As we watch Olympic athletes break world records, it’s hard to see that aside from talent, they also possess unique skills that help set them apart. These are known as POWER SKILLS that we at LeadersUp strive to empower our alumni with on their paths to success. Check out how seven top U.S. athletes use these power skills and let us know what skills you plan to start using today!
1. Planning for the Future & Beyond
Beyoncé said it best, “Dream it, work hard and grind till you own it.” From a young age, athletes like Aly Raisman practice for hours each day perfecting their craft. Knowing what you want helps you stay dedicated to your goals.
2. Attitude of Gratitude
Michael Phelps is the most decorated Olympian of all time, but it’s important for him to stay grounded and recognize everyone who has helped cheer him on. Always stay humble and remember the village of supporters who have helped you reach your goals.
3. Tell My Story
“I’m not the the next Usain Bolt or Michael Phelps. I’m the first Simone Biles,” said Simone in a recent interview. At a young age, Simone and her sister were placed into foster care because their mother was struggling with drugs. Her grandparents helped raise and supported Simone as she struggled with her confidence in gymnastics, and now she is the most decorated female gymnast in World Championships history.
4. Traits of Successful People
Like all Olympic athletes, Katy Ledecky knows what it means to be disciplined, to play on a team, to be accountable and to be resilient, but it’s traits like these that pay off on the world stage as she continues to break world records.
5. Me vs. We
At the Olympics, Simone Manuel represented not only herself, but the entire country. As the first African American woman to medal in an individual swimming event, she understands that the representation of her value has an effect on the representation of her team, family, and community.
6. Critical Thinking
Gabby Douglas has been under criticism for not placing her hand over her heart during the team competition medal ceremony. In the face of pressure, it takes critical thinking skills to formulate a response rather than delivering a reaction. So how does she react? She responded with gratitude and humility over the accomplishment and thanked fans for their support and even apologized for offending anyone.
7. Be Comfortable with Being Uncomfortable
Laurie Hernandez is the first Latina gymnast to participate in the Olympics since 1984 and the youngest member of the women’s gymnastics team. Rather than crack under pressure, Laurie wowed the world with her abilities. When you become comfortable with being uncomfortable, you not only exceed the expectations of others, but you also breakthrough the expectations you may have for yourself.