As the 2016 Olympics have drawn to a close, what can we learn from Olympic Athletes when finding a new opportunity?
The road to compete in the Olympic Games is no easy task. Endless hours of training, competition and self-discipline ensure only the fittest, strongest and skilled make it to the games which is an achievement in itself.
Likewise, employers are often looking for the highest skilled and qualified candidates to work in their organization, interviewing candidates that essentially eliminate those who do not make the cut. It is important however to remember what makes a Champion or someone successful is not solely based on how many times they won, but how many times they fell and picked themselves up.
Those who have made it to the top or are in envious positions are those who didn’t give up when times were tough and didn’t let their failures define them. They took those experiences as lessons learnt and used this to improve themselves or try alternative approaches, just as those successful athletes pushed themselves further until they succeeded.
Shun Fujumoto, a gold winning gymnast, represented Japan in the 1975 Summer Olympics. In the third to final event, it became obvious that Shun has fractured his knee cap. While others would succumb to defeat, Shun continued to compete and his finale was a triple somersault from eight feet in the air from the rings. Shun landed perfectly before falling in agony. Fujimoto received a personal best 9.7 out of 10 for the event and Japan won the team gold by 0.4 of a point.
While some may say that Shun’s bravery and determination is an exception, what can we learn from Shun’s journey to success? Can we apply the same amount of willpower and determination in our own lives? Black Pearl believes “YES” and we are here to help you along the way!