Olympic Games July 27 – August 12th
In anticipation of the 2012 summer Olympics in London, I got inspired by the journey of an Olympian. The time, money, diligence, hard work and undying spirit it takes to keep a dream of becoming the best at what you do in your sport alive is very similar to the same drive many have as business owners in making a business succeed.
Why do we sometimes let our dreams go in trying to build a successful business? Do we loose hope or desire? Shouldn’t we all take the lead from the Olympians who if they just gave up – their time spent and dreams would be wasted?
This summer tune into the summer Olympics and get inspired. Who should we keep our eye on? TeamUSA of course!
Some metal hopefuls you may remember are:
If you want to catch a glimpse of Michael Phelps swimming competitively, you had better not blink. When the London 2012 Olympic Games come to a close this summer, Phelps will be swimming his final laps. Phelps won the most swimming medals in one Olympic Games with eight in Beijing. If he earns a silver medal in London, it will mark the first of his career. In addition to his 14 gold medals, he has two bronze.
Nastia Liukina who tied the U.S. gymnastics record of five medals at one Olympic Games set by Mary Lou Retton in 1984 and matched by Shannon Miller in 1992. Liukin’s Olympic medal haul includes one gold (all-around), three silver (team, balance beam and uneven bars) and one bronze (floor exercise). She garnered the most medals of any gymnast at the 2008 Olympic Games. She returns for this summer games in 2012. The 2012 Games marks a big year for USA Gymnastics as it will be the first Olympic Games in which Team USA qualified in rhythmic gymnastics as well as men’s and women’s trampoline.
Can the U.S. women’s basketball team win a fifth consecutive Olympic gold medal? TeamUSA has won six of the last seven Olympic titles (The Americans placed third in the Barcelona 1992 Olympic Games) and has a strong lineup ready for London.
So what can Olympic Coaches learn from the Business world?
Management and Leadership Skills
Over the last few years, Ashridge Business School has been working with dozens of top U.K. coaches from the 39 Olympic sports to apply some of the lessons from the business world to the playing field. Ashridge’s executive education program, endorsed by the British Olympics Association, strengthens the coaches’ management and leadership skills.
What can business owners learn from Olympians?
Drive for gold
Now many business owners have kept their spirits alive despite the dwindling economy, but others have let the economy and other factors become an excuse as to why they should give up their dreams of building a successful business .
During challenging times, when you aren’t sure what direction your business will take, remember to stay positive and challenge yourself to keep the dream alive. Believe in yourself and your business.
Many Olympians struggle to afford their training, have little money to support themselves, but they find support through alternative methods to keep going. They believe in their abilities and continue to strive for gold.
If you are looking to keep your dream alive, but need some direction as to what step to take next why not lean on a mentor or coach for direction like the Olympians do?
“If at first you don’t succeed try try try again”
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