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Commitment critical to top performers in business and sport

Worls walking champion Rob Heffernan is to address the InBusiness InCork 2013 conference today.

The world of high performance sport and business have a lot in common. The belief in self, blind determination to succeed, endless toil and the thrill of success are traits shared by entrepreneurs and top athletes alike.

Rob’s World Championship winning time was the fastest time in the world in 2013 by more than three minutes. His achievement in Moscow earlier this year was the culmination of more than 15 years of training, perseverance and the highs and lows of competitive sport. Rob’s early amateur days saw him delivering coal to homes in Cork to fund his training requirements and “put food on the table”. Entrepreneurs will relate to this, as the early days of a startup are equally tough in terms of financial return and revenue generation. However, the drive to succeed and a will to win bring their own rewards, and with each new deal and each new win, passion and determination are fuelled once again to drive both entrepreneur and athlete on to even greater success.

Frustration with injuries and disappointment at results are part and parcel of Rob’s story. The ups and downs of business can be equally draining. But there’s something to be learned from every experience, and failing often breeds success in a strange way.

For real inspiration and absolute motivation in business, don’t miss the opportunity to hear Rob Heffernan’s story of how he became a World Champion.


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