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.
Learning never really stops even long after you have left the familiar classrooms and hallways of college or university. Others may stay longer in the structured learning environment by pursuing graduate studies. But there are many who choose to continue their education in non-traditional ways. Whichever path or method you pursue, continuing your education in the same or different field of expertise that you have has its share of challenges.
Family and childcare
Family and childcare takes up a lot of time and attention. It is a full-time job for many who choose to devote more time with families. For those who choose to balance family and work life, it may often seem like a non-stop juggling act. But it does not have to stop you from achieving whatever education-related goals you have set. You can explore strategies and solutions that will allow you to attend classes regularly. It would not be easy in the beginning. And you may have to get the commitment of family members first who can help you work out the details. You just have to stay focused on the educational goals you have set and find a way to work around the problems you have to deal with to achieve them.
The responsibilities you have at home take time away from other things you may have to do. You have to manage your time well and delegate other tasks you may have been doing for everyone. Do everything you can to develop a schedule that will enable you to spend sufficient time on completing complete homework while nurturing the relationship you have with your family and still be flexible for those times when things do not turn out as expected.
Solicit help from each of the members of your family. Delegate chores that are appropriate to their age so as to get each and every member of the family involved. You will need to remain adaptable about your everyday routine as well. Try your best to wake up about one hour earlier than what you are used to so you can do the laundry, as well as other chores in the household.
Not many people can balance the demands of work and studies. You have to a fairly equal amount of attention to both. Or at the very least, your desire to continue learning does not have to get in the way of your ability to deliver excellence at work.
Education in later years in life may seem like a daunting challenge. But it is possible regardless of the obstacles you have to deal with along the way