Chasing a Golden Career: Edwin Moses

Chasing a Golden Career: Edwin Moses

Edwin Moses would like it to be known that Olympic athletes are made -- painstakingly -- not born. Here, he tells us about some of the principles that have underpinned his success, and that can apply to your own career, whether you're chasing Olympic gold, or just a promotion.

Chasing a Golden Career: Edwin Moses

First learn, then innovate ... "I won my first gold medal in '76. I was 20 years old, which is young by today's standards. I was right in the middle of my third year of college, studying physics and engineering, so I had a very good grounding in the mechanics of running."

Know the competition, know yourself ... "In any competitive environment, whether you're in sales or marketing or whatever it is, you have to know your competition, understand who they are, do intelligent analysis on them and then you have to know yourself -- who you are and what you're capable of doing.

"You have to know your external environment, as well. "

Make time for work and leisure ... "The way I look at it, there is a 'no-compression zone,' where you have your family, your personal life, things like your health and well being, a hobby, rest and relaxation."

Adapt methods to suit your own style ... "I always saw hurdles as a form of art, because it's very individual. One technique that may produce a world record for one guy could be useless for another guy. You really have to put it all together yourself. "That's what I did."

Seek out other innovators ... "I found ways to maintain my performance through working with professionals and doing things that other people weren't doing."

Be driven, but be ethical ... "In sports, there are people who, with the assistance of enablers and illegal substances can become better, and I find most of them would be mediocre without them."

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