Kick your year off with Ironman world champion Jan Frodeno!

The exceptional athlete about how to turn a challenge into an opportunity and why focus beats uncertainties all the time

While the whole world is still grappling with the effects of the current pandemic, this week’s podcast guest shows how to not let yourself being defeated by the uncertain circumstances: Jan Frodeno, the three times Ironman World Championship winner, Olympic winner, world record holder and entrepreneur who was our guest at our Bits & Pretzels Networking Week. 

He turned the obstacle into an opportunity, invented the first of its kind Ironman@home and turned it into a great success: 320 million people from 50 different countries watched Jan for eight and a half hours swim, cycle and run in his living room.

Not only did he raise 200k Euros for charity but his accumulated PR-value was estimated at 12 Million Euros - almost the same amount he gained from his victory at the world championship. 

After venturing into entrepreneurship himself he shared some learnings from his successful career in sports that have helped him navigate the business world: From 1) why failing and losing from time to time is necessary and 2) why a positive mindset is non-negotiable to 3) how he uses a launching rocket that is moving towards the sky as his personal mantra to focus, build his mental strength and blend out any noise around him.

Tune into Jan Frodeno’s live conversation with Britta Weddeling to get some inspiration and motivation for the year ahead and get 2021 kickstarted on the right foot.

02:30: How the idea for Jan’s Ironman@home was born
05:51: Jan’s advice for entrepreneurs: Be flexible in every situation!
07:21: „It’s all about believing in what you can do“
09:15: How to find what motivates you and how you can help others
11:35: Tell yourself: I want, I will, I can
13:02: Why you need to lose from time to time in order to learn
15:35: Set a high goal and break it down into small steps
19:02: Why running will help you find the best business idea
23:05: Curiosity is what will bring you forward

Production: Regina Körner, Migo Fecke (professional-podcast.com); Sophie Dechansreiter & Dina Zhakupova