How to Run a Business While Being an Olympic Athlete with Nick Symmonds
No secret: I freaking love the Olympics.
They are what inspired me to get off my sister's couch and find a new sport to conquer after my football career ended.
They are what have kept me going through years of crazy training in handball while running my business.
They are what I dream about.
So any chance I get to interview an Olympian on The School of Greatness, I take.
Nick Symmonds is not just any Olympian either.
He runs faster than 99.9% of people on the planet.
He has won national championships in running.
He has been to 2 Olympic games so far (and is gunning for a slot in 2016).
And he is also an entrepreneur (self-described first and foremost as a businessman.)
Needless to say, we had a lot to talk about.
What I learned from Nick was how powerful a positive mindset is, how to bounce back from a loss, and why it's so important to him to fight for the rights of athletes to earn higher pay.
I loved getting to know Nick on a personal level (beyond his impressive running record) and left our conversation feeling more inspired than ever to be an Olympian myself.
Welcome to a powerful conversation with Olympic runner Nick Symmonds on Episode 205.
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"There is only one thing it takes to be successful: perseverance."
Some questions I ask:
What's the mental/physical process you go through before a meet?
How do you handle a loss?
Does your body or your brain get more broken down by training and losing?
Did you really get started in running because of a girl?
What's the story around auctioning off a piece of your shoulder for a sponsor's temporary tattoo?
What are you going to do when you're done running?
In This Episode, You Will Learn:
How Nick decides when to race at 95% and when he goes all out
That Nick runs a 3:56 mile!!
Why self-doubt is so toxic (and how to avoid it)
His new mantra: Don't worry about anything unless there's something to actually worry about
How he felt after losing at the London Olympics after running his best ever race
How he views his training routine like a baby (you have to take care of it every single day for it to grow and thrive)
That Nick views himself as a businessman who specializes in marketing and entertainment
How American athletes differ from other countries' athletes in how they are paid by the government
The massive gap between how hard Olympians work and how little they get paid
How he dedicated his medal before the Sochi games to his LGBT friends
Nick's advice to athlete's looking for their niche sport: Try everything.
"Everybody is an athlete at something."
Why Nick feels called to fight for the rights of athletes
Why he sees being the best athlete he can be a selfish endeavor (especially in relationships)
Plus much more...
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Music Credit: Memories by EDDestroyer
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Did you enjoy the podcast?
Wow, I get SO INSPIRED every time I talk to an Olympian. I loved hearing Nick's wisdom on perseverance and hard work. What are you inspired to do after listening to him?