In light of the 2018 Winter Olympics, we couldn’t help but notice the similarities between sports and business. The same qualities that breed success in the world’s elite athletes are necessary in becoming a success in the entrepreneurial world. In fact, you may notice that many businesses pride themselves on having a “sports-minded” basis for their operation and the mentality of their employees.
If you’ve every played a sport before, you know what it takes to be the best athlete you can be. Playing sports is more than just a way to pass the time and be part of something fun. Playing a sport teaches you essential skills that translate to all aspects of your life; one of the most important being your career.
What does it mean to be sports-minded in the world of business? Think of the attributes of a great athlete. The greatest athletes are determined, disciplined, motivated, strong and hard working. They don’t make excuses and they aren’t easily discouraged. Those same principles are applicable to business. That is what it means to be sports-minded in the business world.
It is easy to separate those who are sports-minded from those who aren’t in the work place. If you make a conscious effort to strengthen your work ethic and think more like an athlete, you will have a definite edge over those who don’t. Here are some advantages of sports-minded people:
- They know how to self motivate.
- They have impeccable work ethic.
- They are willing to learn.
- They’re team players.
- They don’t back down.
- They lose gracefully.
- They don’t give up.
It is definitely safe to say that there is a correlation between being sports-minded in the workplace and entrepreneurial success. Remember to keep your eye on the prize and you will be on your way to the top in no time!
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