Assignment 1.2: Connecting sports and entrepreneurship

Purpose: Identify your strengths as athlete or sportsman/sportswoman and reflect how you could us them in business

Task: Reflect what characteristics you need in being an athlete or doing sports. What is it that helps you to practice a lot, to get up after falling down? What is your benefit of being an athlete? Connect the characteristics you found with your ideas about being an entrepreneur. Which properties will help you in your first steps as entrepreneur?

Interaction: Read some comments of other learners and react to them when you find similarities or something new.

Don’t forget to look at the page Athletes as Entrepreneurs with a lot of useful videos 🙂

208 Comments

  1. Krisztián Simon

    It is hard to tell why a sportsman can be good. In my opinion an athlete has a lots of quality. Goods and bads in the same time. Although an athlete and an enterpretur has nomerous amount of similarities. They have to be sure-footed, self-confident, patient, creative and troubleshooter. Maybe these are the key features if you want to be a successful.

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    1. Kinga Csonkics

      Can you discuss what do you mean by quality? 🙂

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  2. Levente Ali

    I think, that my strenghts as an sportsman is that I can cooperate well with people and I can learn from my mistakes and from wins too.

    Characteristics of a good athlete: persistent, can recognise good and bad situations and able to answer them best
    To get up and pratice: You have to like and love what you do, and make bonds with your teammates
    Benefits of being an athlete: There are too many situations where being a sportsman can help you, for example you can make friends and you earn abilities to help and educate others.

    To summarize, sports and entrepeneurship have a contact. For example, while you do sports you earn abilities to be a good leader

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  3. Tóth Anett

    I think an athlete has a lot of features he can later use as a businessman. Whether you are an individual or a team player, there are common features. such as motivation, endurance, concentration, cohesion and problem solving. Unfortunately, I don’t have any entrepeneurship exprience, so I can not say anything about it.

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    1. Levente Ali

      Yes, you’re right! Athletes have a lot of features they can use later.

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  4. Belmin Zećo

    Everyone who want be an athlete needs to be responsible and character-strong. Every morning athlete must to get up early, every day he has to obey the diet and work on his body and preformance and every night he has to go to bed early to regenerate his body.The greatest help for athletes to work and work after falling is motivation. Without motivation, no athlete could survive falling and return to what was before and then be better than that. The athletes’ benefits are certainly healthy and long life, well-shaped body and healthy spirit. Naturally, athletes also have the advantage of being more capable of working unlike other populations.

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  5. Lejla Tanovic

    I think that the best quality that an athlete has is a working habit. Athlete gets up every day. eats what he is supposed to, does one treining, or does two trainings, sleeps when he is supposed to. That kind of discipline is only visible in the most succesful people in business. Other great quality is to have that never give up mindset, which pushes the athletes forward all the time, no matter what the obstacles are, and that is also a very good quality in business. Another one is knowing how to deal with failiures, like injuryes sometimes, it doesn’t have to be a loss at a competition, because every day can have a small failiure. All these things also make an athlete very mature at a very young age and highly motivated to do something meaningfull.

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  6. cemotarik

    Everybody can and should be doing sport, but what sport that depends on us and ur personalitys. If we want to be a professional athlete we also need some characteristic that others people dont have. It can be maybe strong motivation.
    When I win the game, when i see the happiness in everyones eyes, when I feel the adrenaline pumping through my veins all of that helps me to forget about any small or big problem. At that moment I can only feel happiness and nothing else.
    If we do sports we will get some great characteristics like responsibility or you will be great at leading or great communication with people and many others. And they will help us to become successful entrepreneur. I think that every characteristic will help me because sport has gave me the key for every lock, I just need to find a door.

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  7. Kinga Csonkics

    I think a person’s nature is absolutely the same in the real life and on the court/ground/field etc. It’s importent to an athlete to develop themselves constantly. The athlete’s knowledge, emotional intelligence, etc is really important in sport. If they know ho to handle with different situations they have the adventage. Sport isn’t just about have two trainings in a day. It’s so much more.
    A sportman learn so much from sport failuers. (mistakes, injuries, simple bad days on competitions etc.) They will have skills to handle it and they can use it on the ‘ordinary’ days or in work. I mean: endurance, mental fitness, open-mindedness etc.
    I think if a sportman (or ex sportman) do a job they have the adventage against people who haven’t got the skills what I was writing about. (Of course it’s not in every situation, but I think there are many examples for this.)

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  8. Vid Persak

    My sport is mountain biking. I still do this as professional. As a sportsman I was always good at predicting things. I think with this you are able to predict how can you lead your coworkers and your bussines. I learnt how to deal with the pressure. With long time racing experiences I have learnt how to deal with the pressure. As a entrepreneur you deal with the pressure on the daily base so this will help me a lot how to deal with the problems. After falling and winning many times I always found motivation in myself I never looked for my actions to be done by somebody else but they were done by me so I have always took some good from a bad what can help you in bussines as well.

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  9. Povilas

    As I do not have a lot experience in entrepreneurship, I could talk about sport side. For my opinion leadership, motivation to win and knowledge how to recover as well as ask for help from other is the things which drives you to become successful in wrestling. I guess that the similar skills have to have the entrepreneurs. I hope after reading study material and other participants opinions I will find answers and get common understanding about the entrepreneurship.

    Povilas

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  10. Eglė

    I believe that in management and entrepreneurship you have to have variety different skills to become a successful person. It is similar like in pentathlon where we have to compete in different sports. Self-confidence, commitment, pursuit of the goal and adaptation is the most important thing in both sectors in my opinion.
    Cheers,
    Eglė

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  11. Tomas_LT

    I think that an athlete has some characteristics that it can help as entrepreneur. In my opinion it is success orientation, determination, group work and leadership.
    These are one of the key factors of the success in both sport and business. Also, another thing which is important you should like what you do, otherwise it will be big struggle going further.
    Best wishes,
    Tomas

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  12. Gergye András

    Hello,

    I think, an athlete and an enterpretur has nomerous amount of similarities, for example both of them have to good at communication; solving problems; working, motivating and leading a team; stay calm; and have high aims. As an footballer according my experiences thats what i can say in this topic.

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  13. Orsolya Tolnay

    Dear All,

    It is hard to read all your comments and reflect, but I’ll try.

    I have found a great summary how sport and physical activity change your body and mind, and I would like to share with you:
    https://twitter.com/sport_england/status/932228473531355142

    I cherry picked what helps to become a successful entrepreneur:
    Sport:
    -increases confidence, stamina, focus and attention,
    -improves awareness, performance, balance, learning, self-image and cognitive functioning
    -reduces fatigue and anxiety
    -keeps you motivated
    -boosts creativity and productivity

    Let me know if you agree or not.
    Kind regards,
    Orsolya

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  14. Vilius Sa

    I think that characteristics which you need in being a good athlete is self-motivation and devotion to your sport. In my opinion this is qualities that you need for doing work as-well, especially in doing business and becoming entrepreneur. Also, in both cases other important quality is knowing how to lose.

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  15. Bogdán Leila

    In my opinion an athlete just like an entrepreneur has to have some skills.
    First of all, he has to be motivated, that’s one of the most inportant ones. If you don’t have motivation (or enough), you won’t wake up early on the morning and workout or deal with your business.
    Then, you have to think in steps, I mean small goals to achieve your bigger aims. These aims have to be clear, reasonable and in a deadline.
    You have to be dedicated to your sport/job as well. Unfortunately it comes with some sacrifices too, but every athlete and entrepreneur should think about it; Does it worth it for me? If the answer is yes, there is no more questions.
    You can’t afford yourself to give up. It depends on the person and the outside world as well, because when the negative things stops you, it’s your bad. You should controll them.
    The last thing that comes my mind is to love what you’re doing. Maybe I should have written it first.
    I think these are the most important skills (does them really skills?) to become a good athlete or entrepreneur.
    All the best

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    1. Jutta Pauschenwein (Post author)

      Hi Leila, welcome back 🙂 and I like your approach that we should love what we are doing, bye, Jutta

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  16. Matteo

    Like an entrepreneur an athlete knows that he has to be patient and has to work a lot to reach his goals. An high level athlete non only has the opportunity to be entrepreneur of him self but he has the chance to found his own brand and he has the possibility to be the image of this brand. He know that his results in sport could help him to improve his career also as entrepreneur.

    Bye, Matteo

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  17. Nikšić Azur Omar

    As an athlete first of all you have to love what you are doing, that is what you train and to be 100% dedicated to it, be determined. After each manifestation – when I hold a diploma in my hand, thanks to the strong motivation and desire for the next competition. Through a sports career I have the opportunity to meet new people and people from all sorts of lives, which is a very good advantage. I would like one day to set up my private taekwondo club, for which I need strong encouragement and desire as well as in sports. A great start at the establishment of the club will be the psychological consciousness that has already been built, which is built up through a sports career.

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  18. Sejla

    hi,

    Through a sports career I created a good team (base). The idea is one of the fundamentals of a future entrepreneur in sports. Every good team must have leaders (leaders) to fulfill the goals, especially when we talk about sporting entrepreneurship.

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  19. Amar Čejvan

    As an athlete you need to be devoted strong willed, wake up early,eat healthy,train and dont do drugs. My main goal is bodybuilding.Before bodybuilding I trained football for 10 years,and parallel to football i started with individual training.Through individual training I improved my body,mind and condition .
    I really liked it,and wanted to devote myself to it.I started to feel better in my body and I dont want to give up on that style of life.
    With my knowledge I want to promote healthy style of life and help people who need it.One day I would like to become a fitness trainer and to show people with hard work there will be progress.I would promote these ideas through social media and get attention from many sponsors who would help me realise it.

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  20. Massimo Sanna

    Sports and business can have similarities, goal achievement, effort planning, error correction for improvement, tenacity in pursuit of results.
    In short, an entrepreneur who conquers sport in its essence of fatigue and sacrifice is good but not all, the economic system is even harder and more competitive than sports

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  21. Slavenko

    As an athlete you need to be dedicated and patient throw you sport carrier. If you accept sport as a game, then no fall dawn can destroy your goals. Sport should not be something that sportsman must to do, but something that enjoys to do. From every potential loss the athlete can learn something new about him or herself, and by further development time correct and change it to his or hers strength. The biggest benefit I have gained as an athlete is a large number of honest friends. Essentially, everything I learned through the sport could also shape me as an entrepreneur.

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  22. Denis

    As a basketball player I think patience and right decisions play an important role in a field of entrepreneurship. It is important to have the right team around because there is always someone you can learn from, and thats the way to success. My team motivates me to become better player and gives me strength to get up and train even more after every lose game.I would like to get information how to become entrepreneur and how to implement my knowledge into business.

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  23. Nedim

    Hi,

    You have to be persistent and dedicated, disciplined and decisive as an athlete. Also the wish to succeed in life is crucial.
    Also some of the benefits of being an athlete is the number of contacts you get to develop throughout your sport career. All the above listed characteristics actually help athletes to become good entrepreneur.
    To own your construction company, considering that the market is over flooded with construction companies, being persistent will certainly be beneficial. As well, building your network of good connections and using your reputation as a benefactor of your community will help in the process.

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  24. Samira

    I believe that athletes are mentally stronger than other who do not practice sport. There is nothing to demotivate them and each fall makes them stronger, after every fall they rise up again. All of this is positive in building your own business, sport guides you since early childhood and helps you deal with a lot of things.
    What personally motivates me to do my training everyday is the wish to win. I like winning 🙂
    I wish one day to have my own gym. And to be successful to run my own gym one day I need strong motivation and strong wish, which I will take with me from sport.

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  25. Alma

    Through my karate career I have learned how to be calm, how to get over disappointments and failures, also I built my character and met a lot of people who have the same goals like me.
    All of those qualities help me when I am in a bad mood or when I lost match, to get up and keep going. It can be connected to entrepreneurship because in both situations you must fall few times to be the best and on the top.

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  26. Aida S

    The one thing that keeps me going after I get discouraged is remembering the feeling of winning a match, and the excitement and happiness of my team members. You need ambition, discipline, but most of all, drive. It takes a lot of strength to keep going after you have been knocked down, and I think that’s something sportsmen/women know best.

    This translates to entrepreneurship extremely well, because it takes a lot of courage and ambition to start a business on your own. We have to remember that victories do not come immediately, and that it takes a lot of falls and wrong turns to succeed.

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  27. Matyas Jokai

    Hi Everyone!

    So when I was thinking about how could I explain my thoughts about this topic, I got the idea that I will post the same picture here which I used to explain to high school students why is it worth to apply for foreign scholarships.

    https://media.licdn.com/mpr/mpr/shrinknp_800_800/AAEAAQAAAAAAAAHcAAAAJGVjMTViODI1LTFjZGUtNGRjMy04YzAwLTNiMmU4Y2MyMDNmYw.jpg

    (sorry I only could post it this way)

    So this picture is about success. I think the most important similarity between sport and entrepreneurship is to never give up trying and working.
    When I started to play basketball at my university 6 years ago my coach didn’t put me on the game roaster. I only could train with the team. After one year of practice I became the starter center of the team. The team was competing in a region championship between universities of Budapest. I was working hard and at the end of the year the university’s other basketball team’s coach asked me to play for them. They were competing in a higher level (in the 3rd league in Hungary) and because of this progress I had the opportunity to play in the national championship between colleges and universities. After that I had to skip one year because of injury and an Ersamus + program, but after that I have returned and thanks to the hard work and the commitment to the team I had become a starter player and the captain of it. During the university studies I’ve done a basketball coach’s training and because of the time which I spent with the university’s sport club (and I also had some experience as a coach) they asked me If I would be also a trainer for them.
    So I wanted to tell this story because it is a good example for that, you don’t know when and how will the hard work pays off, but it will and that is the most important. If it doesn’t pay off as well as you expected it doesn’t matter if you did your job perfectly because you could move on with a clear conscience and you have the knowledge how you should do it next time.
    The picture which I have attached is good to show that the success is not a way which you have to find, the success is a station on a long journey where you have to fail a lot of time. I can tell you that I had teammates whose were more talented but they exit the club/team because of the coach/their too busy timetable/the losing streak. Ever since maybe they found a better workplace and job but I have achieved my goals. I am happy now, so the work and the fact that I had toleranced the suffer of not knowing the future, just trying to do my tasks perfectly, paid off. Now I can start to look for other things to achieve in the future.
    I think in entrepreneurship I can use the skills I have learned throw sport. As you see I think it is important to have an aim, but if it is not reachable or you have to change it a little bit it is not a big deal. If nothing goes well, despite of hard work, knowing the fact that it has to pay off (in a way) gives you the ability of tolerance the failure.
    The other very important skill which sportsmen can use in entrepreneurship is the knowledge of how to teamwork. Every member of a team has unique skills. If everyone use their best and ask for the others to help if they don’t know something or can’t do it perfectly alone the teammates should be helpful in any case, because that’s the only way it works. In teamwork the most important is not to be the best one, the most important is to be a member of the best team (which needs from everybody to be very dedicated in work in an unselfish way). If our team goes well we will happily work for it. The team always needs to have one common aim, which will lead us to success at the end.
    Best regards,
    Matyas

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    1. Jutta Pauschenwein (Post author)

      Hi Matyas, that’s a great picture – I’m an expert in (online) learning and this picture is valid there as well. 🙂
      At the moment the MOOC is in week 3 – so maybe you want to jump to the assignments of week 3? Bye, Jutta

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  28. Peter Ribianszky

    HI, I think a professional athlete has to be a good team player, especially if she/he does a team sports. A professional athlete needs patience and has to be persistant, because this is the pledge of success. She/he has to make a dicision quickly in risky situation. In my opinion is very crutial in entrepreneurship as well. Thiese are the most important qualities, but there are many others, for example: communication, self confidence, adaptability, felxibility, etc. And thiese qualities are also important in business life.

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  29. Deák Bálint

    Hi, I used to play football for 12 years, so I think I know well how to work and play in a team. First of all you always have to stay calm, disciplined. You must listen to the coach and if you lose you shouldn’t blame your team mates. The situation is very similar in a company. If you are the manager and if things don’t go as it was planned, you have to keep on being motivated, finding the errors you made. Never start with blaming the others. You have to get through the problems with your whole team.
    The property that helps me to get up after falling down is the feeling that I don’t like myself in my skin: I want to be the same or even better that I was before.
    I’m sure that if you are confident and motivated enough you will be able to start your career as an entrepreneur.
    As I already have said if you learn how to get up after a failure during a sport activity, you will have enough experience to do the same thing as a manager of a company.

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  30. Jure Lenarcic

    There are alot of things that are similar between good athlete and entrepreneur. So i think if you are good in sport, why not being good as an entrepreneure. As i mentioned above both share a great deal of good things such as: getting your goals straight, being focused, being persistent, taking some risk and so on….

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  31. Michael Wagner

    Strengths as athlete:
    – FOCUS (follow one course until successful)
    – set goals
    – motivated
    – staying power
    – ambitious
    – determined
    – don´t quit

    Strengths as entrepreneur:
    – FOCUS (follow one course until successful)
    – set goals
    – motivated
    – staying power
    – ambitious
    – determined
    – don´t quit

    As you can see, there are a lot of matches between an athlete and an entrepreneur.
    In my opinion the transfer between sports an business is perfect. So if you are or you were a great sportsman und also will be a successful entrepreneur.

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  32. Lizz Görgl

    I think what made me a good athlete and a champion was dedication and living for my passion. I decidet to become a profesional ski racer, when I was 10 years old, but my passion for sports in general was there, when I was born, I guess. And so was motivation. If you are passionate about something, you don´t think about motivation. It´s just there. But then, of cource, there comes the point, where passion is not enough anymore, resistances are taking part. And than for me it was all about my will. I have a strong will and I ´m very ambitious and curious. And that helped me to keep going – always. I just could´t do different. I just had do do what I did and I was so exited and happy about getting better in the one thing I loved. I was asking my self a lot if I`m at the right place, when I was ingured and I always answered myself – yes I am. The last 16 years of my professional skiing career, I haven´t had a serious ingury anymore, and i guess that´s becauce my way was reflection and alway working not just on my body, but also on my mind and my life! All this characteristica are a good basis for beeing an entrepreneur, I think. It´s the same. You have an idee – you just work on it to make it as good as you can – and for an athlete, that´s just natural. So working on your goals, even when you fail is part of the deal of beeing an athlete and getting better, and so it is for entrepreneurs.
    But of course it takes more to be a good entrebreneur. Besides empathy for your envirement, beeing open minded, and innovative you gotta be clear in your communication and you gotta make fast decisons if needed and somethimes it´s just all about your instincts – the same for athletes.
    I like what Marc said about supervising the team, without making them realizing it. Since I´have been an individuel athlete, I did´t have to deal with teams a lot – so working in a team is definitely something were I have potential to become better.

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    1. Natasa Sfiri

      Hi Lizz! Thanks for your posting here! After reading your posting I am thinking about the role of the “instincts” in the career of athletes and in the career of entrepreneurs. I think a lot of what the instincs are telling us comes from our previous expeiences and from a very quick evaluation of the current situation. But there is a lot of work saying that our emotions play a great part in taking decisions. It’s an interesting subject.
      Best wishes,
      Natasa

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  33. Margarita

    Hello,

    I liked the comments of Philipp and Verеna. And I agree with their thoughts. I often used sports skills while studying and use now. The main thing is to know the goal and know where to go. It is necessary to enjoy the process, and not to think about the result. We need to analyze our actions and correct mistakes. And of course sport teaches to deal with stress. The ability not to panic and be able to control your emotions is very important in your work.

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  34. Peter Gacs

    Hi everyone,

    In my opinion, as a football player I’ve learnt a lot about sports, maybe i can say about life, too. Luckily, I can say about myself, that I am discipline in sport. In trainings I do what the coach tells us to do. Through the years I had teammates, who were way more talented than me, but they were not orderly enough to get a professional contract at the end of their amateur career. They were individual players, self-centred inside and outside the pitch. I think DISCIPLINE is one of the most important abilities what you can pick up while playing any sport.

    The second thing i would like to mention is TEAMWORKING. If you want success in a team sport, you have to be able to cooperate with your teammates, with your coach, and the staff. This type of ability you can use many other parts of your life.

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    1. Jure Lenarcic

      I agree with your opinion. I am coming from individual sport but anyway i think you are on point

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  35. Audrius

    I think a lot of qualities should be athlete: discipline, concentration, doing everything to the end, defeating myself, suffering pain and fatigue, working in a team, learning to communicate, having more ambition. After dropping down, it helps me knowing that everyone is better, I like what I do, the understanding that I need to know the knowledge, identify the problem and solve it. Sports make me active, teach me to trust myself, not to give up. All of these characteristics can help me in business.

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  36. Francesca Indelicato

    Hi everyone!
    I’m Francesca and I live and study science of sport in Turin. When I was 10 years ago I started wrestling and now I am in national team. 3 weeks ago I did world beach wrestling in Turkey and I win! Is was very interesting and funny, there were only little difference. My sport teach my respect to the opponent and healthy living lifestyle and resilience!! I love a lot of sport, and I see them during the Olympic game. My focus are the next Olympic game in 2020.

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    1. Natasa Sfiri

      Hello Francesca! Nice to see you here :-)! I wish you all the best in achieving your goals! Have fun in the course! Natasa

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  37. Philipp

    I think there is a lot that you learn being an athlete that helps you being a successful entrepreneur. Being an athlete you have to learn how to deal with setbacks, pressure, sacrificing other things to accomplish a goal, dedication, taking risks, that you have to perform “now” even if you are not ready, and even how to deal with successes. I think all of these things will also help you being an entrepreneur and are an attributes athletes already had to learn all their lives.

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    1. Jutta Pauschenwein (Post author)

      Hi Philipp, do you want to be an entrepreneur?

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  38. Verena

    I think athletes need to have a really strong will to do the consistent work and load of training you need- to get better and to succeed. You have to be mentally fit and strong to not let yourself be knocked down to the ground by anything that comes in your way. You have to be patient, and also able to understand that success is not coming over night. You need to make sure that you make the best out of every moment and chance you get, because you never know when it’s coming again or if it was the last one. You should never wait for the “perfect moment” to shine or to train or whatsoever, because it’s only up to you to make the moment perfect. Also as an athlete you need to have a real good time management, because only very few people can actually live from their sports. Some athletes need to take care of their own sponsors, they first need to be able to present themselves as good as possible, and when they won a sponsor they need to be able to keep in touch with them and keep them or also newspaper up to date. You have to be willing to set yourself priorities in life. Maybe you need to decide whether something or someone is really helpful on your way to reach the goals or not. And if not, sometimes you need to let go of it even though it can be hard.Also you need to be patient and believing in yourself. But you also should believe in all the people around you, like your coach and for example your masseur- they are doing all they can and you should also be able to appreciate that. Mistakes or disappointments can happen to everyone and are also necessary to make it to the top, but the main thing is to keep going and never lose faith. To keep going and to keep the goal in mind- that’s really important.
    I think every little bit of my life as an athlete will help me later as well, like working together with others to gain the most. Now I work together with teammates of the same sports club and in the future, when I have a job, I will work together with my “teammates” of the job. The basic is the same- you need to work together to succeed. You have to trust the people you work with, you need to be able to make decisions, manage your time wisely and have a strong will. A strong will to continue working and never to give up will be the most important thing I learn now in my active sports career, that will also help me a lot in the future.

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    1. Natasa Sfiri

      Hello Verena! I also think patience is a very importand trait to have in sports and in business. I have never been very patient my self :-/

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  39. Ronald Charles

    Hello everyone,
    being an athlete is not an easy task, especially at a very high level. some of the characteristic i needed to have was to :

    – To have clear goals. ( how far do i want to go, when and how long should it take me to get there, what do i want to accomplish from all this)
    – to be a leader
    – be a team player
    – Motivated ( remember my goals and why i am doing this)
    – to be patient and attentive.
    – to be passionate ( when you are passionate about something its very hard for you to give up on it.)

    its very important to always have good goals and characteristics, as for me my goals always kept me going because i was very passionate, and when i am down or injured i remember why i am here in the first place ( which is my goals) and i just kept on moving.

    being an athlete also comes with many benefit, but the one i think is the best is that holistic impact on a athlete life, where many qualities like: motivation, passion, patience, the openness to learning etc helps shape some of the best rounded and educated individuals you can find.

    As an entrepreneur some of the main qualities you can have when getting started is:

    – Leadership ( you have to know how to lead its very important. knowing your team their strengths and weaknesses.)

    – Team Player ( you will never know how to do everything by yourself, so its important to have a team. and not just any team, but one with many different qualities so the business can be effective. remember a football team do not have 11 Strikers but many different positions)

    – Clear goals ( you need to have very clear goals.” you cannot start to play a game of football and not know if you want to win draw or loose”. so its very important that you know exactly what you want.

    – Passion (my favorite characteristic that i think all entrepreneurs should have is passion. Someone who loves what they do will never give up on it.

    Regards.

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  40. Francesco

    hi!
    I’m an athlete of rollerski and cross country ski, do some sport i think that is important because thanks to this i’ve learn to suffer for try to reach the goal! Certainly this can to serve in the life and in the future.

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  41. Lorenzo Gasperi

    Hi!
    I’m not a professional sportsman, but like a athlete i reflect to much about the motivation and for me is the first factor when the competition doing hard or the load of training is elevate in the weeks / months.
    Like a coach, i think that the creativity and imagination to problem solving is essential to win a match, do best performance or plan perfect sessions during the weeks of season. About this the team / staff is fundamental; realize that all parts of team ( staff and athletes) works in the one direction and to one goal contribute to create a strong team and discover the best solution for a imminent problem.

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  42. Jaka

    Being an athlete means that you should or might have next characteristics: endurance, patience, dedication, discipline, perseverance, reliability, being punctual, being communicative, having goal and much more. I think that sport is like having another mother or father, because it educate you, connect you with outer world, make you better, stronger and healthier person. At this point i am extremely grateful that my parents somehow pushed me in “sport world”. In my career (10 years) of skiing i learned a lot, get at least a litlle from characteristics written above and i am very happy about that. I’m sure that this will help me with my “next” career. I see many connections between sport and entrepreneurship. First that comes to my mind is dedication because without that one you almost can’t do nothing. If you are not dedicated to what you are doing, you will not give your best or will not put your effort in it. And this will slower your progress and success. Next one is having a clear goal. Imagine being in front of a huge mountain, next to you you have a friend who is sure about reaching the peak. You don’t have a clear vision about reaching the top, you just want to try and see what happens. I’m sure that your friend will wave to you from the top, when you will be struggling somewhere on the half of way. With that i’m trying to say that you really need a goal no matter how bumpy the ride could be. The third and also very important is “getting up after falling down”. Almost every athlete at least once falls down. We can all admit that this is the hardest part of sport and also necessary for every professional athlete. Falling down gives you motivation to become even better, and this is also very important in business world. At this point i can say that you have to try many times even if it breaks you down, keep trying. Someday you will be successful as hell! Example: if you open, let’s say store with sport clothing. After 1 year you see that you are in minus all the time. Don’t give up. You have to try something different, we have to be creative with our ideas and need to listen to others. In this world everything is about selling and buying, so i think that as an entrepreneur you have to watch, listen and learn about what people like, what they need and what they will need in 10 or 20 years. No risk, no fun!

    Regards

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  43. Emanuele Becchis

    I’m a rollerski sprinter so my races finish in 10-25″. For win it you need to be fast to decide how change the technique or the push for the imperfections of the ground, but another basical feature of this sport is be calm and ready before the starting shoot, specially if you are in the final of the world championship in front of a crowd. Stay focus and ready to do what you have to do in a few deci-second it’s a feature of all the day not just in sport but, probably, in all the fields (also entrepreneur). The Sports have a lot of good features that could be transmitted or “reused” in work or daily life.
    When I fail a goal or after a falling down, for give up I usually do this things: understand what happened and why i didn’t reach the goal, re-focus the new goals, study the strategy and try to reach it with all my energy. It’s easy to say that this concerns everyday life and certainly also the field of entrepreneurship.

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  44. Luca

    I think the features of an athlete that might be useful in the profession of the entrepreneur are: constancy, perseverance, strength of mind, dedication and desire to win and problem solving skills

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  45. Martin

    I play a team sports so you can only achieve ure goals if you work as a group. It takes a lot of discipline to be an athlete but if you work hard youre good at the sports you play and if youre good at it its fun to work hard.
    Hard work always pays off wheter its in sports or in youre worklife.
    I also think that beeing an athlete helps you in making decisions and take responsibility for youre actions.

    It is a great expierience and you meet so many people on youre way which are also possibilities for the future some even founded their own companies together

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  46. Igor

    Hi again,

    Interesting question Btw.

    Sports and entrepreneurship or whatever you do must be fun and interesting for me.
    All other things as a meeting new people, earning money, travelling around the world is just a plus when you really get into high level in sports or business.
    From my perspective having that drive every day comes from different sides. But if you as a athlete or business man/girl have fun doing things that you choose doing then more than less you will fight no matter how far you have come.
    Be consistent, work hard and have fun is something i believe in.
    Best regards
    Igor

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  47. Zsófi Sárközy

    I think the most important I learnt thanks to the trainings and competitions is that you have to be always motivated. Everyone has dreams, but to be successful you have to set goals, which are accesible. Than you have to fight for it, of course it isn’t easy, because not everyone will support and understand you. But it worths, in my opinion is the best feeling, if you achieved a goal or a dream.

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  48. Claus Dapeci

    Being an Athlete:
    It’s hard to tell, everybody focus on different things! For me it’s important to be focused on my next competition plan your day
    train eat sleep repeat 😉
    Why do I want to be an athlete.?
    I thought it’s because of the fame and before your life is over you have reached something your name will be on trophies or resault lists forever that was my idea but after all these years it’s much more than just being an athlete.
    You get to know so many people (friends) see different places learn about new cultures. Being an athlete is something special a part of your life that nobody can take you away.

    As a Sportsman or Entrepreneur you can focus on your ideas and realize them maybe you fail at the first time but you get up and know how to fix them. The endurance will last longer and the effort to reach that goal will be higher.

    Cheers

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  49. Birgit Koschischek

    I think what an athlete needs most is DISCIPLINE and the will to leave the comfort zone. This brings you one important step closer for reaching your goals combined with passion. Falling down is part of the way of an athlete’s journey. You have to stand up, learn about it and focus on your defined goal. Just because you are falling down, doesn ´t mean that everything went wrong. There are always positive aspects.
    As an athlete I think I have learned a lot of skills that I can apply in my future profession. Just to mention a few:
    • Time management
    • load-bearing capacity
    • working ambitious on “one thing”
    • staying power, endurance
    • keeping your body and soul in balance (coz you only have one)
    • determination
    • to push through

    On my opinion all these skills (and there are a lot more) could help you to become a successful entrepreneur. The first steps as an entrepreneur are the same steps as an athlete, which means the approach for successful reaching a goal, is equal.
    You have a business idea, set a realistic and makeable goal, know your strength and general conditions etc.

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  50. Lorenzo Zaccone

    Hi everyone! I’ve never been an entrepreneur but just an athlete. I think that for do something, whatever it is, you need at first to believe in it. In my sport experience I’ve learned lots of lessons and I’ll always say that sport it’s “a life gym”! I think that to be a good entrepreneur you must work hard as well as in the sport and I’m convinced that in the long run the results will reflect the work done, for good and bad. The way we train will determine our competitive outcome so you just have to work hard and keep fighting to achieve your goals!

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    1. Markus

      Hi Lorenzo, I like your short statement. Maybe you will become a good entrepreneur. DO It
      ciao Markus

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  51. Beate Schrott

    I think what an athlete needs is to set a distinct goal, reflect about what it takes to achieve that goal and then dedicate yourself to achieving that goal. With a goal set before you, that you are passionate about, you will train hard and a lot if that is what it takes. You will accept setbacks and losses, if that is what brings you one step closer to your goal, you will be willing to make sacrifices. What I have learned being an athlete is that if you are truly passionate about something, you would do whatever it takes to achieve your goal. But your heart has to be in it.

    As an athlete I think I have learned a lot of valuable skills. To list a few: time management, people skills, knowing your own boundaries, setting boundaries, the value of a healthy environment, dedication, sacrifice, the value of your own health, the value of a good balance in life, networking, team work, resource evaluation, planning, management and optimization.

    For example: At the beginning of a new season, I always set a goal. Then I have to plan what I have to do in order to achieve that goal. The training that is required to achieve the goal, collaboration with a coach, physiotherapist, doctor, training camps, training with training partners. And then I have think about how much all of these measures will cost, how much time I have to invest. And so on….

    I think pretty much all of these skills are also very important as an entrepreneur. The first few steps as an entrepreneur will probably include having a business idea, setting a goal, reflecting on what it will take to achieve that goal, what are the resources you have, what are the resources you need etc.

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  52. Marco

    I think that sports create a special attitude inside people minds, especially children and teenagers can feel this advantage.
    A well-rounded mind, that used to accept sacrifices and used to take strategies in doing things can be a great advantage also in entrepreneurship and marketing processes.
    People who come from sport perfectly know everything about attitude, respect, teamwork; all this moral values can lead to a good worker in the future.

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  53. Tadej Novak

    In my opinion you dont need much to be a athlete or doing sports. But the must important characteristic is that you have motivation and discipline to follow your passion. If you have that, there is no problem to get up when u fall and your goals are very clear. For me, benefit of being athlete is that i have learned ward work will always get paid off. If u really desire something you have to put everything for it, you have to put your heart in it and trust me it will get paid off. So if you believe in yourself anything is posible. Other characteristics are important too, but you can learn them in the process of being a good athlete or successful entrepreneur. But this is just my opinion. 🙂

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  54. Furiák Gergő

    The business and to be an athlete is close to each other, you need almost the same properties, you have to be persistent, strong-minded, diligent, team player and so on. If these things characterize you, you are a good athlete and you start with a big advantage to be an entrepreneur. The most important thing is to never give up, if you fall, don’t let it go rather try it again! As a basketball player I know if i miss a shot, maybe I’ll hit the next. So I think it’s the same here, if you have an idea as an entrepreneur, try it! Maybe you’ll fall, but you shouldn’t be sad, you have to stand up and do something else or improve the basic idea. That’s what we do on the court. If somebody asks me whats the base of the whole thing….I say….the most important is to be motivated and to have a goal. If one of these two is missing, you won’t be successful, that’s for sure.
    Don’t get afraid to ask for advice from more experienced people, because they have enough routine to rely on them calmly.

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  55. Sabine Schöffmann

    I think that being a professional sportswoman/sportsman and being an entrepreneur have a lot in common. There are plenty of good things happening if you are an athlete but you also face a lot of challenges or difficulties. Finding solutions to solve problems is a main skill you have to develop. Athletes have to organize training, competitions and have to find the right environment or more specifically, they have to find a staff or training partners that is the best for them. Sometimes you have to work with people you do not like but you have to find a way to handle this situation. Social skills are needed if you want to become a good athlete or entrepreneur. Furthermore, athletes and entrepreneurs have to set goals that are ambitious, but realistic to achieve. If you want to be successful, no matter if in sports or in business, you have to be motivated, ambitious, but also flexible and you should not have a lack in social skills.

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  56. Mateja

    Hello!
    I am coming from endurance sport – triathlon and I can say that successful (tri)athlete is familiar with with four characeristics: passion, commitment, persistence and determination. The athlete sets up together with his/her supporting team a long term goal, splits it on intermediate aims and he/she is working to reach it on a daily basis. Sometimes things are not going by plans, that moment it is important that athlete is surrounded by realible team, which helps him/her to find the right direction.
    I can describe with similar words also entrepreneurs: a good entrepreneur is committed and dedicated to his business and he is working with passion. Every barrier on his way is a new challenge and when the challenge is too big for him, he can rely on his team.
    Mateja

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  57. Mateja

    Hello!
    I am coming from endurance sport – triathlon and I can say that successful (tri)athlete is familiar with with four characeristics: passion, commitment, persistence and determination. The athlete sets up together with his/her supporting team a long term goal, splits it on intermediate aims and he/she is working to reach it on a daily basis. Sometimes things are not going by plans, that moment it is important that athlete is surrounded by realible team, which helps him/her to find the right direction.
    I can describe with similar words also entrepreneurs: a good entrepreneur is committed and dedicated to his business and he is working with passion. Every barrier on his way is a new challenge and when the challenge is too big for him, he can rely on his team.

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  58. Vildana Imamovic

    In Bosnia and Herzegovina, women’s football is not very developed. In addition to the race for the development of women’s football, a struggle with prejudice and a struggle for equality is needed. Despite this, my club plays the qualifying UEFA Champions League. Strategy is never gives up on your dreams.

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  59. Kiss Roland

    Hi everyone!

    I think in the bussiness world if you are or you was an sportman/woman you can use some skills like endurance, ambition, hard work, concentration ect. It’s importand in the work.

    In sport life always have problema what you need to solve. In the work is the same and We who doing sports it’s easier becouse we day and day meet that problames. For example: in my sport (taekwondo) we alays fights and all fights is differant, we need to react the movemants and situations.

    We learn how to work in the team. All sport is a team work. There isn’t a sport where aren’t team work, like running they are alone in the field…. but in the trainings work whit a masseur, coach, phisical therapeut, mental trainer, they federation, doctors. That is the team work.

    We learn how we do friendships, international contacts that is easy becouse we do many trips we visit many countries and we meet other nationals and other cultures.ű

    I think we can use it that’s skills in the busuness world.

    Thanks your atention.
    Roland

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  60. Justina Kraujunaite

    First of all, manage to be in a team – one of the most important strength that a entrepreneur can have. I can bravely say, that i have this kind of strength, since I’m playing basketball – sport, where it’s all about the team.
    Secondly, I’m a playmaker in a team, so in a sense I know how to control and lead the team. This skill is also unquestionably important in business.
    One more thing, you need to have a short memory, if after mistake (small or big) negative thoughts stick they will have an impact on your performance – as athlete and as entrepreneur.
    And the last, but not the least, If you want to be successful, you have to believe in everything you do and work hard, no matter what others are saying.

    These 4 strengths/characteristics are the most important ones, which I have as athlete and which I could use as entrepreneur. If you ask me why 4? I would say: “My t-shirt number is 4, that’s why”. 🙂

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  61. gilbert

    It may sound obvious, but according to me the most important thing is to never give up. Like a famous American football coach tended to say, “winning isn’t everything- but wanting to win is”. In my opinion this attitude applies both to the world of sports and business. After a bad (fencing) match or tournament one could tend to mess everything up (routine, training, coach, etc.) and lose their self-esteem. Although I believe that it is important to always listen to your gut instincts, important decisions must not be made hasty and out of uncontrolled emotions. What I learned during my time as a professional fencer is to always let the emotions sink in and then try to evaluate, adapt and most importantly always trust in your own abilities and instincts. As most athletes I also experienced tension and flurry before tournaments from time to time. However, after years of practicing I learned that when it comes down to a tight match, I would get into a “flow” mode and would instinctively choose the right decision at that moment. I believe that this mindset could also apply for entrepreneurship: always try to be the best, but if you fail, evaluate and adapt, but always believe in yourself and try again.

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  62. Rozsnyai-Kovács Aletta

    Next to other qualities, dealing with stress and being able to concentrate on many different things at the same time, like school, training, work, relationships can make athletes successful later as enterpreneurs. Because knowing your limits and finding your own methods to take on a given situation with a healthy mindset is vital to achieving your goals.
    Sport is also considered a recreational pursuit which, in a nutshell, by creating a hormonal balance makes us feel more powerful, energized and confident.
    Having that kind of attitude, as well as practice, sometimes even at a young age does mean an advantage opposed to other people.

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  63. Göktuğ

    Football is the most complicated and hard sport branche in Turkey. I can say i grew up in the locker room. There is always chaos. Sometimes you win matches and you feel so happy and sometimes you lose and you feel too bad. Because of this it makes you strong person. You have to be calm when you face a hard situation.

    Athletes generally knows how to win. They have always aims and main target. It is so similar to plans and strategies. Athletes usually makes better their friends because they know they need a teamwork.

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  64. Rasa Baltienė

    I always say to my self, if you do like others – you will be like others. Do more, more passion, more work and you will be more than the others. Like we say, you can slip on tatami every time. But always check, who can still stand after 1000 throw down.
    Every time I work as a speaker, I courage my self to do something different.
    That helps me to improve myself.

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  65. Daša

    Every new step you take in your life has to have the right mindset! If you are really passionate about something you have to put all your focus into this. There are no shortcuts to the success and if you are or you were an athlete, chasing your dreams, than you know that you have to work your ass of to achieve your goals. Sport teaches us a discipline and time managing, especially in the early stages, when athlete is still engaged into schooling. All of this comes very useful at the end or maybe even during athlete’s career. In the interview Lewis Howes mentioned that athletes know how to gain wealth, but not also how to preserved it. It is known that a lot of successful athletes struggle with the end of their sport careers, and all of the sudden fall into a cycle of “what now”. I think it is very important on this point that you as an athlete don’t lose your focus. You have to find your strengths and passion and build the future career on that. Change the direction but never focus! I think that a lot of sportsman can become a great entrepreneurs because of all experiences they gain during sport career. You have to accept the right decisions that brings you closer to your goal, you don’t have a lot of time to moan about the mistakes (but instead you rather find a cause and work on improvements- again mindset) and in most cases a lot of people depend on your success (so you are kind of responsible for their success too).
    You have to find your passion in life and set the right purpose and than focus on the win.
    Daša

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    1. Jutta Pauschenwein (Post author)

      Yes, Daša. I agree: there are no shortcuts to success … such a pity!

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  66. Incze Krisztina

    Athletics can be very hard sometimes. But this sport teaches me a lot of things. For example, what happens if you lose or win, how hard do you have to work to be like a champion. Every day on the track, you have to strech your own limits in order to succeed. There are always ups and downs, but you can learn everytime. Winning is the best feeling in the world. Losing a competiton builds our character and help us to be better and better. Never give up and work hard for your dreams. It is not easy, but it is worth it.
    In my opinion, this winning and competitive mentality is also the key in business. And this is what I could use in an entrepreneurship. I have never been a part of a team, but I can adapt easily. I am not afraid to take the leading position to show them the right direction to success. You have to be a hard-working person. Always be patient, because success is not coming without work.

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    1. Jutta Pauschenwein (Post author)

      To be a hard-working person helps in life 🙂

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  67. Alberto Franceschi

    Raising the bar! I’m from high jump and as you can easily realize the phrase mentioned above is relevant in the field of individual sports, in life and in business world. Daily I’m trying to improve and athletics is teaching me the way of acting. A couples of skills are needed for achieving an outstanding performance but with passion, goal-oriented motivation and sacrifice you can reach unexpected results. Those skills are part as well of business and are driving me to new challenges. Especially in under pressure situations, we realized how to make smart and successful decisions.

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    1. Jutta Pauschenwein (Post author)

      high jump, wow! You really have to be excellent in focussing!

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  68. Alberto Brumana

    I started this course because in this period of my life I need to try new experiences, which may give me more opportunities for my future. Thanks to my career as an athlete, I learned several things which are really helpful in my daily life.
    This kind of skills are making the difference now and, in my opinion, could be useful in the world of business and in every kind of work. One of the best thing I learn from sports, is that you are never alone. There is always someone supporting you in trainings, in competitions or during the thick and thin. Your teammates are important, there is a strong connection with them. Another fundamental person is you coach. You should trusts him and learn from his advice. This kind of work requires that both sides collaborate in order to achieve the common goals.

    Moreover, I think that the ability to focus on what to do without distractions is really important. Plan your schedule and go through it one step at a time, is a mental skill that can be improved a lot being an athlete. You know that you have not everything under control and that difficulties could occur, you need to be resilient and flexible in order to change your plans and solve problems.
    Athletes know what pressure is, they experienced it in competitions several times, and they know
    how to cope with it. It is nice to appreciate, how we can transfer these kind of experiences in other situations. Concluding, athlete know how could be hard reach a goal; they know how many hours of practice it requires and they know that sometimes, things are not going as they hoped, but they still give their 100% of commitment because they know that hard work always pays off, maybe not with a gold medal but with experience and consciousness.

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    1. Jutta Pauschenwein (Post author)

      ALberto, you write that “One of the best thing I learn from sports, is that you are never alone” – I’m not sure if this is valid in doing a business as well. So you have to create your team or connect with others. Bye, Jutta

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    2. Orsolya Tolnay

      Dear Alberto,

      I agree with you in what you have written about focus, resilience and pressure. I have experienced how I could solve real life problems with the the way of thinking that I learnt through sport. Thanks for sharing!

      Kind regards,
      Orsolya

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  69. Bálint Szalánszki

    Football made me who I am today. There are always ups and downs. Winning is great but losing a game build our character and help us to be better and better every week as a player and a person. This is called a never ending learning process. When I was young I thought that everything comes easily. This was the first punch on my face and I had to realise that we have to fight for every little success in our life even if it is hard or dirty in the same time. I could say so beautiful sunsets need cloudy skies – this sentence describes this duality. We have to agree that 100% is not always enough to win a battle but it is essential that you could win the war. This kind of mentality what I grew up with and what formed my career and my personal life.

    I think this winning and competitive mentality is also the key in business. And this is what I could use and utilize in entrepreneurship. Working in a team was always part of my life so I am not afraid to take the leading position and to show others the best direction to be successful. I also think that good leading is not only based on words but actions.

    The most crucial thing what I learned through my knee injury in the last few months is PATIENCE. You have to be patient in yours sport and business career also to achieve all goals you set up. You have to learn to wait. Wait for the best moment and learn timing. I would like to end this with one of my favourite quote which goes well together with patience:

    Work in silence and shine later.

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    1. Jutta Pauschenwein (Post author)

      Yes, patience …. it’s not easy to be patient! Great, that you learn this in being an athlete, bye, Jutta

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  70. Aleksandras Baranovas

    Im boxer, already competing for 10 years. Now also working as a coach, but sill have desire to get more experience as an athlete, because i think that this could help me being a better coach or bussiness man. When your in boxing competition, standing in a ring you understand that your alone, and if you dont go forward and try everything you can, you will lose, and no matter how strong your opponent is, you need to give all 100% and dont think about results, and if you tried everything and you lost, thats ok, you need to try one more time, ofcourse, analyzing your weak places, working on them, and then try more and more, and the one who tries, always goes forward will get what he wants. I think that sports, gives you will, and in bussines its very important, because, to try new things, not to be afraid of trying, not to concentrate on victory or loss, but concentrate on giving everything you got and trying again and again. Ofcourse being and athlete teaches you how to comunicate with peoople, beacause you travel a lot, see people from all around a world, seeing that everyone are the same, and you can communicate and find something common with people from all around a world, to find positivity inside yourself and in them. I think that communication which you get from sports, is very usefull in buissness, because you will know how to find a way to talk and get deals with your partners, clients.
    Thats my opinion about how being and athlete, can help you to be a good businessman!
    PS. Sorry that im doing all tasks form week one in the last day.

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  71. Ryan Price

    There are many characteristics needed to be an athlete and there are also a lot of benefits to being athlete. I think one of the best things about being an athlete is that sports and directly correlate to real life in our day to day business and jobs. To be an athlete you have to willing, hard working, have perseverance and you need to be motivated.

    You have to be willing to put in and be a hard worker at a high intensity and often. You also need to have perseverance because we all know that not everything goes perfectly all the time, so you need to be able to control yourself through the highs and lows. You also need to motivated, because without a motivation as an athlete it makes it tough to work towards a goal.

    The benefit of being an athlete is, like I said, it teaches you a lot about life. All the characteristics I stated above directly correlate with our day to day lives. Whether we are athletes, entrepreneur’s, teachers or any profession we need to persevere, work hard and be willing and have that motivation to be the best we can be.

    There are many similarities between these characteristics of being an athlete and those of being an entrepreneur, especially starting out. Being a entrepreneur is not always going to be a walk in the park, you are going to have many highs and lows, bumps in the road from finances to organization. But as an entrepreneur we need to be motivated towards our goals. As a entrepreneur we need to be willing to put in lots of work and working hard often (everyday) so we can get the results you want. I think one of the most important things that athletes learn from their sport is learning how to deal with a issue or stressful situation in the heat of a moment. This is a very valuable skill that can come to much use in entrepreneurship.

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    1. Jutta Pauschenwein (Post author)

      I agree 🙂

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  72. András Mátics

    Hi Everybody!seing

    As a judoka, I usually learn a lot of usefull skills every day in the training place or the competitions, but I can learn about a loseing too. The sport teach me taht how I can work hard for my object or my teammeat. That is why I wouldlike to learn more about sport at University of physical education at Budapest. I interested in the busines things, so I learn to a sport managger, which containing this two thing, which I interested in. I practice ít my Club az Szekszárd as a coach and a managger, where I can learn a lot of usefull experience.

    Regard,
    András

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    1. Jutta Pauschenwein (Post author)

      Great that you already work as manager. So you can connect the content of the next MOOC weeks with your experience 🙂

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  73. Eva Bordas

    There are lot of similarities between sport carrier and business. It’s a lucky thing, because you don’t need to change your mind, but you can plan and act like before as a successful athlete.

    You must to plan your business goals same as you set up your goals in sport. Then you need a same systematic, planned work to get done, day by day, stage by stage, from small results to big volume results.
    As an athlete the professional and responsible manner can affect the working performance as well.

    Stress handling, flexibility, quick reaction – correct assess the situation – making proper decision. These are very important skill as an athlete and as well as an entrepreneur.
    As an athlete you learn how to win and how to lose. Ordinary people in life, in business, pays a lot to have this important skill.

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    1. Ryan Price

      I agree with you, especially your last comment. I think that as athletes, we learn how deal with the frustration of failure and how to turn that into success. I think that directly correlates with business because life is not perfect. Things are going to fail and not work out, but those that are really successful turn that failure into success.

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  74. Luca Laurenzano

    I also compete in Juto but on national level.
    As a Judoka you have to be very adaptive and adapt quickly to every situation you face off because that would mean winning or losing.
    Another thing I’ve learned from sports in general is that you are as strong as your major weakness, that would mean that you have to be prepared well all-around. Surely everybody as his strong and weak points but you have to train/prepare to be sufficient in every field of that sports/business
    Being Judo an individual sports you most likely be worrying about that on your own but in business you could rely on other people who are better in you in a specific field.

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    1. Jutta Pauschenwein (Post author)

      Ciao Luca, your statement “that you are as strong as your major weakness, that would mean that you have to be prepared well all-around” gives me food for thought. I’m asking myself if it is valid also for me in my job. I’m as strong as my major weakness … hmmm… have to think about it! Thanx

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  75. Norbert

    Hello everyone, it is very interesting to go through all the comments because on one side there are characteristics that almost every athletes has (and needs) and on the other side there are those specific strenghts that come from the various sport disciplines that one is doing.

    For example, I think every athlete is ambitious, knows not to give up, works hard, tries to improve, etc…, no matter what his or her sport is. But maybe it is different if you are a cyclist (like I am) or a sprinter – meaning that because of my sport I have a lot of endurance but a sprinter is probably more vigorous than me since too much waiting will ruin his time or ranking.
    Thus, I believe that you will also have to learn those characteristics that were not that important as an athlete but as an entrepreneur they are vital.

    Combining all of them – the ones that you bear in mind for years and the “new” ones – is the key of a successfull career as an entrepreneur because in business you need all of them: Fast decision-making, endurance when it comes to your first reach of the break-even point, etc.

    Sounds easy, but is hard work and takes time. Like in sports -> you work for the gold medal and you leave no stone unturned to achieve your goal. That is the benefit of being an athlete and your vision of the gold medal or your own business is, in my opinion, THE property in your first steps as an entrepreneur.

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  76. Attila Vándor

    Hello everybody!

    My nickname is Ati.

    I like do sports. I play football in a small, village team, so I ain’t a professional football player, but i Am a lover of a lot of sports. I like swimming, running, training.

    All of to these sports need a big strength, and the most hardliest part of also in the sport and also in the entrepreunership is the beginning. I have a big strength, I am ending the things what i started, and I am a good teamworker. This things are my properties to bulid a good buisness and with this attributes I can always stand up, when I falled down.

    The sport teach me everything, what I need to better live my weekdays and give me power, and help to be healthier. It gave and give me enough self-confidence to make a great and happy life for myself, and work-carrier.

    Thank you!

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  77. Alexander Payer

    Hello to everyone.

    It´s hard to say where are the commonalities between sport and entrepreneurship but i am sure there are a lot of.

    The Sport i am coming from isn´t a mainstream sport.
    So if you want to earn money with this sport you have to focus on what you can offer, because without Sponsors there is no Chance too.

    So what i can use from my Sport is

    –> Beeing flexibel
    –> Bringing with a good Timemanagment
    –> Beeing focused on what i have to do
    –> Present myself with a lot of Selfesteem
    –> Strike defficult Decisions and except the consequences

    All in all i would say that Athlets can become good entrepreneurs if they get skilled the right things. Sure we know how to sell us, our Sport and your Knowledge, but doing for example an enterpreneuship is one step more.
    So without learning it would be like doing an Competion without physical preperation.

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    1. Jutta Pauschenwein (Post author)

      Yeah, I realize now that life as athlete in a discipline which isn’t mainstream is challenging because there are not that many sponsors.

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  78. Kristóf Németh

    Hi everybody,

    My sport is the handball. This sport is just a hobby for me, but I think, I learned a lot of things through the sport, for example working in a team for our goals. I’m not the best player but I always try to get the best out of myself. I learned both to win and to lose, I think this is very important if you want to be an entrepreneur.
    A good team work is indispensable, one person will not redeem the world. My coach has always told the team: “one heart, one drumming, we can only win together”. You have to work with such people who are willing to stand by you and go along with you to the goal. With my teammates, we are good friends and help each other not only in the dressing room but also outside. If there is no consistency, you can do it for a short time, but in a long time there will not be a good end.
    The sport have taught me to never give up, and you always have to work for success if you do nothing for it, do not expect a miracle. If something fails, the easiest to give up and say does not go, but I think we must work. It is very important to be persistent and enthusiastic about what you are doing. One of my favourite handball player said: “Do not stop when you are tired, stop when you are done!” I agree with him.
    Hard and continuous working is necessary both in sport and in entrepreneurship.

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    1. Jutta Pauschenwein (Post author)

      yes, we all need to work hard but I like “one heart, one drumming” more than hard work 😉

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  79. Mark Makrai

    As the saying goes, life is like the sport. You can either win or learn. In my oponion my sport (football) is one of the best example for it. One day you are a hero, then you misplace five passes and they want to throw you out. You are always as good player as your performance was in your last match, and the beauty of this sport is that You have a chance on every given sunday to rise yourself up. Sport can also teach you,that you should never give up,because if you do,you’ve already lost. Giving up is the only sure way to fail. I should thank God for all of the skills that I got from this sport, which I can use in other parts of life.

    Despite of the fact that there are huge responsibilities on your shoulder, so during the game you have to solve a lot of problems alone,football is a teamsport as well, which means that u can easily make new friends. The final result of the game depends on more people,so you have to learn how to work in a team, and how to behave with other people. It also teaches you how to be a leader and how ro kanage your team.
    It is necessary to be a prepared entepreneur, and It can give you a reputation which is a key point also.

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    1. Jutta Pauschenwein (Post author)

      I like it: You can either win or learn!

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  80. Melanie

    I think that every athlete got some characteristics which also other athletes have.. But I also think that there is a difference between the different sports. In some sports or disciplines you learn, and need some different things than in others. So for my point of view it depends which sport it is -if it is in a team or you are alone, if there is a club or a federation supporting your way, if you have the possibility for support (financial) from your family or if you need to fight for everything. So these are just a few different ways how to look on. I can just speak from my experience. I am a skier – mogul skier. It is a really hard sport but as in every sport, there are sooo many things you can discover and learn from.

    As my sport is not so popular in Austria I had a really hard way to become who and where I am now.

    ° You need a goal to work on, to follow. Every day. Determination! Ambition!
    ° You need to organize a lot of things on your own. Timetable!
    ° You need to communicate, to get sponsors; to be in Media; tell what you think- grow with that. Communication!
    ° You need to have a look on the money you can use; where to go next; what’s up next. Organisation! Management!
    ° You need to life your dream. Focus! Passion!
    ° You need to stand up always once more then you fall down! Consequence!

    I think that athletes have a really good chance to become good entrepreneurs. There are a lot of similar thinkings then in the life back as an athlete. I thing we can have a successful business if we work the same way we did as an athlete- with the same Passion. Passion is always successful!

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    1. Jutta Pauschenwein (Post author)

      mogul skier – does this mean that you are skying on moguls? sorry never learned about mogul skiing

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      1. Melanie

        Hi Jutta- I know. not a lot of people know this sport.. even it is part of the Olympics.

        I am skiing on a course with bumps which is 200-250m long, almost same steepness from top to bottom. In the first and last part is a jump- on both jumps you need ro show different jumps! We do backflips, frontflips, 360, backflip with 1 or 2 full rotations… We get judges by a Jury. What counts is 60% Technique, 20% Time and 20% jumps. This togehter can be up to 100points – which would be perfect. Bit never did reach it till now, because already the smallest mistake takes points away.

        If you are interested to see how it looks I “can offer” you to have a look at my facebook fanpage:
        http://www.facebook.com/meilinger.melanie
        there you can see some videos from the last Trainingscamp in Zermatt!

        Thank you for your interest!

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        1. Jutta Pauschenwein (Post author)

          Ah, wow: skying on bumps and performing! Seems to be very challenging and you need to be ultra focused!

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  81. Bóres Bence

    Hi everyone!

    My sport is mountainbiking but I’m not a professional mountainbiker. I started this sport 10 years ago and I also tried a lot of extreme sports too. There are a lot of things that mountainbiking can teach you but in my opinion there are 2 things which are more important than the others. Patience and te motivation to never give up. In this sport if you want to learn a new trick or complete a really hard line you maybe need to practice for years so it gives you a lot of persistence. Of course every sport can be dangerous and you can easily get an injury but mountainbiking is evern more dangerous that the others and the percent of the injuries are much higher. If someone loves the sport he/she do one of the hardest thing is to rest (because of an injury) maybe for years before starting again so patience is really imporant. You also need these skills to be a good entrepreneur.

    As a mountainbiker I wanted a job besides school which is close to biking so my friend who works as a bicycle service guy get me a job where he works. So I became a service guy too and I’m doing it since 2015 when i have time. This is the most enjoyable job I ever had and there are also a many good opportunities in it. First of all I know a lot of people from other shops so it is easy to switch. Moreover I know how the wholesales work and i have good connections with them and it can be really useful if I want to open a bike shop someday or just find some sponsors for an event.

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    1. Jutta Pauschenwein (Post author)

      … why do you need patience as mountain biker? Didn’t imagine this 😉 Great that you already have experience in working in a bike shop.

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  82. Jakob Raišp

    Hello,

    The question what connects sports and entrepreneurship? That’s a rather big question, because those two have so much in common, that it is impossible to pick out just a few things.

    I think that both athlete and entrepreneur must be mentally strong and very, I mean extremely, passionate about the thing they want to achieve. Since in both, sport and business, there are a lot of ups and downs. If we are not passionate and mentally strong, those small defeats can bring us down, but If we look at each setback as an opportunity to evaluate our work and develop from it, that becomes a whole new story. Only like this, we can grow and move forward towards achieving our goal.

    We must also be ready to work on our failures and shortcomings, but firstly we need to be OPEN MINDED and see those weaknesses, or at least be ready to take on some constructive criticism. We always look at ourselves through our eyes and a lot of times we cannot or do not want to see our disadvantages. But only if we realize and admit our weaknesses, we can work on them and get better. We need to do that in our personal life, sports, business and in every other area in our lives, if we want to improve and strive for greatness.

    We must not forget about team work, communication and commitment to our goal. Everywhere you work, even in individual sports, you have a team working for you or with you and if you want this team to achieve something, all three components must work (and of course a lot of other things). Firstly, you need a group goal that all agree on, after that you need good communication on how to get there, and lastly you need a strong commitment from team for this to work. We have all seen some incredible stories in sports, when a big underdog wins a championship. The newest one is Slovenia on European Basketball championship, this is a perfect example what a team can do with hard work, commitment, passion, and belief that they can make it. And I strongly believe that this is also a KEY to success in business.

    So to summarize what connects athletes and entrepreneurs is: passion, mental strength, open mind, team work, commitment, communication and a lot of other values.

    Thank you

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    1. Jutta Pauschenwein (Post author)

      I like the combination of being strong and open minded 🙂

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  83. Gergely Heinrich

    Hello everybody!

    My sport is football. Obviously, I’m not even close to the best players in the world, but every single training or match, I try to give my maximum. I find myself a good teamworker, who has amitions and endurance and to be a member of a sport team can be useful in the future to work in a team as an enterpreneur.
    My opinion of parallels between being a sportman and being an enterpreneur:
    – first you have to realize that you won’ achieveanything easily, without hard work
    – know that good thing things take time (sometimes more than you’ve expected)
    – you have to be ambitious and know exactly what you want
    – time schedule
    – always practicing and focusing on one thing
    – when something goes wrong, it’s easy to find mistakes in others, but it’ll not lead to solution.. you have to fix YOUR mistakes

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  84. Raimonda

    Hi, everybody!
    I am horse rider. Also I am not only rider, but also and horse owner. So, I have all responsibility about my team – people, who helps me and horses.
    Equestrian sport is very special sport, as you are acting not alone. You always have a partner with his own emotions, pains, reflections. So, at first, when you I am athlet, I am entrepreneur. That mean, that at first have to all duties due to my horses would be trained in the best way. It is long and hard taking process to understand what exactly is needed to take best results at competitions.
    In this sport I am already for 20 years. There was a lot of falls down, not succesfull competitions, tears etc., but after every unsuccses you just have to mobile yourself, because rider’s feelings and emotions is just one side of the medal. We have partners – horses, this is the main goal of every succes and unsuccess. So, of course, it is hard to make some dessitions, but you are responsible for all the team. For people and animals, and you can not ignor or be selfish. You have to carry out about all of them. This is the most important. And carring out is nor only feelings or emotions, this is also finansial side. You have to earn money to feed horses everyday, to make them all daily practise, included veterinarians, massage specialists, special food, farrier and etc.
    So, I think, in our sport you became responsible before you are athlet.

    Because, horse without a rider is still a horse, but rider without a horse is just a human… 😉

    Raimonda

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    1. Jutta Pauschenwein (Post author)

      A horse rider, wow – and yes, this case is different from other sports 🙂

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    2. Melanie

      Hi Raimonda!

      I just did read your words.. Really interesting. I think it is even harder to work together with animals. In the most sports you are “just” an athlete- your own responsibility, your own mistakes.. or what ever. But I think to work together with animals has two sides. I think that humans also can learn a lot from animals and the work with them- but like you already said. In a sport like horse riding, there is also a lot of responsibility on the horse, which sometimes can react different than we humans “expect” or wish in a competition. I think animals may don’t think the same like we humans do about loosing, falling down, not reaching their goals or even better being successful. I never saw a horse being angry on itself, crying or being sad. I think they still always try do to the best every day they can. I think we humans can still learn a lot from animals and the work with them. I am from a small farm and I always liked to be with the animals, look at them and just spend time. But I never really worked with them in sport- so I think this is even more special then “just” being an athlete.

      I really like to get an overview about different athletes and their thinking. Thx for sharing!

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      1. Jutta Pauschenwein (Post author)

        I like all the different perspectives too 🙂

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        1. Raimonda

          Dear Jutta,
          You shoul try horse riding! Ir is really funny! 😉

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          1. Jutta Pauschenwein (Post author)

            .. I’m afraid of horses …probably … but thanx for the suggestion, it makes me laugh.

      2. Raimonda

        Hi, Melanie,
        yes, you are absolutely right – horse rider is not only an athlet. At the same time to must be psichologist, veterinarian, farrier, coach, logistic specialist, manager etc. You have to be able to to take care about your animal, and only after that to be an athlet. Before that, uou must be succesfull entrepreneur. Everything costs. Equestrian sport is very expensive sport. So, if you ate not good manager or entrepreneur, there will be no high level sport.

        Thank you for understanding!

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  85. Simone Fumero

    Considering that I’m a sportsman and not an entrepreneur, I think that sportsmen and entrepreneurs have a lot of common features. I as an athlete I always practice sport with constancy and passion, which are two characteristics that every entreprenuer should have, because if you do not have the constancy you can not carry on a business, and when you have the passion is easier to give constancy to what you do. It is also fundamental to be ambitious and set a goal, reach it, and set another bigger goal again. Another important aspect in sports as in bussines is team play, and I think all of these features together with intuition and desire to get involved are the basis for building something important in the business world.

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    1. Jutta Pauschenwein (Post author)

      constancy and passion (I like this word) are certainly very useful for entrepreneurs!

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  86. Viktoria

    I tried to figure out characteristics about myself as an athlete as well as required characteristics for being an athlete. Furthermore I reflected and analyzed which ones could be useful for being an entrepreneur.
    > First, I think you just can achieve top level if you’re a team player. I am emphatic and a good listener to my mates. As a captain of my team I see my role in leading my team on and off the team. This characteristics could be useful as an entrepreneur. I see my strengths therefore in leading and structuring a team, working with people and helping them.
    > I am used to work professional and goal/achievement orientated. I think this is one premise for both being a successful athlete and entrepreneur. Furthermore athletes are basically willed for taking risks. This could be an important property in the first steps as an entrepreneur. Just the ones who have well known goals, work hard for it and who have the courage to take risks, will be the top ones in my opinion.
    > as someone already mentioned, there is the importance of the 3D method. In my opinion it needs dedication, determination and discipline for something great. I think if you don’t leave your comfort zone it will be hard to be successful – no matter if you’re an athlete or an entrepreneur.
    > As an athlete I am used to handle pressure. Both of the coach, the club and the media. I like the quote of Ibrahimovic, one of the best soccer players: “pressure is like medicine. take it to get better”. I recognized for myself that the hardest and most challenging games and tasks where the one which made me grow most. And this experience can be useful for my future – maybe as an entrepreneur.
    > Additional to that I have already had many bad injuries. But it was my perseverance which helped me to come back always again and fight back again. So I am able to handle setbacks and to come back. This can be one important learning, which can be helpful.

    Bye, Viki

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    1. Natasa Sfiri

      I like your list!

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  87. Justinas

    Reflect what characteristics you need in being an athlete or doing sports. What is it that helps you to practice a lot, to get up after falling down? What is your benefit of being an athlete? Connect the characteristics you found with your ideas about being an entrepreneur. Which properties will help you in your first steps as entrepreneur?
    In my sport most important characteristics are : patience, cold mind , good time planning, stamina and of course be smart a little bit 🙂
    For me always helps to stand up again my goals! They always push me forward.
    My benefit of being an athlete is that I know how to win and be good. I hope that will help me in future not only in sport. In my point of view good entrepreneur have similar skills like an athlete. We can see many good examples in videos and not only there.
    Of course the transition is not easy for athletes to become entrepreneur. But we all athletes know how fight for our goals.
    I think patience will help me in a future to become a good entrepreneur. Because for good things we need time. 🙂

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    1. Viktoria

      I like your last sentence! 🙂
      And I totally agree.

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    2. Jutta Pauschenwein (Post author)

      patience and reflection – that’s useful and as Viki I like the last sentence as well 🙂

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  88. Amela

    As a long distance runner I think endurance and patience play an important role in that field. After that : focus, ability to stick to long term goals, perservance, passion, flexibility . But the most important of all is GRIT! I think that all of these characteristics are necessary for both : sports and enterpreneurship.

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    1. Jutta Pauschenwein (Post author)

      Didn’t know the word grit – and yes, I agree that grit is useful 🙂

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    2. Norbert

      That’s true, especially in a sport like you do because just a few people in the world are already on their top by turning 25 years or so. For the majortiy the best age for lifetime records in an endurance sport is above 30 years and that, of course, only if you keep on training up to this age. Same as an entrepreneur – it takes time and you cannot afford to leave out anything in this progress.

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  89. Ina

    I found following similar characteristics between athletes and entrepreneurs:
    • You have to work hard for your goals. Endurance and ambition is important.
    • When you accept defeat, you have to stand up again and motivate yourself.
    • You have to deal with pressure and stressful situations.
    • You have to believe in yourself.
    Sometimes that’s not so easy how it sounds, because there are many people who don’t believe in you. So you should watch out, that you are surrounded by people who think positive and motivate you.

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    1. Jutta Pauschenwein (Post author)

      I like your special tip, Ina : find people who are positive 🙂

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  90. Nikolaus

    In my point of view successful athletes and entrepreneurs often have many characteristics in common.
    Firstly most of the athletes do their sport with passion. In my opinion, it is nearly impossible to perform the same sports discipline every single day and work for hours, weeks and years without passion. I admit that it is not possible to enjoy every single second of your training, sometimes you hate your sport more than anything else. But do what you love and the chance to succeed is high!
    That brings me to the second point. It is necessary to know what goals you want to achieve in your sport and why you are performing it. I have never met an athlete who doesn’t know what he’s going for. To achieve their goals, athletes need to be disciplined, openminded and risky enough to try new things and they should always work on themselves to improve. I am persuaded that these characteristics are important for an entrepreneur as well.

    Athletes are definitely Team- Players. If you’re not a Team-Player you can’t gain as much as when you work, train and communicate with other athletes. For this I am sure! That means the social part is an important one, the more people you work with the more you will learn and the better you will be at sports. There is always a benefit in working with other people. An entrepreneur needs social contacts too, you should surround yourself with the right people to develop your company.

    The last point I want to write about is the characteristic of learning from your own mistakes. Every athlete knows the feeling of being down and disappointed. But a successful athlete does not give up on his or her whole career, if an unfortunate event occurs. Sports teaches you to reflect. For example, if the methods used in training where not the best, you will have to change them in order to come back stronger.

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    1. Jutta Pauschenwein (Post author)

      have passion, be a team-player, learn from mistakes – yes, I agree that this is important for entrepreneurs!

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    2. Melanie

      I really agree with your words.
      Passion is the most important thing in our life! Doesn’t matter if in sport or at work. Everything you live with passion you do with pleasure. It helps you to come over these moments when you hate everything and you questioning everything.

      To have the right team around is also really important- there is always something you can learn from others and they surly also learn from you.

      From mistakes you just can become stronger, may they happen one or two times again, but for sure there is always a difference but in life we will never stop learning. After every rain comes the sun again!

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    3. Norbert

      Great lines, Niko! Concerning your last sentence where you mentioned “methods used in training”: I believe that is not just the characteristics that you bear in mind as an athlete which will help you in the business world but also training or teaching methods on how to achieve goals or how to improve a situation that did not work out like it used to do. Sometimes you do not only need specific characteristics – it is also important to know HOW to use them that they are as effectively as possible.

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  91. Julia Mauler

    Hi all,
    my strengths in my sports are physical my force, speed, and game reading skills. Furthermore, the mental part, like leading the other players strategy, forming a team spirit or motivating my teammates for reaching out for bigger things.
    Compared to business, I guess a good team spirit and a will/strength to survive for achieving goals is necessary as well. For gaining in speed or force it takes time and training, in sports as in business. Important is also having a good atmosphere between the team mates or the working colleagues; you work better, if you feel better.
    Important characteristics are having a common rhythm, good working /training surroundings, an easy way of transport, no/ less worries about money and health conditions. Furthermore, it´s helpful after having a bad day or troubles to reflect about it and discuss the problem with a person who understands, like a coach, or a friend aso.
    The most important propertie will be, I guess a stable life and a good rhythm. An Evaluation after a bad experience is always good to grow.
    Cheers, J

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    1. Jutta Pauschenwein (Post author)

      Interesting insights – I’m in the field of education and I believe reflection and evaluation after a bad exam are key. But … probably my students laugh at me if I speak about a stable life and a good rhythm 🙂

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  92. Carina

    There is quote that corresponds exactly with my mindset concerning characteristics you need to have to be successful in life. It’s the Japanese proverb “Fall down seven times, get up eight”. So no matter how often you get punched down or experience setbacks, the most important thing is not to give up and continue working hard.
    Strongly connected with this principle is to stay optimistic about the future. An example in sports where these characteristics are challenged is in case of injuries. You need to be willing to continue even after you have experienced failure also in business, as 75% of all start-ups fail (Harvard Study 2004-2010)!
    Hence, what is needed is a lot of dedication and stamina – no matter if you’re an athlete, an entrepreneur or both.

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    1. Jutta Pauschenwein (Post author)

      I like the Japanese proverb, didn’t know it!

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    2. Julia Mauler

      Hi Carina,
      that`s true as in sports or in buisness a great will to fight and accept setbacks is really important.

      J

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      1. Carina

        Thank you for your comment!
        And I think that this applies to any other parts in life as well. Everyone has to deal with difficulties or setbacks but as long as you keep fighting there will be “light at the end of the tunnel”.

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  93. Monika Ivanauskaitė

    Only one think you must to do – improve your self! Every fight, everyday, every minute, everywhere, just improve that you can do anything!

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    1. Jutta Pauschenwein (Post author)

      Very precise, Monika – and very challenging. I’m happy if I improve myself once a week! Therefore I’m no athlete …;)

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  94. Teőke Ágoston

    In my opinion as an athlete you need to have a few core value to achieve your goals. I think the most essential is to have stamina to carry on when things are difficult and unfortunate. But besides stamina it is important to have good problem solving skills, being proactive and able to cope with the bad times. You need to have the ability to analyse your situation and after that make the action. Because without a plan or goal you can easily get off the track. In my sport (running) partners are very important to becoming better and it’s the same in business.

    In business the most important skills are necessary to have: stamina, creativity, passion, decided, having good problem solving skills, being a good team and time managger, and know people really well.

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    1. Jutta Pauschenwein (Post author)

      Stamina is a great expression, thanx 🙂

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  95. Jonathan

    First and famous we need to understand the two basic meaning of sports and entrepreneurship when someone is a sportsman or sportswoman he or she loves what they are doing and they choose to make a career out of it. And for entrepreneurship i simply understand its a process which we can actively set up a business or businesses on a scale of taking on financial risk in the hope of making profit. When we discussing sports entrepreneurship it gives us the right frame of mind to understand the basic tools which we can use in executing the right task in accomplishing our desire goals. be it small scale business or well profit organisation so by connecting sports and entrepreneurship has to do with channeling the appropriate task given to us to achieve the ultimate goals. So for me it always the never die atitude and never give up too soon because its help in bringing the best in me as an ex football player i always apply my 3D method DISCIPLINE,DETERMINATION,AND DEDICATION

    Its ginger me up even when everything is not going me way.And i always give the youth the same advise.

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    1. Jutta Pauschenwein (Post author)

      discipline, determination and dedication – a useful attitude … and a hard life …

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    2. Viktoria

      I like your 3D method and attitude. I totally agree with you 👌

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  96. Anna

    I think what you need in being an athlete or doing sports is endurance, tolerance, broad-mindedness, observance, receptivity, certitude, peace-in-mind and so on. One of the foundations of an athlete is physical strength, the making of your physical body which suits the characteristics of a specific sport.
    It might be obvious, but focusing on the present and stress-free mind help a lot to practice. After a fall, you just need to turn the page quick, because it happened, and again focus on the current situation which could take you to the next step.

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    1. Jutta Pauschenwein (Post author)

      Peace-in-mind and a stress-free mind – that’s hard to achieve and very useful 🙂

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    2. Julia Mauler

      Hi Anna,
      I share your thoughts about skipping the page after a setback. My coach always told me, if you think too long about what you made wrong you`ve already lost.

      J

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    3. Norbert

      I agree with you, Anna. When I was an athlete I checked my shape very often through training competitions, performance tests, etc. to make sure that I do not go the wrong way. That consistend checking process is also important when running your own business, especially at the beginning! It does not prevent you from falling down but the consequences might not be that big and it makes it easier to “turn the pages” and restart this (failed) chapter.

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  97. Vilma

    As an athlete i learned one thing in particular i want to share – know your opponent but most important know yourself as you can be the worst enemy for yourself.
    You not only have to know your opponents strenghts and weeknesses, but also evaluate yourself.
    In a fencing bout it is important to take an action at the right moment. For doing this it is better to control the situation, to control your opponent. For this you have to plan few steps ahead, you have to think strategically. And of course you have to take action! After the bout again you have to analyse the opponent and yourself- learn from the bout.
    Same rules goes also for business- analyse, evaluate, take action and learn from the experience! And know both long term goals and short term goals.

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    1. Jutta Pauschenwein (Post author)

      Yes, in business it’ important to understand your opponent … and it’s very hard as well. Maybe this is easier in sports??

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      1. Vilma

        I would say that unless the opponent honestly reveals to you all his secrects it is not so easy to understand him at once both in sport and business. You need to put a lot of efforts to find the answer.

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  98. Gotti Eisenberger

    I believe former/current Athletes make great employees/entrepreneurs because of 5 reasons!
    1.) They are resilient!
    Athletes fail many times during their career and always get back up to try again and be better. Athletes don’t want to let down a Teammate, or Coach or a Friend and that is a great skill to have in the world of Business.
    2.) They are strong communicators
    Most athletes learned how to communicate their feelings with coaches and other teammates. They also have lots of experience in receiving and giving feedback.
    In the Business world, constructive criticism is becoming a lost art, that is why athletes, who are used to giving and receiving harsh feedback are a great fit for any job.
    3.) They are achievement oriented
    Athletes have been winning and losing their entire life. But they have always had goals in mind and know what it takes to reach those goals. They know how to eliminate factors and influences that stop them from achieving those goals
    4.) They are team oriented
    The ability to work together with other people and to strive for a common goal is something very difficult to learn! However, athletes have lots of experience in this because of great team spirits. They know and understand their role on a team and are also comfortable with taking the lead.
    5.) They manage time well
    Athletes have a great feel for the time. They are always on time and they know how to manage their time! Later, in the Business life, there can be a lot of different things that require time and it is not always easy to juggle all of them. Athletes know how to organize time and manage time.
    In my opinion, all these skills will help a former Athlete become a great Entrepreneur.

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    1. Jutta Pauschenwein (Post author)

      Interesting, I didn’t think that athletes have to be strong communicators – but you’ve convinced me 🙂

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  99. Emmitt Lehman

    Characteristics that you need to have as an athlete are some type of motivation (internal or external), dedication, hard work ethic, adaptability, competitiveness, discipline, and focused. Wanting to be better, faster, stronger is what keeps me getting back up after being knocked down. I also want to push myself to my limits not only for self-improvement, to be a leader and show my teammates that if I can do it anyone can, and to do whatever it takes to help my team compete at the best level we can.
    The benefit of being an athlete to me is playing the game I love, having fun, creating connections, learning many methods that I could use to teach others down the road, and becoming a leader/captain that everyone looks to for advice/help.

    I think that most of the characteristics that describe an athlete can also describe an entrepreneur. I think that the most important characteristics that will help me with my first steps as an entrepreneur are motivation, adaptiveness, and focus. These three would be most important to me because without any goal/motivation in mind nothing is worth doing. There has to be a reason you begin to do something. I have to be able to change on a daily basis and constantly increase my knowledge in a variety of different fields. Lastly, if I want to achieve my goals I mustn’t have any distractions; I need to be all-in.

    For example, with me wanting to be a personal trainer and a potential gym owner, my motivation is to build an army of clients, pick up a few sponsorships along the way and own my own gym. To do this, I need to first be flexible with my schedule and adapt my lifestyle to what works for my clients and when they can train. Once I’ve established this is can then begin to note when I have free time and utilize this towards my goals. I must give my undivided attention to my clients when I’m with them so they can get the best progress possible. While I’m doing this I am selling myself because if my clients recognize my dedication to them and so does my fitness director, word gets around and I receive promotions, more clientele, and steps closer to what my true goal is.

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    1. Jutta Pauschenwein (Post author)

      Yes Emmitt, adaptiveness is important as well 🙂

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  100. Markus

    When i compare a tennis player and a business man, who are standing at the beginning of their career, i think there is not so much difference. When you are a tennis player between 16 and 20 years old, or maybe younger, you have not a lot of money. Maybe you have good sponsor or your parents help you. So you must check, how many money i have, which tournament can i play, which is not to difficult to win prize money, what are the costs from the hotel, do i need a support from my coach, who also get money for this journey, And then you will play a tournament in Africa, where are really dangerous zone. So you must need a good plan. You are still alone. What i want to say, a business man or to become self employed, need a good idea, support from the background like family, friends or an idol. The beginning is tough and risky.
    ciao

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    1. Jutta Pauschenwein (Post author)

      ciao Markus, probably athletes are younger than people starting a business? What do you mean?

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      1. Ina

        Yeah, i think athletes are in common younger than entrepreneurs. But the way to get an successful athlete ist similar to the way of an entrepreneur. At the beginning you have to choose or to focus on one sport, because you can’t be good everywhere. When you want to get an entrepreneur you must have innovative ideas and than you also have to decide between opportunities. After your decisions you have to work hard – as Lewis Howes mentioned in his video. He told that he wasn’t really talented and never the best and fastest athlete. But he always worked really hard for his goals. That was how he found his way to win and to be successful in sport and business.

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        1. Jutta Pauschenwein (Post author)

          🙂

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      2. Markus

        hi Jutta, i mean not really the age, it was an example. I think you starting always alone. So it is good to have a support. If you plan a tournament season with your coach, where you must have a look which hotel or flight is cheaper. So you learn early to plan, and this is what you also you need when you starting as a entrepeneur.

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        1. Jutta Pauschenwein (Post author)

          I’m sure planning competences are important in both cases

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  101. Lukas Schubert

    A good business person requires many skills. One I want to mention is experience. From my days as a young professional football player to the senior player I am now it was a long way. Ten years in the game and I made so many mistakes, on and off the field. The key is to be honest with yourself. React in a positive way, to everything that comes your way.
    The benefits of being a professional athlete are the love from the fans when you perform well, the moments you enjoy with your family after a victory.
    Athletes are blessed with a talent so their hobby can be their profession. Many ordinary people think this should be enough to be motivated for training every day, but that’s not true. Athletes have feelings and problems.

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    1. Markus

      Thats true, Lukas. I think experience is one of the important skills what you need in this case. I starting my career as a coach in 2015 and it was more difficult to work with clients than now in 2017. Now i know that every person in tennis is so indiviual. Everyone has another skills, anyone need another skills to improve. So i also learned a much from other coaches, which mention they have.

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      1. Jutta Pauschenwein (Post author)

        🙂

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    2. Jutta Pauschenwein (Post author)

      Hi, I agree “to be honest” is very important – and not easy at all 🙂

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  102. Philipp

    In my career as a football (soccer) player I learned many positive things for life. Everyday you have do fight for your shirt to be in the first team and not on the bench. My strengths as a sportsman are definitely to give my best for the team in good and bad situation, talking with the teammates if somebody need tips or what he can do better in the different situation in game, to go forward as a paragon and I try do be always positive and see things with clear mind. I often had situation where I was on the ground and I just fall and fall and fall but til today I never gave up just because I love this sport so much! I think as a entrepreneur it is also one of the most importantly things to do a business what you love. This emotions what you can have on the pitch with your mates are just unique and incredible. As a entrepreneur for me it should be similar if you reach a goal or land a good job.
    In the last years I had the honor to play with very good players all over the world together and learned from them. A big benefit in my sport is that you can connect with them and also to win new friends for live.
    As an entrepreneur you should have a perfect vision what you will do and how. An entrepreneur for me means also that you have to lead a group of motivated people and they should believe in your vision and goals.

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    1. Jutta Pauschenwein (Post author)

      Philipp, you write, that you never gave up …a friend of mine is an entrepreneur since many years in which he struggled a lot. And: he never gave up 🙂

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  103. Tom

    for succes in sport the most important thing´s are physical condition, environment and will. when you know your strengths you can use them for every situation in your life. for example endurance: when you have a hard soccer training, you don´t think about because you do what you love. but if you know about your strength, endurance and it is in your awareness, you can use endurance in every situation. so get your strengths in your awareness.

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    1. Jutta Pauschenwein (Post author)

      Hi Tom, what do you mean with environment in this context? Bye, Jutta

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      1. Tom

        Hi Jutta,

        work with people who believes in you and your idea. People which are looking for a solution.

        LG Tom

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        1. Jutta Pauschenwein (Post author)

          ah, thanx!

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  104. Jakub Maly

    Over the many years as in competitive sports, I acquired many important core values that can be directly translated into my professional career.
    Through putting my personal goals always on the first place and trying to do everything in my power to achieve them, I learned determination. The journey to success is everything but easy and goes through many obstacles. Determination is a useful skill to have when the days get little harder or things don’t go exactly the way you expected.
    Swimming on a college team for four years, I learned to have empathy for my teammates, peers, coaches, and my fellow competitors. I realized that competing is primarily about challenging each other and trying to make each other better. I like to use the phrase “compete with” instead of “compete against” because at the end of the day, that is what sport is about. In my professional career as a coach, empathy is a very useful skill to have while interacting with your athletes, their parents, and other coaches.
    Empathy goes alongside with another core value that I learned through sports- respect. I learned to respect my teammates, my coaches, and my fellow competitors. The professional world is not any different. You may try to produce a better product, or beat your rivals, but at the end of the day, you need to respect them and their work because you never know when may need their help or support.
    In both sports and professional career, things won’t go your way and you will face adversity. A crucial skill is to learn how to overcome adversity. You will face factors that you cannot change but have to deal with. The most important thing is to not get hung up on things. Focus on things that are withing your control and try to improve them. Don’t waste time on things you cannot control or change.
    Furthermore, as a captain o my team, I learned about leadership. I realized that leadership is primarily about leading by example and trying to make people around you better. In a professional career, this is probably one of the most important skills. You don’t receive any recognition or respect by commanding and dictating others. Instead, leading by example and readiness to help others makes you a great leader.

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    1. Natasa Sfiri

      Hi Jakub!
      It is very interesting to read that you place respect and empathy alongside determination, overcomeing adversities and leadership. These values make you a better person everyday and will definetly help you in all aspects of your life, and as you say in business as well.

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  105. Marco Freda

    I am a football player. Be an athlete means to have skills and experience that others do not have. Sport makes you grow faster and helps building a stronger character. As a matter of fact, athlete’s features are: determination, perseverance, availability, care of detail, and capability to endure sacrifices. Determination is among the above mentioned features, the quality that makes an athlete keeping on with his training during negative periods when expected results are not obtained or when injuries occur.
    Besides, being part of a group like in team sports, an athlete learns how to behave in a group, how to approach the others and share responsibilities. He may also learn how to be a good leader.
    In a work prospect, a good athlete is also a good manager of himself. He can manage his own career in order to obtain the maximum financial result: as said, determination, care of detail, seriousness and professionalism are the essentials qualities that contribute promoting the image in front of the public. In my opinion, there are two kinds of benefits in the athletes’ favor: one is about finance and fame, the other is emotional and concerns the individual sphere.
    Should I see myself as an entrepreneur, I would think of a project to be realized either individually (as a teacher/ coach) or jointly with a group of people ( a soccer team) where all the players have a common target, that is to reach results in exchange of a prize (usually, an amount of money). I am convinced that an athlete better knows how important are determination and a strong will allowing to carry out all the steps necessary to achieve the target.

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    1. Jutta Pauschenwein (Post author)

      Hi Marco, I agree that an entrepreneur has to be a good manager of himself (or herself). …. and probably today everybody has to be a good manager 😉 bye Jutta

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  106. Lisa

    To me, personally, to be an athlete means to be driven by love for what you do and to overcome fear. As it means to not only believe in yourself but to know that you are on the right path and on the right place. Though the most important to me is to know about the illusion of failure.

    Everybody encounters in his or her life times when they will be challenged, will have a hard time, will stand in front of an obstacle which seems to be unbreachable, or will have the feeling that the world is ending. In an athletes life these times seem to be more recurrent, as we are stepping out of our comfort zone day by day to improve and sometimes we also go too far. Then we fail and even our world might shiver, but getting up again makes the difference. To reflect, to learn, to let the past go and to move on is the key and I think that every one of us, had to go through this steps already, but the more often you have to go through failure, the more you learn about yourself and the better you deal with it. The knowledge that a time of failure will surely come again enables anticipation, to observe and to act even beforehand to prevent mistakes to happen again, especially in similar situations. You also develop flexibility and a feeling for yourself and your environment.

    To be an entrepreneur means to me the same. You follow with love and with strong believe your path and you battle fear, especially the fear of failure. And when you know that failure will happen for sure on your path and just enables you to learn, you will start to be able to stand out, though you will have to fight this battle every time again. But “practice makes perfect”.

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    1. Jutta Pauschenwein (Post author)

      Yeah Lisa, the love factor is a strong one. Nice that you mentioned it 🙂

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    2. Emmitt Lehman

      Yes! Lisa, I completely agree with you that you have to love what you do because once you do its no longer considered a “job”. I like that you mentioned fear and failure as well. Most people are afraid to fail so they don’t step out of their boundaries, but the only way to get better and learn from your mistakes is to fail!

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  107. Paula Schmidl

    I am a professional fencer and what I learned from my sport is , standing vis-à-vis to your opponent, you first have to “read” your opponent , realize the best opportunity to take the action and then make your decision without hesitation in order to win.
    When it comes to tight matches you still have to stay focused all the time and must not overlook any opportunity to score. Sometimes one has to be very risk taking, but as it is in business you have to be the one to take the chance to score before others take the opportunity. Even though you will commit errors from time to time, it is extremely important to be back on track and learn from every mistake, because that´s the best way to improve – in both, sports and entrepreneurship.
    Moreover, I have experienced the importance of hard work and persistence if you want to reach a goal. Whether it´s a medal at an important competition or a successful business plan you need to put everything into it and have the self control to prioritize the work that has to be done in order to accomplish your objective – although your leisure time will probably be affected by it.
    What´s more athletes and businessmen have to have a team spirit and be open minded. Some people might think that entrepreneurs and athletes who do an individual sport are lone fighters, but from my point of view it´s always necessary to have people around you that support you and therefore you will also have to contribute to your teammates. No matter if it is your family, work colleagues, business partners or team mates.
    Finally, I would like to mention that your self esteem will rise by doing sports and maybe that´s one of the most important characteristic of a successful entrepreneur, because if you don´t believe in your strenghts and plans, why should others do?

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    1. Natasa Sfiri

      To believe in yourself and have team spirit, I like these two characteristics Paula :-). I find them very important to invest in all of our lives.

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    2. Vilma

      Very interesting to read! Despite diferent countries the ideas that you get from sport are very similar! I totaly agree to everything you wrote:)

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  108. Žiga Papež

    My opinion. To be a professional athlete for sure you need a perfect combination of next characteristics: a big self-confidence, you nedd to be stubborn, self-control, need to set big goals (short and ling term goals), need to have vision just infront of your eyes, good athletes are also good at communication and making good connections with other people.

    That kind of characteristics really helped me to be a proffessional tennis player, and of course helps me now when I am managing my entrepreneur career. My opinion is that, that all characteristics that I mentined before count in doing business. It depends on the person, some of people are better in that some in other characteristics, everyone is unique. You just need to find right balance and try to take advantage of privilege that we were good athletes and that we have tougher mindset. That helps for sure in business!

    Thanks and enjoy guys

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    1. Jutta Pauschenwein (Post author)

      All the best to ‘stubborn’ people 🙂 Have a nice Sunday, Jutta

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  109. Marc

    Both, athletes and business people act in a highly competitive environment. No wonder, that similar characteristics are required to succeed. A lot of companies are looking for former elite athletes, because they are longing for personnel with extraordinary qualities. In the meantime, being an elite athlete is a recognized key feature in the labour market and in entrepreneurship. But which characteristics make the difference? Here are my most favourite examples:

    “Failure is not an option” – athletes learn quite early to plan and prepare for a competition, they are focused and they perform best when it is needed most. The boundless will to win is a significant difference.
    “An eye for opportunities” – business and sport is all about opportunities. Winning a match means realizing an opportunity, spotting a unique chance and turning the moment in your favour. Also, entrepreneurs need this ability and athletes already know, how important it is to identify and exploit opportunities – because there may not be a second chance.
    “Obsession” is an attribute, which is maybe in the blood of a person. You have or you don’t have it. An obsessive athlete will mostly be also obsessed with his second career.
    “Balanced risk-taking” – this attribute is not typically mentioned when asked to describe an athlete, but every successful athlete knows how important tactics can be during a competition. Too much risk can lead to a defeat and who takes no risk will never win. Also, entrepreneurs need to evaluate their opportunities and calculate the odds.
    “Endurance” – being a real marathon man is always an advantage for an entrepreneur, because it can take a long time to create a successful product.
    “The ability to comeback” – getting up and trying again is an important attribute. Many entrepreneurs failed more than once until they finally managed their company successfully.

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    1. Jutta Pauschenwein (Post author)

      Hi Marc, I like your chararcteristics – failure is no option but (I think) as athlete it’s ok to commit errors and learn from them. Within school or university often the learners are not allowed to commit errors. Personally I believe that we need to commit errors to learn. Bye, Jutta

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      1. Marc

        Dear Jutta, thank you for your positive feedback. I like my list of characteristics too; maybe future participants will find additional key advantages of elite athletes.
        To me failure is more total compared to an error. The opposite of failure is success and the opposite of an error is the correctness. So, the one doesn’t exclude the other. Failure would mean leaving school without a degree, but graduating from school doesn’t mean that there didn’t happen a mistake. Of course, errors are strongly connected to learning and athletes learn during their career from their mistakes. Learning from failure is much more extensive compared to learning from an error. Bye, Marc

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  110. Gianpiero

    I think that an athlete (or former) has some peculiarities that can help as entrepreneur: first of all an athlete never gives up, has a very high resilience and probably this is the most useful thing in the first difficulty period.
    An athlete is able to “stay in the game” so he can keep in mind the final goal and he knows that only with hard work you can reach success and reacts if something is changed from his idea.

    But if you choose to be an athlete (at any level) is because you are moved by passion. Probably the passion for your business idea is the key that allows you to bring all these useful features from sports to business.

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    1. Jutta Pauschenwein (Post author)

      Yes, the high resilience of athletes is very useful for business. But … don’t forget to look for yourself as well 🙂

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  111. Florian Schabereiter

    There are a lot of things you need to compete successfully as an athlete.

    One of those are consequence. Even if doing your favorite sports is one of the best jobs you can have, sometimes it can be really hard. Hard training, a lot of things to waiver of, sometimes less time for leisure or friends, … But if you keep consequent on working ist´s not as hard as if you lean back and have to catch up something you lost while you leaned back.
    A further thing is to focus on your goals. You need a plan – which means that you should know where you want to be in Season oder in 2,3 years. If you are setting yourself goals and keep consequent working on them – you will reach your goals!
    In This part it is good to catch yourself frequently in acting like an olympic or world champion or acting like a person who reached the goals.

    Focus on yourself while getting information of others!
    It is important that you move your own way, step by step on the top in direction to your goals. While you trying to improve yourself you should not forget to watch and communicate with the rest of the world. May you can see any useful tendencies or use the opportunity to push up mutual. Rivalry must not be only competitive – it can boost both sides in a good way.

    One more very important point is to resume responsibility. As an athlete you are the chef of your own company and ultimately you are responsible for your success. This means that you should always have things under control. Contrary to that ist is important to cede responsibility to your Team too. Everyone in a team plays an important role – and in my opinion it is also important that those people get responsibility for their part.

    If I draw a line from sports to entrepreneurship in aspect to the mentioned characteristics i see a lot of similarities.
    As an entrepreneur, I can imagine, it is major to have a running team. I guess the clue is to give your team members as much responsibility and freedom in working as possible, but always have things under control. Maybe it is important to lead things in a way of “we´re a team” and not “I´m the boss”.
    Setting goals and working on them is as important as other things mentioned. As an entrepreneur you need visions for future. How should I improve if I´m not looking forward??
    Network-building, communication and monitoring are characteristics an entrepreneur needs for development.
    And with consequence I can draw a line from sports to entrepreneurship. There might be times where is a lot of work and less time for leisure or “not the best times” – if anything is not running. It is important not to bury your head in the sand – keep on working hard und looking forward!

    As an sportsman / -woman you have very good requirements for getting an entrepreneur. The characteristics mentioned above may can help to have a good start into entrepreneurship.

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    1. Florian Schabereiter

      ad Consequence:
      Muhammad Ali said: “I hated every minute of training, but I said: Don´t quit! Suffer now and live the rest of your life as a champion.”

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    2. Jutta Pauschenwein (Post author)

      Great Florian, that you already started to work in my week – and it’s interesting to read about your experience. I imagine, that athletes are more focused than other people, and this helps with respect to entrepreneurship 🙂

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    3. Natasa Sfiri

      I like your point when you say “Rivalry must not be only competitive – it can boost both sides in a good way”. Maybe this is also true in business? What do you think?

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      1. Florian Schabereiter

        Hi Natasa!
        Thanks for your comment.
        Yes, Ithink you can put a line in this point of view from sports to business.
        When I was a professional athlete, I can remember that I did the biggest steps when I was training with my ricals. We pushed up each other higher and higher.
        The same thing can happen in business – beeing rivals also means learning from each other.

        What do you think? Reality, possible or wishful thinking?

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        1. Natasa Sfiri

          It happens … and it is wishful thinking as well. Especially in business it’s more straightforward to competitive and more difficult to cooperate in a certain way. I like collaboration 🙂

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  112. Andrea Regis

    Judo is my sport and I’m still a professional today.
    When I’m fighting during the competitions, I’m alone against my opponents: I have to win the fight and what I search is only a legal way to throw him on the mat and take home the result.
    In this sport, I have to take fast decisions in a while. Sometimes, while I think of an action able to throw my opponents, it’s already too late to do it, so I have to change completely my plane to get the winning.
    Sometimes I win, but a lot of times I loose: it’s 19 years that I’m in the world of judo, and from 4 years, it has became also my job (I’m in the Sportive Military group of Esercito); the reason why I’m still practicing is really easy.. There is nothing better then the few seconds of glory after the winning of a competition.
    My body Is quite broken, but also if today I’m recovering from a surgery to the shoulder, I can’t wait the moment to step on the mat and feeling the adrenaline that nothing else can give me.
    At the beginning of this writing I wrote that on the mat I’m alone, but this is true at a halfway: during the trainings there are persons around me, there is the coach, there are sparring partners, there is the physio.
    I have never seen a judoka, winning important competitions, completely alone. The athlete needs to be able to select the own team, to understand which kind of partners can help, which ones not. Most of all, the athlete needs to be able to keep the sparring around him.
    Being a sparring partner is really not an easy thing: he has to be thrown on the mat several times, he has to do good reactions, be sharp in understanding the different moments of the trainings. The team around the athlete has to be constantly motivated.
    Well, I think that one of my best characteristic is being able to keep contacts to create good work groups and leading a team without showing that I’m leading them.
    I don’t know exactly how I do, but I think that I really love listening the stories of the persons. I like helping my friends solving their big or little problems; I also like listening persons all around the world with their own culture.
    During this years of sport I visited a lot of places all around the world, and I have many friends who know that they can count on me anytime.
    Being an entrepreneur for me means leading a group of selected persons who have my same point of view, or at least who trust me for the person I am.
    Taking fast decisions is something I’m used to, also if sometimes I’m too much close to the past that is difficult to take the risk, making mistakes and going ahead. But I’m working on this and I’m sure that with the experience it will be easier to change something for a better future.

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    1. Florian Schabereiter

      Hy Andrea!

      I totally agree with you in the point of leading a Team without showing that you´re leading them. Maybe this is one of the most important characteristics in being an entrepreneur.

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    2. Jutta Pauschenwein (Post author)

      Hi Andrea, I like it that you mention trust. Personally I believe that trust is important for a group to work together in a good way. But maybe this works only in small groups ? Bye, Jutta

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      1. andrea regis

        Probably you are right Jutta: if you have a small group of persons, it’s easier to create connections and being trusted. But I really thing that also in bigger groups of work, there needs to be a kind of trusting, if not for the chief, for the project and the objective to get!

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        1. Jutta Pauschenwein (Post author)

          I discussed you comment with one of my colleagues who will participate in the MOOC and probably contribute to our discussion. He has a different view and means that leading and managing is about hierarchy and control. …..
          Looking forward to his contribution and explanation.
          Have a nice Sunday, Jutta

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          1. Andrea Regis

            I m curious to hear about this point of view, because I totally agree about hierarchy and control, but from my point of view, there is a line and we can’t cross it!
            i mean, there is a chief in a company, he has to control everyone, but if no one trusts in the idea of the chief or of the company, the employes will never give their 100%, not even the 80%, and this would mean to minimize the profits.

          2. Marc

            Management, which is a task of every leader, means planning, realizing and supervising the realization. So, trust is good, but proper supervision is better! Believing in the objectives of a company, the right commitment of the employees, makes management easier but doesn’t substitute the monitoring. This applies on small and on big groups, although the methods of supervision may vary. Of course, the perfect supervision is the one no one realizes, except in the case a mistake happens. This supervision model is more a task oriented concept and doesn’t necessarily mean, that there should be cameras al around a company and watch employees like big brother did in George Orwell’s novel 1984.

          3. Andrea Regis

            Marc, maybe I have not been clear with my english, or probably we have opposite point of view: having a group who trusts in you or in a project, doesn’t mean that you don’t have to supervisor them! A person who trusts in the chief, can accept the critics without many troubles.
            And… what should the employees do? Going to work only because of the salary? I would prefere to have in my company people who doesn’t want only to earn money.
            If you have a passion, you work better.. this is what I truly think.
            I will do a really really really little personal example: I earn my salary for the sport I practice, but a friend of mine has asked to help him once a week for personal coaching of a little group of persons who wants to have a better conditioning during their tennis activity…
            I’m not doing this for money and this activity takes away part of my time during my career, but I believe in this project.
            If being an entrepreneur means putting the own sensibility in a corner and becoming a robot… that’s not my future.
            I truly think that it is also possible being successful without loosing the own characteristics!

          4. Marc

            Andrea, as you mentioned correctly trust in a business, a company or a project and applying management methods like supervision are different things. Commitment, passion of the employees and faith in the chief are of major importance. Like Antoine de Saint-Exupéry once said “If you want to build a boat, don’t summon people to make plans, assign work or fetch tools; instead awaken their desire for the endless ocean – then they will build the boat on their own (free translation).”

          5. Natasa

            Thanks Marc for citing Antoine De Saint-Exupéry, the one with the boat! I think to manage this you have to be a charismatic person. It is worth trying anyway though 😉

    3. Marc

      Hi Andrea,

      I think, that during a competition a fast decision can create a champion, but there was always a lot of training behind the one perfect decision. In business a fast decision can mean taking a lot of risk, education and experience enable to estimate and calculate opportunities and help reducing the risk. Bye, Marc

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