If you wonder what’s so special about athletes, think of them as CEOs of their own companies. After all, they’re as rare as CEOs, earn like CEOs, and deal with constant pressure like CEOs. Only a handful will ever make it to the top, and it takes more than talent to reach that plateau. Not many can be pros, and the stats to back it up.
That’s why when it comes to succeeding in life and in work, athletes could teach you a thing or two.
Motivation from the Very Best
Athlete Speakers are becoming a popular feature in keynote speeches, and if you look beyond what professional athletes do in the field, you’ll know why. They need to manage their wealth, keep in shape, and perform despite constant criticism. Derek Jeter and Magic Johnson are the best examples of athletes becoming executives, but they only made noise in the business world after retiring.
Now, many professional athletes don’t wait until after their careers to get started as businessmen. Kevin Durant and LeBron James are both active investors right now.
What’s so relatable about them is that not all these athletes came from a business background. They learned, despite lacking the traditional qualifications to be in commerce, and thrived. In a world where everyone can dream to be their own CEOs, what these athletes can share carry substantial weight.
An Energizing Figure
Imagine telling your employees that Kobe Bryant will come and speak at your next corporate event. That alone will get people excited, that they’ll get to see the great Kobe Bryant say a few words of encouragement. That’s what athletes do in their careers, and for people like Kobe, they get to make people excited for their presence even when they’re retired.
If you’re lucky, you may even get the chance of booking a hometown athlete in your company. Thinking about it, you’ll probably get energized even before you get in touch with a representative.
These are only a few of the reasons professional athletes are exceptional — beyond their on-court or on-field performance. They’re no Steve Jobs or Satya Nadella, but they know a couple of things that can spur you to achieve personal success.