This Superbowl Sunday we’re reflecting on what the world-class athletes on the field can teach those of us in transition in our careers.
For some of the all-time greatest players, the lesson is: quit while you’re ahead. They hung up their jerseys after a Super Bowl win and turned to new pursuits. Some, like Ray Lewis and Jerome Bettis, became sports commentators. John Elway owned a number of successful car dealerships. Ted Hendricks started a charitable foundation. And Michael Strahan went on to become an Emmy-winning talk show host and even launched his own men’s clothing line.
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Writing for CNBC, Abigail Hess discovered that a remarkable 90% of high-level women executives, and a good number of male executives, were athletes in school or beyond. The adjustment from athletics to the business world can be difficult, but a life in competitive sports can translate to success elsewhere. Hess notes that the team skills, the discipline, and determination of a great athlete are the same traits that make a great business leader.
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On Viktre, Zach Seybert expands on the notion that athletes are primed for business success by quoting five lessons from former pro lacrosse player and entrepreneur Drew Westervelt:
- Be prepared – injury or other circumstances can end an athlete’s playing career at any time. It’s critical to have a long-term plan.
- Be persistent – the job search and transition can be full of rejection, but persistence and positivity will lead to success.
- Trust your team -“surrounding yourself with great people and identify(ing) team goals and metrics to achieve those goals is key.”
- Ask for feedback – and listen – In sports you make adjustments to your play and improve your performance with the help of a coach. In business, feedback “helps us become better workers and even better people.”
- Lead, don’t follow – Self-confidence often translates from the field to the office. “Have the confidence to make your value seen by actions to drive your team or business.”
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Michael Strahan Image credit: Heath Brandon