In this article, Richard Branson, world-renowned entrepreneur, philanthropist and investor, explains why skills and lessons learned through sport are transferable to a business career and, specifically, being an entrepreneur. He says that, just like after losing a big competition in sport, life after sport offers a tremendous opportunity for reinvention and redemption.
What is Branson’s advice for athletes seeking to succeed in the professional world? “Treat business like sport – follow your passions, keep an open mind to new opportunities, and refuse to take no for an answer.”
Why Your Career in Sports Doesn’t End After Retirement. Here’s How I Learned to do Even More.
Jennie Finch discusses how valuable it is to prepare ahead of time for retirement in this article. What will you do? Ask yourself these questions:
- What is your passion?
- What motivates, drives, inspires you?
- What are your gifts and strengths?
- What do you want to be remembered for?
For Jennie, she loved teaching kids and inspiring them to chase their own dreams. This is when she decided to start running camps and doing speaking engagements. Being an elite athlete provides a special opportunity to connect with people and build a unique network that many others do not have access to. She reminds us that there are so many gifts on the journey that open opportunities we may have never dreamed of, so take advantage of them! Use the platform you’ve been blessed to have. And finally, the best thing to bring with you after finishing your sport are the very friendships and relationships you built during it, which will last long after you’re done.
**Did you know that LinkedIn isn’t just for industry professionals? Many professional athletes, current and retired, have profiles as well, and have written tons of articles that offer professional and personal advice, just like Jennie’s.