Synopsis: Lead Change
Featuring Dale Johnson
Directed, Filmed, and Edited: by Michael Crocker
How do we inspire? How do we open doors? How do we lead change?
Playing Polo, building a relationship with its amazing community, and sharing my journey with my friend and teammate Sunny has been nothing short than a blessing. It has tested all of my abilities but undoubtedly it has been one of the most impactful journeys in my life.
On a trip to Buenos Aires just over three years ago, 32-year-old Dale Johnson casually spotted a pair of polo boots on display in a store. “Those shoes are badass, I gotta get into that,” he thought, and months later he joined a clinic. Now, at age 35, Dale is a nationally competitive polo player who, along with his horse, Sunny, is taking the sport by storm.
If you’re wondering the kind of person who can become a powerhouse polo player seemingly on a whim (on top of his day job), that person is Dale. “I’m not trying to be virtuous, maybe I’m just a nerd,” he says of his highly disciplined habits — habits that include waking up at dawn, drinking tons of black coffee, working out, doing daily affirmations, reading books by Roman stoics, and going to bed by 10 p.m.
Michael Crocker: Director is an award-winning director, videographer, and editor specializing in non-fiction sports content creation. He collaborates with professional athletes, creative agencies, and sports brands.