I would like to share with you my experience with long-term sports and business. It may not seem like it at first, but sport and business do have a lot in common.
As an avid long-distance runner and high altitude hiker, I had to learn how to prepare for my long-term challenges. After my first race, I was unable to walk down the stairs to the subway… But through training and regular exercise, I have improved and can run for hours and still be relatively cool after a race. Similarly, I’ve had to learn to plan my mountain expeditions long-term in advance and think about logistics and choosing the right people for more extreme climbs.
This experience has proved to be very useful in business as well. When I started PR Brunch, my first seminar was not without nervousness and I didn’t know what topic we would come up with next. But again, by practicing regularly and improving my management skills, I became better at what I do. Just like in sports, we need to plan for the long-term and stick to our strategy to achieve our goals.
I think sport and business are complementary. In sport I maintain my physical and mental fitness and use my management practices. In business, I use my sporting experience to overcome obstacles and achieve my goals.
So, when someone asks me how I can endure running half a day somewhere, climbing a difficult mountain, organising a ski mountaineering expedition beyond the Arctic Circle , or run a business for years or coming up with interesting topics for PR Brunch in the long term, I say it’s not just about racing, climbing a hill or trying to make as much money as possible. It’s about long-term preparation, training, strategy and choosing the right people. Whether it’s a sport or a business, the same principles apply in both areas.
So cheers to the next challenge, be it sports or business!