Running yields success; many Executives, CEOs, Entrepreneurs and Managers are runners, but it is not only financial or professional success. Many athletes who occupy low-key jobs such as security guards have shown that running can give life success and contentment.
Having said that, the true meaning of success is living a balanced and fulfilling life. Actually, setting goals is very vital in achieving success; you cannot accomplish anything significant in the absence of clear and powerful goals. One of the main reasons that runners are more likely to be successful is that they set goals all the time.
Runners measure progress; that is why they are obsessed with gadgets which measure almost everything (heart rate, speed, distance, etc.). They analyze all the data to measure progress. Runners also value time; one second late can shatter one’s dreams. To runners, one second is the difference between tears of joy and tears of sadness, and the difference between a medal and non- acknowledgement.
Training for long distance marathons requires self- discipline, consistency and effort, so runners are highly disciplined. They go through periods of fatigue (physically and mentally), injuries and illness and they endure challenges like the tough weather conditions, but they know how to overcome obstacles.
Runners are patient; they understand that patience is the best way to get success. Patience builds endurance and teaches humility; it is non-negotiable. Runners know that competing with others is great and makes you a better person, but competing against yourself is the ideal.
That way, you do not get devastated by other people’s success and you do not get jealous because you know your time will come to succeed. Whether it is training or race events, runners meet a lot of people and through this interaction they build relationships and networks, which are necessary to success.