Considering how much dedication and hard-work goes into training for Rio, there are some parallels between the work ethic of an athlete and an entrepreneur. Inspired by Team GB, The Great British Entrepreneur Awards have unveiled their 5 tips for entrepreneurs that are transferable to the workplace.
Remain Positive – Tom Daly (Diving)
After winning bronze with Dan Goodfellow in the synchro diving in Rio, the pair were so ecstatic they lost their footing, falling back in celebration into the pool. With a smile that reached from ear to ear, Daly’s positivity and passion is infectious. He continues to wow with his triple somersaults, tuck jumps and seamless diving routines. But it’s not all been smooth sailing for Daly.
The talented 22-year-old lost his father to cancer prior to the 2012 Olympic Games. Two years later he made the brave decision to come out, publicly, as a homosexual. To come back from both of these huge life-changing events, shows how positivity can evoke strength and determination through hard times.
Maintain a Good Work / Life Balance – Joe Pavey (Long Distance)
Supermum, Joe Pavey, finds the time to look after her two young children, whilst working and training. She is now preparing for her 5th Olympic Games and says that being a mum, “Made me feel happy in my personal life, I feel like I’ve got that balance and it does make me enjoy running.”
Although being an entrepreneur means devoting your life to your work, finding a life balance is just as important. Don’t forget about your own happiness, as this could have a knock on effect on your work ethic and drive.
Be Dedicated and Determined – Adam Peaty (Swimming)
Miles ahead of the competition, Adam Peaty left the other swimmers for dust, claiming an easy gold medal win. However, Peaty has made many sacrifices to ensure his success. Missed social events with friends, maintaining a very strict diet and training exhaustively with no financial rewards has shaped him into the athlete he is today.
However, according to former breast stroke champion, David Wicke, “Becoming an Olympic champion is going to increase Adam’s commercial value.“If you were to put a value on an Olympic swimming gold medal now, I’d say it is about £1 million today.”
Starting out as an entrepreneur is an uphill slog, but if you but put the time in, be dedicated and determined then your hard work will eventually pay off.
Show Resilience – Heather Fisher (Women’s Rugby 7’s)
Rugby powerhouse Heather Fisher is a truly inspirational athlete. Not only is she competing in a male dominated sport, she is also very honest about her previous struggle with anorexia and being effected by alopecia. She says, “I thought if I struggle, other people are going to struggle so it was my way of saying it’s OK to be different, to look different, it doesn’t mean anything.”
Resilience has crafted her into a successful and respected athlete. The ability to recover and bounce back is essential in business too, to turn a negative into a positive will allow an entrepreneur to learn and evolve.
Believe in Yourself – Hannah Cockroft (Paralympian T34 Class)
Aiming for three gold medals at the Rio Paralympics, Hurricane Hannah is determined to dominate the T34 Class. Racing in a wheelchair, nicknamed Tinker after her friend who recently passed away, Hannah has already visualised herself with 3 gold discs draped around her neck.
Self-belief is priceless, as entrepreneur Henry Ford once said, “Whether you think you can or think you can’t, you’re right”. If you believe you can, the rest will follow.
“Nothing is too big an achievement.”
Laura Trott (Cycling)