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Why is it so hard for people to take athletes seriously beyond the sport?
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Iris Chijioke
Sep 12, 2020
It's interesting. I think the further removed you are from your athlete experience the less you lean on it in corporate settings as a way to differentiate yourself and get yourself in the door. From my experience I think at that point your athlete background or relationship/interest in sports can be something that can help you share common ground with those you are interviewing with or that you have as colleagues, because at the end of the day we are all still people and it can just become one of many points or interests to grow relationships with colleagues beyond just professional, and I do believe there is that desire to connect with those you spend so much time with beyond what can be just a unidimensional work perspective. I've experienced comments from colleagues and professionals who have voiced beliefs that athletics is the sole reason minorities and people of color are even capable of making it into elite institutions and prominent professional opportunities. I truly believe that that kind of limiting view towards student and professional athletes has more to say about that individual, and their lack of exposure to diverse and multi talented individuals that know how to practice and exercise discipline to finetune their skill sets, elevate it, and apply it to any setting where there is that expectation to perform - athletic or otherwise. I think it's up to you how you want and choose to capitalize on your athletic experiences with the skills and method of execution it has instilled in you for how you deliver in any setting.
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