Growing up, sports were always a major part of my everyday life. From playing t-ball as a six year-old, to playing collegiate volleyball, my days revolved around practices, scrimmages, tournaments; all of the above. Reflecting back at my past world, I realize that being involved in sports not only helped me transition into to the professional world, they taught me valuable skills I currently utilize and will continue to develop long into my career. Here are five ways being a former athlete translates into your professional life:
1. You know the importance of being on time… all too well.
I remember one morning waking up late for a volleyball practice in college because I set my alarm for PM instead of AM. I woke up in a panic at 6:05 am when practice started promptly at 6:00am. I jumped sky-high out of bed, threw on my glasses and sped to the gym. When I got there, I knew exactly what was waiting for me: sprints. I ran those sprints and promised myself from that day on to always double-check my alarm clock before going to bed.
This same principle goes into effect when you are in the professional world. You may not have to run sprints if you are late for a meeting, but it throws off the entire team. Your punishment may come in missing out on important details or even losing a sale. Punctuality showcases respect for your own time, and more importantly, other people’s time.
2. You are competitive.
You know that practice makes perfect, and that it was all worth it when game time came. Your desire to win was evident and you wanted to be the best athlete you could be. The same goes for your professional life. Being competitive is a fundamental part of growing in your position and career. It shows that you have drive, ambition, goals, and tenacity. Employers want to see this side of you, and being in sports previously fosters this skill.
3. You know how to win, and you know how to lose.
You have lost the big game in regionals, you have messed up on a play, and you have had your good and bad days. The best part about it is that you know how to use those experiences as opportunities to learn, and grow for the next challenge. You keep trying and never give up on the things that matter most. You also know that there will more opportunities to get yourself a win, if you do lose.
4. You are a team player.
You have been on a team all of your life and know that if your teammate does well, the whole team does well. Same principle applies in the workforce. If there is a large project that has to be worked on as a unit, you know how to extend your hand and offer support. You know that if the project goes well, then the whole entire company does well.
5. You communicate.
In volleyball, you have to call “mine” when the ball is coming towards you to let the other players know you are going to take it. When there was no communication between me and my other teammates while on the court, the ball dropped right in the middle of us. Speaking up and allowing a fluid transmittal of communication not only helps make the play, but also leads the team to success. Same rule applies in a company.
What if you assumed your co-worker finished the project you were working on together, when he/she didn’t? The figurative ball was dropped and the project didn’t get finished. Now you have an unhappy boss. You know that simple updates, the effective flow of communication leads to better results.
Here at Sharn, we know the value of the above skills. We strive to be on time, be competitive with our prices, be team players, and communicate with our customers and clients. We design custom point-of-purchase displays for retail, so our communication is vital. We want to win your business, and being a company with former athletes as employees, we stop at nothing to earn it!
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