Five tips to take you to the top
Story by Claire Sykes ('81)
In her book, “Become an Ironman: An Amateur’s Guide to Participating in the World’s Toughest Endurance Event,” (Meyer & Meyer Sport, 2008), Cherie Gruenfeld discusses the “Critical Success Factors” athletes need to make it through a 140.6-mile triathlon.
“I believe that the Critical Success Factors are basically the same in all aspects of life,” says Gruenfeld. “What served me well in my days as a teacher and in business are the same principles that help me be successful as an athlete.” She advises:
• Always have goals. Be passionate about them and stay focused on them. And continually track your progress against your objectives.
• Believe in yourself. Let no one tell you something is impossible. Have faith in your dreams and your ability to accomplish them.
• Don’t be afraid to fail. The only failure is not trying. Let your mistakes and mishaps serve as teaching tools, and go at it again.
• Be willing to work hard. Nothing worth having comes without some effort. Put your head down and do the work.
• Never, ever give up. It may not work the first time, but keep going. If it’s important enough to you, you need to stick with it, no matter what.