Success means sacrifice
For both Dame Valerie Adams and David Beckham, athletic success wasn’t possible without making sacrifices along the way.
“The sacrifices that you have to make, getting that across to young kids is a tough one,” says Beckham. “They see all these great athletes playing and doing things at the highest level, and they think, ‘Oh that’s easy, maybe I’ll try that one day’.”
Even in retirement, Beckham reveals he still follows a regime of early bedtimes when playing a casual weekend game with friends. “When it’s in you, it’s in you,” he laughs.
For Dame Valerie Adams, ensuring she reaches her goals means sometimes having tough conversations with those around her.
“I like to describe it as the ‘Val-bus’, and we’re on a journey to a competition,” she says. “I am the driver… Because, ultimately, I’m responsible for who’s on the bus. If I see that you’re slacking, or not bringing value, I’ll be quite happy to kick you off until you sort out what you need. Then I’ll pick you up at the next bus stop.”