“We all have dreams. But in order to make dreams come into reality, it takes an awful lot of determination, dedication, self-discipline, and effort.”
-Jessie Owens, USA Track and Field Gold Medallist
Combine a dollop of determination, a pinch of passion, a teaspoon of teamwork and a sprinkle of sacrifice and you will be on your way to creating a recipe for success. These attributes are applicable to all people from all walks of life, whether you are an Olympic athlete out on the track or work a 9-5 in an office, there are hurdles to overcome. But with a bit of hard-work and determination, obstacles can be obliterated and dreams can become reality.
Olympic athletes are often referred to as Superhuman. They develop a winning mindset and make sacrifices socially, physically and emotionally to ensure that they are at the top of their game and prepared to win. These Superhumans will miss events with their friends to make way for a hectic training schedule, they’ll choose grilled chicken and rice over fish and chips so that their bodies are at optimal fitness, and they are willing to put their love for their sport first, over anything else in their lives. It takes priority.
This winning mindset can be transferred to the office. Setting yourself goals and challenges will help you maintain focus and targets to strive towards. Working from the top – down is a handy method for developing a strategy to reach these goals. Visualise your ultimate objective and then figure out step by step backwards from there, how you are going to achieve it.
Learn from the athlete who takes off too early and is disqualified for a false start: be analytical and take your time over the things that count. Learn from your mistakes, whether it’s coming off the blocks before the gun has sounded or not quite hitting the brief on a clients’ project, do not dwell on the past, take the criticism, adapt and move forwards.
The 400m relay squad, the beach volleyball players and even the athletes competing in the individual events all have something very important in common, they all have a supportive team behind them. Teamwork is at the heart of every business too, it provides a support base for those working in the office. Working together is important for morale and is vital in enhancing the performance of the company. Plus, celebrating the company’s successes together is highly rewarding.
Steve Job epitomises ‘going for gold’ in his quote, “The only way to do great work is to love what you do.” By loving what you do, you will be willing to make sacrifices like the Olympians have done for their chosen sport. This passion, drive, hard-work and self-belief will drive you towards your goals, waving at bronze and silver as you pass them by on the way up.
To love what you do sums up many entrepreneurs around the world and here in Great Britain. The Great British Entrepreneur Awards are therefore looking to celebrate and value those entrepreneurs that strive and are passionate about doing what they love.