If you think the only benefit to playing sports is pleasure and amusement, think again! Playing sports can transfer into your professional career and help you climb to the top.
In basketball, football, you name it; there are winners and losers on almost every play. Whether it’s two linemen battling over the line of scrimmage, a receiver matched up against a cornerback, or a guard taking you off the dribble and scoring at the basket, somebody is always trying to beat you. The same could be said as it pertains to business, you are always competing against other companies in your space.
Your coworkers are your team and you spend your time preparing to beat your competition. Having people on your team who are competitive, who can work within a team environment, and who understand the importance of hard work can give you a heads up in business. To succeed in a competitive world you have to be relentless in your desire to win.
Athletes are accustomed to failure, adversity, and success. All of this revolves around the drive to compete. Athletes enter the “real world” with the unique ability to wake up and compete on a daily basis. It is ingrained in our DNA to have a competitive drive and strive for success. It is because of this, that athletes are enticing hires for companies. There is no straight line in success. There is no straight line in athletic success. The ability to fail and keep moving forward is shared by athletes and business folk alike.
But it’s not just athletes from the collegiate level who are more likely to succeed in business, but studies have shown that 43 percent of high school students in the United States who have played sports tended to have more leadership, self-confidence, and self-respect.
Take tennis for example -- when you are serving, whether you succeed or fail cannot be blamed on anyone else. You have to control the moment and you have to deliver. True leaders need to know what it’s like to take responsibility for their actions. Whether it’s tennis, golf, running, or something similar, that concept of owning the moment is critical.
It is with that “athlete’s mindset” that I acquired way back in the fourth grade (when I was the only girl on my YMCA basketball team), that I am prepared to own my moment. I have decided to advance my career in journalism by taking a position with the San Antonio Spurs.
While I have thoroughly enjoyed my time here in Madisonville and at The Meteor, life is much like sports -- it’s challenging, it drives you, and when a new challenge arises, that you have prepared and trained for your whole life, you tackle it head on. You keep going and keep refining yourself, because that’s what athletes do.
Megan Huston is the sports editor at The Meteor. She can be reached at 936-348-3505 or firstname.lastname@example.org. j