As both a professional athlete and an entrepreneur, you are going to have wins and you are going to have losses. The key to having endurance in either career is not letting the wins or the losses get to your head.
That’s according to Jeremy Bloom, who, at the ripe age of 33, is already a two-time Olympian and 11-time World Cup gold medalist skier, a former football player for the Philadelphia Eagles and the Pittsburgh Steelers, and an entrepreneur. In 2010, Bloom co-founded Integrate.com, a demand-generation marketing-software company. Five years later, the Scottsdale, Ariz.-based startup has 95 employees and is turning revenues in the mid-eight figures. (Bloom declined to be more specific on the revenue.)
In his time living in two worlds, Bloom learned that there are definite parallels and that the habits he developed as a professional athlete helped him become a successful entrepreneur.
“Whether you are Steve Jobs and you get fired from the company you started, or you are Michael Jordan and you get cut from your high school basketball team, inevitably, no matter who you are there are those ups and downs and points of failure,” Bloom says during an interview at the Entrepreneur 360 conference in New York City. Learning how to “not over-personalize” those swings either way is key to being able to keep moving forward on your journey with conviction, he says.
For more tips and to learn about the habits that Bloom developed as both an athlete and an entrepreneur, watch the video above.