Female Athletes Are Excellent Founders
According to research, the Team Captain of a sports team is one of the best candidates to run a business smoothly. Through research it has been shown how athletes excel in entrepreneurship.
To cite a recent Fortune Article – ‘The link between female leadership and competitive sports has been well-documented. A 2015 study of 400 female C-suite executives conducted by espnW and EY found an undeniable correlation between athletic and business success: more than half (52%) of the c-level execs surveyed played sport at the university level, compared to 39% of women at other management levels. That same study reports that 80% of female Fortune 500 executives played competitive sports at one point in their lives.
Of the 31 MPWs who responded to Fortune‘s query, 20 (65%) played sports competitively in either high school or college; sometimes both. The most popular sport was a three-way tie between swimming, basketball, and tennis (five women each).’
Anyone who has been involved in competitive sports long term has the innate ability to apply their skills to entrepreneurship for success. Having a champion athletes mindset is not reserved for only athletes, by adopting these strategies, everyone will greatly beneficial in entrepreneurship and having a successful company.
We will be featuring top athlete founders in this article who connect fully with these strategies and embody them in their lives. Athletes embody waking up everyday with a purpose, and strive for success.
As our founder, Allison Ramsey, was also a college athlete, she embodies these strategies and we are super excited to feature more athlete founders in this article.
We are going to go through the top strategies to transition to an athlete mindset bringing more success to your company, business, and entrepreneurship journey
They Train Hard
Success, as we have heard, is when perseverance meets hard work. Athletes need to put in countless hours of training to hone in on their abilities and skills. The mindset is training to win and entrepreneurs must train to win too.
Athletes often have setbacks or injuries and they still make comebacks of epic proportions. The difference is that they view their setbacks as opportunities as areas of growth to come back stronger.
If you ask our Founder, Allison’s Family, they’ll tell you the countless hours she spent on her crafts. They may describe her tendencies often as ‘overly intense’. As athletes are often described. Often entrepreneurs are completely obsessed with their craft.
We must become obsessed with honing in on our abilities.
Have Coaches / Mentors
One of the first steps when launching a business needs to be to find a mentor or a coach. There is no need to aim to do this all alone. To learn from people whom have done this before and be a part of something bigger.
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Many programs are capable of fast tracking your success. As a first time founder, making mistakes will be inevitable. You don’t want to go into it blind or alone. Founders can easily avoid missteps by asking for support and getting the support they need.
It is a must to have the support of fellow founders and a mentor or team of mentors to guide you. Athletes understand a great coach will display their blind spots to them and allow space for improvement.
There Really is No True Competition Besides Ourselves
When a company focuses too much on the competition they will lose sight of the goals and might totally sink their ship. Imagine a rowing team, looking to the left or the right in the race, they would sink their boat.
It is important to understand the landscape of your competitors, your company’s competitive advantage, your personal strengths capable to take you far, and what other companies are doing to succeed.
When our Founder, Allison, was prepping for a game in high school and college. She will go with a few of her teammates, or sometimes alone, to watch the competitor teams play. She will study each player and take notes. The purpose was to then be able to communicate effectively to her team, and lead her team to win. When it comes to game time or time to support clients, all the focus is on the court, on the goals of the company and client.
SUCCESSFUL ATHLETE FEMALE FOUNDERS:
Abby is a two-time Olympic gold medalist, FIFA World Cup Champion, and the highest all-time international goal scorer for male and female soccer players. She was the United States’ leading scorer in the 2007 and 2011 Women’s World Cup tournaments and the 2004 and 2012 Olympics. An activist for equality and inclusion, Abby is the author of the
New York Times bestseller Forward: A Memoir and the forthcoming WOLFPACK. She is co-founder of Wolfpack Endeavor, which is revolutionizing leadership development for women in the workplace and beyond through her champion mindset, individualized coaching, and team-bound focus.
WOLFPACK – Based on her inspiring, viral 2018 commencement speech to Barnard College’s graduates in New York City, New York Times bestselling author, two-time Olympic gold medalist and FIFA World Cup champion Abby Wambach delivers her empowering rally cry for women to unleash their individual power, unite with their pack, and emerge victorious together. Out April, 2019.
In her recent book, WOLFPACK, these are the 8 rules to change the game:
1 Create your own path
2 Be grateful for what you have AND demand what you deserve.
3 Lead now–from wherever you are.
4 Failure means you’re finally IN the game.
5 Be FOR each other.
6 Believe in yourself. Demand the ball.
7 Lead with humanity. Cultivate Leaders.
8 You’re not alone. You’ve got your Pack.
Kadi is the CEO/Founder of myCoffeePass. myCoffeePass is a subscription-credit based app that connects coffee lovers to exclusive local coffee shops in Austin, ultimately saving the user money per coffee.
She embraces an entrepreneur and a growth mindset. She is a college and professional athlete.
She is also an INFJ. Proud 2015 LFL Champion/All Fantasy, playing Cornerback.
Athletes display confidence in doing what it takes to live their dreams. We hope we have motivated you to start pursuing your purpose and continue too.
“We must become obsessed with honing in on our abilities.”
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