Who’s got your back, Jim Cartwright and it made all the difference

by Tom Carroll

As I read Who’s Got Your Back: The Breakthrough Program to Build Deep, Trusting Relationships That Create Success–and Won’t Let You Fail I have thought about those that have enabled my success. As I have thought about it, one key driver of my success was my career as a wrestler. I have many thank you notes that have been long overdue and one will go to Jim Cartwright my high school wrestling coach.

Jim Cartwright invested may hours in my success, an investment that has delivered to me returns in multiples I am unable to measure. Like most teenagers, I failed to understand the value of his investment when it was being made. I will never forget how far his loyalty extended, I was in my last full year in collage when my father passed away suddenly without warning. I was in St. Louis and had to fly back to Chicago, who was there to pick me up 4 years after I had wrestled for him Jim Cartwright and Fred Arkin. I will never forget that small but meaningful gesture, it meant a great deal to me. For the time, effort, training, prodding, swearing, and advise, I owe more than I know to Jim Cartwright.

Without Jim Cartwright having my back I would not be where I am today.