Becoming a successful entrepreneur isn’t all about devoting your waking hours to the workplace in order to get your business off the ground. It’s also about building relationships, honing leadership skills, and learning as much as you can about human behavior. You’ll also need some leisure time to help you avoid burnout – but even that leisure time can offer opportunities to get ahead, including building leadership and teamwork skills.
With that in mind, here are some sports that can help entrepreneurs see even more success.
Who spends their time hanging out at golf courses and country clubs? Generally, people with money – who may also be looking for ways to spend their money. If that prospective angel investor asks you to give your pitch while hitting 18 holes, you need to be ready. If you don’t know the first thing about swinging a club, that angel investor might be more preoccupied with getting through the game and less about spending time talking about your business in between holes.
Golf is also beneficial for business because people of varying levels can all play together, suggests an article in The Economist.
It’s going to be a little bit of an investment to take up this sport, but think of how swank you’ll look in a golf polo.
Like golf, tennis is another game you can play one-on-one. It’s also a game that’s commonly played by the country club set. It doesn’t give you as much time to talk and to explain the details of your idea, but if an investor asks you over for a game, you’d better be ready with a killer serve.
Tennis has many parallels to the business life, suggests entrepreneur Gary Vaynerchuk. One big one: the fact that in tennis – and in business – you often need to readjust your strategy mid-stream in order to actually win the game.
You might have that ping pong table at the office, but when it comes to really getting in a good workout – as well as being available during business hours – you can get much more active than basketball. Playing for just 30 minutes at a time burns about 298 calories for a 155-pound person. That can help you stay in shape, and keep both your body and mind well-tuned. What’s more, team sports help you learn to persevere under pressure, size up your competition, and develop a winning spirit – all things that are going to come in handy when you’re trying to launch your new business.
If the thought of spending time at a country club – or a golf course – makes your entrepreneurial heart fill with dread, never fear. You have other options.
A study published by the EY Women Athletes Business Network and espnW in 2014 found that more than 50 percent of female executives were high school or college athletes – and only a paltry three3 percent played no sports at all. So, whether you join the local recreational league softball team, play pick-up basketball at your gym, take up rowing with a local crew, or do any other team sport, you’ll get to take advantage of the many benefits of team play.
Whether you take up golf, tennis or a team sport, the other advantage is that you’ll improve your fitness level, too – which can offer advantages to both your body and mind. And when you’re an entrepreneur struggling for your success, you need all the help you can get.