The “all brawn and no brain” stereotype is one of the common misconceptions associated with athletes or people who are so into sports that have been proven time and time again to be false. In fact, it would be safe to say that there are many athletes out there who excel not only in their sports but academically as well. And many have seen quite a lot of success in careers outside of sports.
Being good in a sport is not all about having the genes and innate talent or aptitude for it. Of course they provide distinct advantages. But there are several factors at play to become the best, especially given the big pool of potentially good athletes out there. While not everyone succeeds, many of those who do exhibit certain traits that help them excel in sports and in life.
The best athletes most often are the ones who are teachable, continuously learn, and embrace mistakes as part of the learning process. They look for ways to become better using all resources available to them. Some of the best athletes read non fiction sports books that provide relevant information and insights that could help them improve their game. From sports psychology to nutrition books and everything in between, athlete readers make sure that they keep up with the latest innovations and trends.
This ability to seek constant improvement and being driven to be the best at what they do lead to better results. And this builds the kind of mindset that serves athletes beyond the sports. Many successful people including top CEOs and entrepreneurs are likely to exhibit the same mindset. And you might be surprised just how many of them are past or present athletes.