Regardless of the sport or the level, such attributes carry sway in pretty much every walk of life from personal relationships to business deals.
Acquiring such skills in sport is an organic process. Knowing when they’ll need to be applied outside sport is less scientific. How can you plan for a future when you don’t know when that future will begin?
“My thought process was always in four years cycles,” Jennie recalls. “It was hard for me to think longer term.
“It was so intense and I could get distracted so I tried to solely focus on one thing. It seemed normal but you’re not building for a future.”
For semi-professional athletes, one thing can’t always be the focus, especially when bills need paying. Balancing sport and a job is not always a choice.
For any athlete, the skills gained from piercing that bubble can really make the difference.
Jennie started building her future with a part time job in PR whilst still training towards the 2008 Olympics.
“It was my first exposure to the real world. I wasn’t cocooned just in elite sport,” she continues. “I was meeting business people and it was completely alien.
“I didn’t know how the world works. I was in a little bubble, a great bubble but it was tough adapting to work and training.
“That said, it made me a more rounded person and I was better handling the situation when I retired because I had something to fall back on, something to fill that void.
“If I hadn’t had that job to go to, I would have found that transition when I retired very difficult.”
Jennie has successfully transitioned out of sport, and flown out of her comfort zone again in creating Gold Ambassadors, a consultancy working with athletes, celebrities, agencies, governing bodies and the media.
Not easy. But she’s not alone either.
Regardless of the sport, whether the pressure is paying the mortgage or battling addiction, the plight and the journey has been experienced by others before.
Sportspeople do struggle. Sportspeople do become successful. Sportspeople are armed with a variety of skills to positively enhance their professional lives.
And that’s worth shouting about.