Did you know I was a gymnast for a solid decade? 10 YEARS of conditioning, routines, and always working on a new, harder skill.⠀ ⠀ It used to be a massive part of my identity and often makes its way into my current professional life. ⠀ ⠀ Here’s how: ⠀ ⠀ 1. Time management. ⠀ When you’re working out 4-5 hours a day, 6 days a week, you have to become SO good at time management. Between practice, school, and family time, my days were scheduled to the minute most of my grade school years. That rigorous routine has definitely transitioned into my work life and really helps me stay on top of my tasks. ⠀ ⠀ 2. Taking correction. ⠀ Any athlete knows that being corrected and constructively criticized is a way of life in sports. It becomes extremely natural to take the correction and try to do better next time. When breaking into the working world it was mind blowing to me how bad grown adults were at taking criticism. On several occasions I would witness people justify, deflect, or blame someone else when needing improvement. I’m so grateful that I learned this skill early on, and can be self accountable in my work. ⠀ ⠀ 3. Commitment and dedication. ⠀ I dedicated myself to gymnastics for 10 years. Never took a break or took a season off for another sport. This level was a little intense, but I find that same loyalty and dedication throughout my work life. Future Boss Lady took hundreds and hundreds of hours but I never walked away. This is absolutely a mindset that I owe purely to that athletic background. ⠀ ⠀ How many of you were athletes? What was your sport? How do your past experiences translate into your work? Please share in the comments below!