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The Corporate Athlete

It’s the name of a book (which I ordered to my house but I don’t think it will arrive in time), but it’s something I’ve always been fascinated with.  Being an executive is like being a professional athlete.  You train, you have game days, you have your season (and your offseason really consists of maybe your vacation days and weekends).  But I think it’s a mindset I want to adopt.  Key principles (I think) include:

  • Mental toughness
  • Game Day Routine/Off Season Routine
  • Endurance (Physical/Psychological)
  • Skills Training
  • Health (physical and psychological)


The Corporate Athlete

  • Mental toughness: Training yourself to give 100% every day, especially on days you don’t want to
  • Game Day Routine: Prepare yourself for the day, focus on what needs to get done, get it done, sleep, get up, do it again
  • Off Season Routine: Disconnect, pursue other things, but if you feel compelled, do work because you love it
  • Endurance: Training for mental stamina and breakthrough thinking
  • Skills Training: Management, leadership, business specific goals etc..
  • Health: Make sure you’re doing well both physically and psychologically


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