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Sports and Leadership - Does work always pay off?

Updated: Oct 23, 2019

Work always pays off”.... This is what my father was used to telling me every time he could see me discouraged, frustrated or angry even. This was years back when I was training hard for competition. I got great rewards and bitter failures, but more importantly I took with me great lessons that I realize, have very much shaped the way I am in my professional life today.

These lessons learned, they have become a way of life more like... Here are my own ones:

1. Sport: It is ok to fall, and critical to get up and repeat all over again and again. Professional life:

RESILIENCE - Giving up is not an option.

2.Sport: Optimum conditions are seldom, your desire to win is determined by how much you are capable of outperforming no matter what the environment is. Professional life: FLEXIBILITY to changes - See obstacles as opportunities.

3. Sport: Perform in competition as if you were at training, not getting intimidated by anyone or anything (how many people are great at training but keep losing in competition?). Professional life: EMOTIONAL INTELLIGENCE - Not getting impressed by anyone, whoever it is and manage well at (high) level of pressure.

4. Sport: Going to a competition with the spirit of participating means you already lost. Professional life: DON’T JUST DO IT, GET IT DONE!

5. Sport: Be good sports and congratulate the winner, no matter how bitter it can be. Professional life: BE HUMBLE AND LEARN - Questioning is key.

6. Sport: Talent is not everything, consistent and tough training are required to raise the bar. Professional life: LEARNING AS PART OF YOUR ROUTINE - Nurturing yourself regularly and get inspired to think ahead.

7. Sport: Winning is not because of you only, but for a great part to anyone who has supported you, in those bad and good days.. Winning means shared success. Professional life: TEAM SPIRIT - Also get to know who your allies are, trust people who trust you.

8. Sport: Winning just doesn’t happen by coincidence: Will and work, work & work do the trick. Professional life: Like my father said, WORK ALWAYS PAYS OFF - Discipline is key.

9. Sport: The one with the best in class gear and/or most fashionable equipment is not necessarily the one who wins. Professional life: DIPLOMA should be ranked last in the evaluation of a professional.

10. Sport: There is a time for everything. Consistently remaining at the top is the hardest thing to achieve, not all can. Professional life: Same :-)... COACHING - Your experience means nothing if you don't help and encourage others to develop themselves.


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