CAREER MANAGEMENT/VOLLEYBALL: Our Aussie guest Annette Lynch hurt her back in gymnastics when she was young and turned to volleyball as a cure. Turns out that she wasn’t half bad, making it to the Olympics in 2000 to play beach volleyball in front of a home crowd.
Her second (not so well kept secret) is that she is a retirement specialist. She retired three times in her active sports career. Her own struggle led her to develop a program to help athletes with their transition. She also published a book with the catchy title “Success beyond sport”.
“When I quit and felt miserable, I always had this feeling that I should be stronger than this. I was very competitive.”
But her moment of (final) retirement came:
“I remember the exact moment. It was during my last tournament. I wasn’t as engaged as my partner anymore. I was already looking at a new vision of where I wanted to go. That propelled me and moved me forward.
I wasn’t NOT doing something anymore… You need to chose what you are going to fill that vacuum up with.“
In this interview, she generously outlines the eight steps she proposes in her book to be successful beyond your sport.
8 step guide to be successful beyond your sport
From taking charge of your life (“As an athlete you take charge of your results, but now you need to take charge of your life”) to making it happen (“Taking responsibility and overcoming the obstacles to focus on the end goal”). Listen to the whole process in our interview by clicking the play arrow on top.
“It takes time for results to come. There’s training to happen, connections to be made. If you wait until you stopped playing, you will be struggling at the bottom for a while.”
Her Advice for players abroad
“Stay connected, ask for help, tell people if you are not doing so well. Make social connections beyond sports to find solutions for any feelings of isolation.”
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And If you still don’t think retirement and transition management is not important for athletes, read this article on Forbes on “How Star Athletes Deal with Retirement”
Photo Credit: Annette Lynch