With a background in basketball and a love of sports, CEO at JetWave International, Isaac Jackson believes the attributes that make an elite athlete can be transferred into business.
The Knoxville based marketing and promotions firm held a company-wide workshop this week, exploring what entrepreneurs can learn from elite athletes and apply to progress their business journey’s.
“The drive and determination that take athletes to an elite level are attributes that are needed to compete in business,” commented Isaac Jackson, CEO at JetWave International.
During the workshop, Mr Jackson highlighted four attributes possessed by elite athletes that can be transferred into business.
Learn from failures
Athletes will regularly experience defeats. Rather than dwelling on failures, elite athletes use those losses as learning experiences to do better next time. Elite athletes will analyse their performance, identify what went well; they’ll look for room for improvement and apply what they learned to their next race, match or experience. Mr Jackson believes entrepreneurs can apply that same logic to use failures as learning experiences.
Forget the 9-5
Elite athletes don’t comply with the 9-5 existence. Most athletes will wake up before dawn to train. After training, the rest of their day is carefully planned without clock off time. Entrepreneurs put in above average hours. However, those long days are necessary in pursuit of their passion and goals. Events and meetings will often happen outside of office hours; therefore it’s crucial for entrepreneurs to be flexible.
Build a great team
Even for individual competitors, assembling a strong team to bring the right people together is vital for success. A single competitor will have a team of coaches and mentors which contribute significantly to their success. At JetWave International, they urge their professionals to build a solid network of like-minded individuals who can help to motivate and inspire them.
Thrive on competition
Rivalry helps to drive athletes towards greatness, and JetWave International believe that the same is true in business. CEO Mr Jackson thinks that competition pushes people to do better.
“I’m a highly competitive person, and I thrive in a competitive atmosphere,” commented Mr Jackson.
Based in Knoxville, Tennessee, JetWave International is a trusted business and consulting firm founded on previous experiences and principles. CEO Isaac Jackson is an ardent sports fan and believes that entrepreneurs and business professionals can learn a lot from elite athletes.