3 Traits for Success That You Should Learn from Olympians

By Genevieve Cunningham

There’s nothing hotter right now than the Olympics. We’re all watching, admiring the competitors for their incredible hard work and ultimate achievements. Sometimes it’s quite the wake-up call to see these young adults reaching such huge heights. It’s easy to think a 16-year-old has a gold medal; what am I doing with my life? If you’ve thought this to yourself, don’t worry, you’re in good company. We all want to be our best, and when we watch others doing their best, it gives us the urge to be more and do better. While we can’t all be Olympians, we can make some small changes in our lives to push us to new heights and help us achieve more. Check out these three tips for staying motivated and focused that might help you become successful in your own life.


We actually live in a world with less commitment than ever before. Fewer people are getting married. Fewer are buying houses. Fewer are making those long-term commitments. But if you want to be successful, whether it be in your job, fitness, or something else, being absolutely committed is necessary. Olympians are successful because they are committed to their journey. Learn how to commit yourself to the project in front of you and you’ll find more success than ever before.


You don’t know it all. We all like to think that we do … but we definitely have plenty of learning to do along the way. If there is one thing that Olympians have over the rest of us, it’s that they’re incredibly coachable. They are constantly learning and adapting. They don’t know it all, and they’re not afraid to admit it. If you truly want to be successful, you have to be willing to ask someone who knows more than you, and then listen to the advice given.


Olympic athletes aren’t cutting any corners. When the average person quits after a couple of tries, the Olympian does the skill over and over and over again. Sticking with something is half the battle. Persevere through the hard times. Practice again and again. And after you think you’ve got it down, do it again. This is one of the biggest traits that sets the greats apart from the good.

You don’t have to win a gold medal to be successful. Maybe you want to lose 10 pounds or get a promotion at work or build a business from the ground up. Whatever your goals, accepting and practicing these three traits are crucial to your long-term success. Go hard and don’t give up. Olympians aren’t made in a day, and neither is your personal success. With the right attitude and some serious hard work, you can reach your goals and be the gold medal winner of your own life.

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