her own dramatic journey, Olympic gold medalist Nikki Stone has compiled a treasure trove of compelling stories to illustrate each step on the path to success. She's gathered humorous, heartwarming and hugely inspirational tales from some of today's most brilliant business leaders, scientists, soldiers, inventors, philanthropists, musicians, athletes and entrepreneurs . . . a host of people whose very names epitomize achievement. Winners such as:

  • Designer Tommy Hilfiger
  • X-Games/Olympic Champ Shaun White
  • Jazz musician Branford Marsalis
  • Special Olympic Chair Timothy Shriver
  • NFL quarterback Steve Young
  • Perfect '10' gymnast Nadia Comaneci
  • Prince Albert of Monaco
  • Best-selling author Stephen Covey
  • Olympic skiing Star Lindsey Vonn
  • Top venture capitalist Vinod Khosla
  • Celebrity chef Todd English
  • And many more . . .
Now an acclaimed motivational speaker and peak performance coach, author Nikki Stone helps people in all walks of life to overcome fears, failures and plateaus and realize their full potential. In this step-by-step guide to success, she and her team of high achievers share their stories about reaching for dreams . . . and grasping them. Learn their secrets, then dream big and fly . . . !

25% of the author's net proceeds from the sale of this book will be donated to the American Cancer Society.

paperback | ISBN: 9781600376757 | Publication Date: January 2010

"Even after my many successful years in business and politics, I was still able to gain a great deal of inspiration and helpful advice from Nikki Stone and her incredible contributors. Nikki's work demonstrates why I was so thrilled to develop such a strong relationship with the Olympic movement."
--Mitt Romney, Business Executive, Presidential Candidate, Massachusetts Governor, and President of the Salt Lake Olympic Committee

"These inspirational stories and lessons will challenge readers to overcome their personal obstacles to success and encourage them to achieve their potential. When Turtles Fly is a great read and one that I would recommend to old and young alike."
--Dick Marriott, Chairman, Host Hotels and Resorts

"Nikki Stone knows how to deliver motivation!  With unique inspiration, compelling and moving stories, instructive hands-on advice, memorable philosophies, and powerful contributors all wrapped up in a package that helps support an extremely important charitable cause, who could ask for more. When Turtles Fly will be a book you reference again and again for both your personal and professional life. I give it a perfect 10!"
--Peter Vidmar, Olympic Gymnastics Champion, National Speakers Association Hall of Fame, and Chairman, USA Gymnastics

"Nikki Stone took on a monumental task of interviewing a number of the great minds in our time. Her efforts are a short cut for you to launch your personal and professional aspirations into outer space. This book is packed with great stories, powerful information and take home tools. Thank you Nikki!"
--Vince Poscente, NY Times Bestselling Author of The Age of Speed

"It's obvious why Nikki Stone has climbed to the top of her game, both in the air and on the stage. Nikki is a dynamic personality with a powerful message. She will challenge you to reach levels you didn't know were attainable and provide the support you need to stay at these new heights. Don't miss the opportunity to learn from a woman who has personally experienced overcoming incredible odds to reach unbelievable goals."
--Steve Gardner, CEO, FIVE STAR Speakers & Trainers

"Nikki Stone learned many valuable lessons on her journey toward Olympic Gold. In When Turtles Fly, not only does she share these lessons, but she also shares stories and wisdom from an amazing array of successful sports and business people. Some of them are world famous, and some you may never have heard of, but each story is equally compelling. If you can't find many valuable lessons in this book, then you just aren't searching very hard."
--Dan Jansen, Olympic Gold Medalist and Motivational Speaker

"What a great book! This is a keeper for everyone's personal library. I am pre-ordering 30 of them for gifts to give to students for graduation, couples getting married, and any holiday or occasion that calls for a thoughtful and meaningful gift."
--Frank Candy, President of the American Speakers Bureau Corp

"I have worked with Nikki for years and our clients and coworkers love her inspiration. She offers profound, easy-to-apply tools for taking life's scariest risks, overcoming the most challenging obstacles and finding the confidence to make sure that you stand out in a crowd."
--Jean Nelligan, Sr. Marketing Manager, Meeting Management, John Hancock

"When Turtles Fly strikes many chords. As you read each and every narrative of the gifted people Nikki references, you're given insightful advice as to their success. Life changing lessons are learned each and every day, sometimes, when you least expect them. You'll be filled with new found aspirations, even before you put this book down."
--Phil Mahre, Olympic Gold Medalist

"Nikki does a great job at connecting to the reader on so many different levels with a variety of contributors from all walks of life. There is something intriguing in this book for everyone and you'll gain a wealth of knowledge for your path to success from the inspirational stories and relatable and creative self-help activities."
--Bonnie Blair, 5-time Olympic Gold Medalist and Motivational Speaker

"Though Nikki Stone's story screams of extraordinary achievements, her hands-on tools in When Turtles Fly will help take anyone to Olympic-sized success. You have to ask yourself if you are complacent in your current station in life or whether you want to reach your full potential. Nikki and her contributors will truly inspire you and the specific tools will make sure you find your ultimate success. Her book is a marvelous addition to anyone's must read portfolio."
--Terry Shorrock, Panasonic Shows & Events Director