The Life Skills Sports Teach Us

The Life Skills Sports Teach Us

Research after research has shown a clear link between sports-playing children and success at the workplace. Kids who take part in sports at an earlier age earn more, are promoted faster, and are considered leaders in the boardroom. There are various possible reasons why this is the case including: 

  • Teamwork + Communication + Social Skills + Leadership
  • Even individual athletes have to function in a team. There is a coach/trainer, doctor, nutritionist, etc. Being part of a team immediately impacts a child’s communication skills which, in turn, enhances their social skills. They are then able to motivate, empathize, and sympathize with their peers resulting in traits of a leader.       

  • Competition + Sportsmanship
  • By instilling competition and sportsmanship, kids learn the balancing act between being motivated but considerate and gracious. Remember the popular maxim, “it’s not about whether you win or lose, but how you play the game.”    

  • Time and Pressure Management + Decision making and Analysis
  • Every sport has a time limit and every sport comes with its own unique pressure situations. If you are exposed to these earlier, you will learn faster (hopefully). Also, any sport is determined by analysing the conditions and making a decision accordingly. Again, the more conditions a child can face, the more they can experiment and learn. 

  • Commitment + Discipline + Patience
  • As Muhammad Ali once said, “Champions have to have the skill and the will. But the will must be stronger than the skill.”

  • Criticism + Self-assurance + Confidence
  • “You miss 100% of the shots you don’t take”, Wayne Gretzky. Yanni you have to shoot, you have to miss, you have to learn and grow.  

  • Following the Rules and Getting Back Up
  • Like life, every sport has rules that need to be followed and played in accordance with. Also like life, sports/games/matches will knock you down, sometimes even out, but you have to get back up and try, try again!