Hire the Athlete to Represent You

Apolo - Nicole

A few months back the most decorated American Winter Olympic athlete of all time, Apolo Ohno, was a weekend guest at the home of my daughter Nicole while he was making a personal appearance tour which included Philadelphia. A gracious guest, Apolo openly shared much of his personal story as a youth as well as the philosophy he has discovered along the way. It’s a philosophy not just about sport, but about life.  In his book” Zero Regrets, he shares his secrets for achieving total focus and mental toughness. Of course, Apolo’s application of such focus is based in the experience of competing against the most talented skaters on the planet in full view of the eyes of millions of fans around the world. But Apolo’s philosophy is as much about life as it is about sport. Whether the focus be school, business, or parenthood, –there has to be a vision, a dream and a plan. Then you chase that with everything you have through your personal training, hard work, commitment and overall intensity.

What I find compelling is that the lessons one learns as an athlete are the pillars of the profile of the most successful business people I know. One’s success in business can only be achieved after years of training in your specific area of expertise coupled with knowledge of and respect for your adversary. You must also thoroughly understand time management issues, competitiveness, and success as a mindset. Having been an athlete myself probably from the age of six I was unaware that I was engaged in a 20 year training program to be the business person I am today. Everything I learned in sports has translated into my professional endeavors. All other things being equal, my experience as an employer and manager has made it easy for me to understand that if I hire an athlete, I’m hiring a winner.

  • Mary Zamulinsky

    Joe, I think that is a really nice article about athletes.  I love the picture of Nicole with Apollo.  Also, I find it is inspiring to talk about people who are successful or who are headed for success in whatever it is that they choose to pursue.  The analogy of an athlete works well here.  However, I have a propensity to root for Aeronautical and Aerospace candidates, as you might expect.  If  people follow their passion, and go for that dream that they dare to dream, I know we both believe that they will find success both personally and  in the corporate setting.  I enjoy your writing.  Keep it up.  Mary Zamulinsky   

    • http://www.astudentoftherealestategame.com/ Joe Stampone

      Thanks Mary, I am Nicole and Steve’s biggest fan.  I think they will both be very successful.