The world’s highest paid people can be found in a small amount of industries. In particular; professional sports and technology.
The jock and nerd battle is not a new one. We can all recall this standoff throughout our school years in different forms. Two distinct classes of students competing for respect, each bearing a distinguishable set of self defining trademark behaviours and skills.
While the geek and athlete categories by definition appear to be poles apart, you may be surprised to learn they’re more alike than you realise. Here’s why:
Elite Geeks and Athletes are both:
The harsh reality is, irrespective of our area of focus, the best of us don’t always succeed and life isn’t always fair to those who deserve fairness. In the modern world, it can be easy to forget we still live in a relative jungle; dense, dangerous and unforgiving, one erroneous move and (chomp!) you can be devoured without warning.
So, to compete, succeed and stay ahead, you will need to be smarter, go deeper. You need to be stronger, fitter. You will need to be more determined, resilient. You will need to be strategic, more cunning than your competitors. And you will need to be surrounded with like minded, supportive people.
When you tap into and harness both your (inner) elite geek and athlete you give yourself an unfair advantage. Remember, the game of business was not designed to be fair, so embrace it.