Career Tips From Usain Bolt

In case you forgot, Usain Bolt is an eight-time Olympic Gold medalist. His career as a 100meter sprinter has put him on the global map and he has been at it for a decade. The Jamaican has honestly enjoyed a massive career as an athlete and he has made many people aspire to join that field. I guess one of his highlights that I remember is when he came to Kenya and made that dab pose with the then President Mwai Kibaki.

I read online that Usain Bolt had talked about transitioning to football prior to quitting as a runner in 2017. Did you know about this? Him quitting and deciding to join football caused a bit of a laugh which is understandable because it was unexpected.

We can learn a few things from our stars as I had talked about it here with Drake. Here are a few career tips that I picked from Usain Bolt;

  1. Bloom where you are planted

This is basically saying, shine in whatever you do. For Usain, all he had to do was run like his life depended on it (which it did by the way) and voila! What will make you the best in your field? I think, even outdoing your fellow colleagues at work is enough. You don’t need to win an award for the best engineer but if you can be the employee of the month at least once, congrats.

2. Challenge yourself

Twitter is full of accounts that post quotes (that will you probably skip a lot) and one that you’ve definitely seen is, “if it scares you, do it.” When I was looking for an internship position, I applied in places I knew they wouldn’t even consider me because I was still a little wet behind the ears but I tried nonetheless. That’s how you get your foot in the door.

3. Quit when you’re ready

I am very risk-averse which has worked to my advantage. I offer good advice so I will say it again, always do it when you’re ready. Yup, free falling isn’t for everyone.

4. Stay ready

I did not know this but I just found out that Usain is also training as a footballer with Borussia Dortmund. In February this year, he also trained with South Africa’s Mamelodi Sundowns club.


About Anthony Mbugua

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