Enter sport events. They are a healthy alternative classroom hack for enrolling at Harvard. Teaching top performers to excel in the world of business. Think about it, you have the race organisers or business founders. They set the rules and lay out the vision or path to follow. They find willing participant that would like to test themselves against the vision or path. It is the synergies that exist once the vision is accepted where the real learning occurs. This is where the classroom is born if the individual is willing to learn from it.
“A leader in sports, business, or any other field of endeavour should possess and provide the same qualities inherent in a good parent: character, consistency, dependability, accountability, knowledge, good judgment, selflessness, respect, courage, discipline, fairness, and structure.” ― John Wooden
It takes a village to raise a Ironman: On the surface of it, you see a solo effort to get to the finish line. Yet getting the individual there, whether it is a weekend warrior or a sponsored athlete, took an entire team. Coaches, mentors, biokineticist and training buddies on a similar or different goal path. And every now and again, a sympathetic ear to complain to. Months of understanding from friends, families and in some cases fellow fools:). In business, it takes the dedication of an entire group to get individuals to excel. It also takes understanding (and in some cases finances) of friends, families and yes, fools again.
“Everyone has got the will to win; it’s only those with the will to prepare that do win.” ― Mark Cuban
Keep the wheels pivoting: Things rarely turn out the way we plan them. But it is the process of planning and adapting your plan to the environment that winners are made. It rains on race day or you are nursing an injury during the race. The key to dealing with these events when they do occur on race day is simple. Persistence, perseverance and dedication during the months leading up to a race would have exposed you to dealing with all kinds of change. From change in seasons, fitness, training buddies and the latest offering that Prof Noakes preaches. Chances are, come race day, you would have a reference to compare this rainy day to. It is the fear of the unknown or preparation that make people quit. As Warren Buffet puts it, when the tide moves out, you find out who's swimming naked. There is nowhere to hide when the going get tough. You can have good weather and BS your way through a few things in life. Fitness isn't one of them. Nor should your career be.
“If you challenge conventional wisdom, you will find ways to do things much better than they are currently done. ~ Bill James” ― Michael Lewis
It is the ones who have learned the value of persistence and preparation through sport, who shine when the environment turns unfavourable. Besides, good weather makes for bad stories. It's during bad weather that legends are born. When the Elon Musk's of the world tower above the rest. They know to adapt the plan for the environment, so the goal stays intact.