Along with the majority of the nation, this weekend's conversations in my local pub were dominated by the Olympics. One flippant comment in particular has been on my mind since: "There must be something in their brains that's different to the rest of us, that means they have to be the best, no matter what."
Whilst I cannot deny that the strength of determination in an Olympic athlete is stronger than the average person, is it really true that 'having to be the best' is an unusual trait?
During my time at Sellick Partnership I haven't met a single colleague who would be happy being anything but the best. However this urge manifests itself differently in each of us. As our recent company sports day proved, we are certainly not a group of exceptional (or even average) athletes! In us the urge manifests itself in the need to be the best recruiters in our area. To gain the strongest reputation in the market, and to earn the trust and respect of our clients.
A recent article in Flybe business magazine seemed to sum this up rather well:
"There are certain characteristics - determination, the will to succeed, inner strength - that professional sportsmen and successful businesspeople invariably have in common".
Although the rewards are very different, they are equally worth striving for. Few business people have their work praised with a gold medal, a rendition of the national anthem and the adoration of a nation. However, a successful quarter, an exceeded target or a sparkling recommendation on LinkedIn is enough to motivate a committed recruitment professional to keep going!