Business and sports are a lot alike. They’re demanding, competitive, and require a team-first mentality.
That’s why so many professional athletes have traded in their rackets, cleats, and jerseys for a career in business.
Here are eight athletes who brought their competitive drive and get-it-done mindset to the world of business, and learned how to win on a different kind of turf.
This tennis ace couldn’t wait for retirement to start her own company, and the seven-time Grand Slam singles champ now has an equally impressive business résumé as she does an athletic one.She is the founder and CEO of the clothing line, EleVen, and interior design company, V Starr Interiors. She told Forbes magazine, “I think as an athlete you’re always overcoming all kinds of challenges. That’s the name of sport — it’s a challenge. So definitely applying those lessons of perseverance and learning from mistakes and setting goals has definitely helped me in business.”
Howes left college early to pursue a career in professional football, but was sidelined from the sport with a career-ending injury shortly into his first season. He quickly switched gears, and turned his obsession for business and marketing into a multi-million dollar online media company, which aimed to educate people on how to grow their careers.He sold the education company to his partner two years ago, but continues to educate peoplethrough podcasts, articles, and public speaking. His athletic career resurfaced in 2012 when he was selected for the US national handball team.
The hockey legend traded in his career on ice for a career in business. He told the Financial Post, “You can’t just retire at the age 40 years old and play golf every day. I tried it for one year and you quickly find out it’s nice to be active.”The all-time leading goal scorer in the NHL chose to be active in the business world, and is now involved in several business ventures, including the “Wayne Gretzky’s” restaurant in Toronto, and Wayne Gretzky Estates Winery.
More information: Businessinsider