“I’ve missed more than 9000 shots in my career. I’ve lost almost 300 games. 26 times, I’ve been trusted to take the game winning shot and missed. I’ve failed over and over and over again in my life. And that is why I succeed.” –Michael Jordan
It’s hard to fully explain the feeling of a game time pressure situation if you have never experienced one. The thrill, competition, and heart racing moments of the final seconds of a game, to me, is one of the most rewarding and fulfilling experiences in life. There is nothing like hundreds of sets of eyes watching you perform in clutch situations. These types of pressure situations develop athlete’s character ready for the life of our high pressure business world.
Working under pressure builds and reveals character. Whether you’re taking the winning shot, last play with 4th and inches, or up to bat in the 9th inning, these pressure situations develop character. Some people crack and fold under pressure and some rise to the occasion. Participating in collegiate athletes helps individuals rise to the occasion and preform under pressure.
As an athlete I have learned that through athletics, we learn from our wins and losses. From experiencing these types of outcomes, we are not only prepared for them the next time they happen, but also for the “real-life” situations that parallel game win and losses. These experiences translate into the business world perfectly. There is always pressure in a company to perform from company decisions, timelines, etc. the lessons learned through athletics prepares individuals for these types of business situations.
Through pressure situations I personally have built character, confidence, and experience. Lessons learned through pressure situations add to the multiple qualities athletes gain through sport that translates into the business world.
For tips on Playing Well Under Pressure check out this article by Coach Jack Stallings- Former Head Baseball Coach at Georgia Southern University
What have you learned through your personal pressure situations? Comment below!