Weekly Inspiration: Influential people in sport- how the experts stay motivated
#StaiyCurious: Being an elite athlete takes a unique set of skills to master their craft. To embrace this life of dedication to your sport requires a mentality that not many people possess. All over the world, in every different discipline, these athletes are admired for their hard work, drive, and pure talent. Many of them have intense regimented lifestyles that keep them motivated and make them be able to give the best of themselves in every competition.
Sailing: Ben Ainslie
Sir Ben Ainslie is not just any sailor, but the best professional Olympic athlete in this sports history. Now he is also a motivational speaker and talks about his experience to others to encourage them to outdo themselves. He highlights in his speeches the importance of commitment, focus and knowing how to set goals. Even when one has reached his best levels of performance, there is always room for enhancement, and Ben can prove it with his experience.
Surfing: Kelly Slater
American Kelly Slater has all of it. He is one of the biggest names in surfing, has won 11 world championships, and has turned his love for surfing into motivational speaking and entrepreneurship. He mentions that there is no top athlete in any sport that is fully satisfied and secure in what they do. If they were, they wouldn't strive to be better and do more. Kelly encourages you to not lose heart by always looking ahead.
Equestrian: Meredith Michaels-Beerbaum
Back in 2004, this American-German national became the first woman to be ranked at the number one rider in the world, won three World Cup finals, and many other accolades. In several interviews, Meredith discusses the importance of never giving up and always pursuing your dreams. In sport, as in life, there are always challenges, failures, and defeats that come along the way. Meredith encourages young riders and young people in any sport to remember why you are there when times get tough. To remember to keep your heart in it.
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