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What Can We Learn from Olympic Champions for Business

Shortly the Olympic Games in London comes to an end. We have seen great sport. Some great winners and much more loser. The question is what can we learn from the Olympic Champions? What have they in common and what can we learn for as business owners.

The Keys to be a Champion

As an example I take Nicola Spirig, the Swiss Olympic Champion in Triathlon. When you saw the women triathlon you maybe remember the photo finish of the race. The jury needed a couple of minutes to decide who is the Olympic Champion. Lucky for us in Switzerland it was Nicola Spirig.

After the race they showed different interviews with Nicola on TV. For her it was the third time she started at the Olympic Games. Every times she made a huge progress with the victory in London.

During the different interviews Nicola Spirig told about what made the difference in her life to be able to win the Olympics. One of the major key was her determination for the sport and to be one of the best in her discipline.

Some other keys where her discipline, the support she has in her environment, the long term planning and her will.

The Steps from Average to Champion

A long time Nicola Spirig was in middle of the field in her sport with some outbreak to the top. She believed in herself but she was not assured to win the Olympics. In the preparation for London a new trainer joined her team. Brett Sutton, her new trainer, is famous for his hard training and that he brings out the best of an athlete.

Beside the training aspect, which was improved with Sutton, he also worked hard with Nicola on her mindset. We hear often from sport that the mindset makes the difference. And this was also the break through for Nicola Spirig. He had to convince her that she not only can win a medal but that she can go for gold. At the end Nicola clear declared that she is going for gold. This is something we usually miss in athletes her in Switzerland. Swiss people usually do not declare they go for the best. It’ in our mentality but Nicola overcame this and she won the gold medal.

The Learning for Business Owners

I think one of the major learning with can take with us from the Olympic Game is that it takes hard work and persistence. In many interviews I heard winner saying that this gold medal is the payout of the years of hard work and discipline.

The same thing is in business. Especially in the home business industry. Often you work alone from home, it needs a lot of discipline, determination and persistence to succeed. You have ups and downs in a business. It’s important that you work on your mindset to break through. How many times have you heard, it’s not worth the effort, not everyone can succeed in this industry or any other negative expression. Here I can only say, take the Olympic Champions as a role model. Go for Gold.

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Bruno Buergi
Bruno Buergi

Bruno Buergi is a Switzerland based digital entrepreneur. He teaches people all over the world how to make money online with only a laptop.

    16 replies to "Olympic Champions vs Business Owners"

    • Mandy Allen

      I so agree with you, it takes so much more determination to become a champion in your field. There are plenty of ‘average’ people but not so many with that special quality it takes to lead the field, whatever field it is you are in.

      Enjoy the journey.


      • Bruno Buergi

        Not all people are willing to go the extra mile. It’s easier to complain.

    • Alice

      True, not everyone can succeed at being the top earner in their chosen company, but everyone can be the best they can be!

      Success means something different to everyone…100.00 might be success to one person and 10,000 might be the number for someone else.

      You are so right about self development it is key to keep us on our journey!

      Alice McCarthy

      • Bruno Buergi

        Thank you for your comment Alice. You are right, success is something different for every person.

    • Kim Stanbrook

      It is all about determination to succeed and persistence, so agree. Important to keep your goal in mind as this will keep you going through ups and downs in the business – the gold is then in sight!

      • Bruno Buergi

        It’s important to hold the picture in mind where you want to go, otherwise it’s easy to get distracted.

    • Theuns

      Hi Bruno

      I love your post , My self love sport and do sport and you need something to go for to win and your mind set is THE most important thing to work on every day, so with business on and of-line.


      • Bruno Buergi

        Mindset is the most important thing if it’s in sport or business.

    • Ryan Biddulph

      Hi Bruno,

      As within so without. Work on your inner world for at least an hour daily. Olympic champions return again and again to the idea that mind power puts ’em over the top. The Gold Medalists believe they are the best, and build a white hot desire fire which drives them to victory. Excellent analogy here.

      Work on your mental tools. 1 hour in meditation, visualization and affirmation combined. Do NOT turn on the computer until spending 20 minutes or more working on your mindset. Attract success with greater ease. Work on the within, THEN work on the without.

      Thanks Bruno!


      • Bruno Buergi

        Thanks Ryan for the tip.

    • Martin Casper

      Bruno…when the rubber hits the road, it is all about determination, drive and confidence. That is what makes a true champion. Great article!

      • Bruno Buergi

        Thank you Martin.

    • Patricia Gozlan

      Congratulations on your site, Bruno!
      As you say mindset is the #1 factor hidden behind success 😉
      The Olympic games in London teach us determination perseverance and knowing they are already champions!
      One of the tools that they use and that business people use too is creative visualization, I have written posts videos and boos about this and I am using it every time I feel my goal is ” far ” from me!
      Thanks for sharing!

      • Bruno Buergi

        Thank you Patricia for your comment. Visualization is a great tool to move forward to your goals. I use it on a daily basis.

    • David Harman

      Great post Bruno. It’s hearing stories like Nicola’s that really proves that we can do anything if we put our mind in the correct gear.
      One of my favourite quotes is of Henry Ford – If you think you can you can, and if you think you can’t you can’t!
      Thanks for an inspiring post!

      • Bruno Buergi

        Thank you for your comment David. Success has lot to do with the believe that we can do it whatever obstacle comes in the way.

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