Staff Sgt. John Nunn is a busy man. He serves his country in the U.S. Army Reserve, is planning to attend the Army Physicians Assistant Program and owns his own cookie business, Ella’s Cookies, with his daughter, Ella. Oh, and he also happens to be on his way to his third Olympic games in Rio in the 50 kilometer race walk.

Nunn does it all in hopes of making his biggest fan, Ella, proud. “I want to be a better person and a stronger contributor to society so that she can see what she can grow up to be like,” Nunn says. “At the same time I want to be a good person, because I want her to be proud of me and be happy that I’m in her life.”

Nunn says that it surprisingly isn’t difficult for him to transition from his athletic mindset to his business mindset, as he explains that the two jobs are very similar. “The mindframe that you have to be an Olympic athlete parlays easily into entrepreneurship,” he says. “There’s an awful lot of groundwork that has to be laid and things have to be done and nobody is going to do it but you.”

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