Michael Jordan and Jordan Spieth have excelled in their chosen sport. There are lessons in their excellence every entrepreneur can learn from!
1. Multiple skills. Both men participated in and excelled at multiple sports in school. This experience taught them to diversify and become proficient in multiple skills. Each skill builds on the other. Sportsmanship, dedication, teamwork, and overcoming defeat, to name a few. All of these skills would also benefit an entrepreneur. The more skills you develop, the more you will understand about your business, people and overcoming obstacles.
2. Focus. To be great, both men had to focus on one sport! They knew what they were good at, passionate about, and focused on building their goals, dreams and skills around that one sport. Being an entrepreneur, you too must focus on the main thing. What are you passionate about? What are you good at? Set goals and dedicate yourself to being great at what you do best, then make choices based on accomplishing this objective.
3. Mentoring. To excel, each “Jordan” sought out mentoring and coaching to help them build their skill set, both physically and mentally. As an entrepreneur, to get to mastery, you need coaching to help develop your skills, see “blind spots”, keep you accountable and most importantly, to mentor you and support your efforts and goals.
4. Perseverance. The “Jordans” each “failed” over and over to be great! The lessons in failure give insights into what needs to be improved. Failure isn’t failing, quitting is. The ability to persevere in sports is the same mindset required to be a successful entrepreneur. Learn your lessons, get better, and persevere. Who you become by committing to your goals, staying committed, learning and growing along the way far exceeds the trophy!
To become a great entrepreneur, there are lessons to learn from great athletes. The focus, mentoring and perseverance help both the good athlete and good entrepreneur to become great! And don’t forget, who you become along the way is the greatest reward of all!