Ian Thorpe one of the most successful swimmers of all times spoke this morning on Radio 4 about his attitude towards winning. I think he has won more medals than any other swimmer. He spoke about his secret for success – firstly he acknowledged that he had natural talent but so did many others. He put his success down to mental toughness and the ability to just keep going – he referred to it as a “mental thing”. Secondly, he stated that simply he trained harder than his competitors! This reminded me of a quote from Zig Ziglar – “there is no traffic jam on the extra mile”
This philosphy of thought resonated with what came out of a conference I spoke at the other week – a group of entrepreneurs referred to their success coming as a result of – tenacity, courage, determination, not taking no for an answer, innovation! All issues relating to having the right mindset!