What enables elite athletes to change sports? Is this the same as business professionals changing careers?

Just like a new sport, there is technical knowledge and expertise required in a new role whether this is acquiring industry knowledge, adapting to new processes, gaining an understanding of your offering, or learning new technical competencies such as a new programming language or how to use new tools and machinery.

If sporty people have physical fitness, can business people have professional fitness?

In the same way physical fitness transcends different sports and physical activities, professional fitness transcends different roles, professions and industries. Athletes with greater physical fitness can compete at higher levels of sporting competition. Similarly, individuals with more developed professional fitness can succeed in roles with greater levels of complexity.

Professional fitness is about developing a balanced, well-rounded combination of soft skills that enables individuals to succeed in their role, at their level of capability and experience.

Physical fitness is something that’s separate and independent of the sport itself, it’s all about the individual. That is, if an individual has physical fitness (strength, agility, speed and endurance) then they are more likely to be able to adapt to and excel in any sport they play.

Sure, there are some technical elements that need to be acquired such as craftsmanship (e.g. how to swing a racquet) and knowledge (e.g. where to kick the ball). There are also some cultural elements such as interactions (gameplay) and behaviour (gamesmanship), but these are about the sport itself and therefore differ from sport to sport.

Isn’t this exactly the same as when you change roles and careers? Just like a new sport, there are technical elements required in learning a new role whether this is acquiring industry knowledge, adapting to new processes, gaining an understanding of your product, or learning new technical competencies such as a new programming language or how to use new tools and machinery. There are of course also cultural elements associated with a new environment that need adjusting to.

Physical Fitness refers to the 4 core transferrable skills required for any athletic sport: Strength, Agility, Speed and Endurance. Professional Fitness refers to the to the 4 core transferrable skills required for any business role: Communication, Analysis, Design and Engagement.

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