Get yourself inspired for your career

Work can be challenging on the one hand, on the other hand you’ll find days where time just won’t pass. And that’s what this blog is for.
The single posts will bring you motivation at work or could even inspire you for a new job. All in all, it’s about spicing up your career – whether it is about getting promoted or just new ways of spending your work day. For example, did you know that doing sports regularly or the way you spend your lunch break could boost your career?

So, whenever we see an interesting Ted Talk about work or take a break from our work by brainstorming about ideas how to stay motivated, you’ll find our results in this blog. Find yourself some inspiration & motivation!

 

5 reasons why you should look for a sports job abroad

How about looking for a sports job internationally instead of your home country? Working abroad can kickstart your career in the sports business.
Today the change of location within Europe is easily performed and even enjoyable, so how about realigning yourself with a new sport job abroad ? It doesn't matter whether you are looking for a change yourself or got offered a new position in another country by a Headhunter, we would definitely recommend you to at least consider moving. To sum this blog up before we even start: A sport job abroad will benefit your hard and soft skills, your personality, your professional network and might even bring the step forward in your career that you've been longing for.Do you feel something tickle in the back of your mind? That's probably your wanderlust that tells you to get up and just go for it.Here's 5 reasons why you should look for a new job in a different country:

Some sport jobs can only be found in a particular region

Sport companies often settle in regions where you can also perform the sports that they're specialised on. To concretize: You'll find companies concerning Ski, Snowboard and Mountain activites in alpine regions, see Blue Tomato in Schladming (Austria). Water sports like surfing or wakeboarding on the other hand build up their headquarters close to the ocean or a lake, see Quiksilver in St. Jean de Luz (France). Then, there's sport jobs in sport clubs or leagues which are often based in the cities their team plays for. If you want to work in these companies, a move is almost always necessary. Even if it means relocating to a small mountain village when you used to live in the city. As a plus, outdoor enthuasiasts normally benefit a lot from this as they can finally perform their favourite activity all-year-round and outside of holiday times.

A fresh start: Let's go on an adventure

Sometimes moving isn't the result of a job search, but the desire for excitement and a refreshment of your life. Especially if you've been stuck in a city that you could never warm up to or just got a little bored of. If you have the advantage of being flexible and without (too much) obligations, how about trying something new? Finding yourself in an unknown place might make you feel a little uncomfortable at first, but the experience will support you develop yourself, your mind's strength and your personality in a way that you probably didn't expect. In the end, this will also affect your career.

Get an international insight on the sports industry

The sports industry is a worldwide business. A lot of companies, especially the big players like adidas, Intersport or VF, act internationally, with hubs and shops all over Europe. Furthermore, they expand their sales on other continents with the help of e-commerce. As you might know, different cultures are accompanied by different market conditions and customer's needs, which results in specialised Marketing strategies, product management & design, and so on. Working abroad gains you a better understanding of the culture and market of a country - which will come in handy if you work in an internationally operating company.

... and improve your CV

Hands down: If you've worked in another country, learned about a different culture, this experience will stand out in your CV and will increase your chances to get hired. Also, it represents openness, self-confidence and flexibility - and normally goes hand in hand with great language skills.

Kick up your salary

Even though, I'd personally always choose a good team and a job that I love over better payment, for others the value of work is measured in money. (Which is absolutely ok!). Getting promoted isn't the only chance to increase your salary, sometimes moving to a different country brings the desired effect. As a Marketing Manager in the sports business for example, you'll earn more in Switzerland than in Germany or in Austria.However, higher payments are often accompanied by higher costs of living (especially with an increased lifestyle). You might earn double in Switzerland compared to Austria, but in the end, the rents and even groceries are more expensive, too.

 

Why your degree doesn’t matter – or: How to choose your own career path

How dramatically we can change our own career paths is largely a question of motivation. Merely 20 years ago, the steps you took as an adolescent decided your future career. However, nowadays your study or apprenticeship can be seen as an orientation at most.This is a plea for all the freethinkers out there: Follow your passion and get a job outside of your college major. Let us tell you why - and how.

Should I be brave? The advantages of lateral entrants

A study in 2010 found out that only one quarter of college graduates worked in a job that was related to their field of studies. As a conclusion, 75% of all majors end up using their learned skills in completely different sectors - for example in the sports business: „There have been more lateral entrants, especially in departments like E-Commerce, Digital, Sales and Marketing. Something which has been impossible in the past. Times are changing.“, says Andy Gugenheimer, professional Headhunter and Sportyjob founder.A look at our our own Candidate database proves the variety of experience. Of course, there’s graduates who studied sports, who studied business, but also engineers, biologists, teachers, psychologists, .. What we see in it, is a colorful mix of abilities and experience - a big advantage for every company.Lateral entrants provide great talents: They introduce techniques to solve tasks outside of the regular scheme, by bringing in methods from other fields or just a completely different way to look at given challenges. Furthermore, they contribute motivation and passion , because they CHOOSE what they want to be, something which can energize a whole team.Just hiring the most experienced in a related field might cost many companies fantastic employees. Diversity holds the key to a team complementing each other with their different skills.

How to get a job outside of your former experience

Can I get hired without the right degree or former experience in the job? Of course! It will be a challenge to convince a recruiter that you are the perfect candidate. But with a combination of passion, organisation, effort and endurance, you will work it out. It’s up to you.

1. It all starts with your own will

You’re not forced to continue working in a job that you don’t like and which doesn’t yield the advantages you’re looking for. Choose a new destination and start your way. It needs a lot of willpower, but it will change your life for the better.

2. Define your goals

What’s your passion or what are you interested in? Is there a specific company, department, position, … that you’re dreaming of? Set your goals and see what it takes. If you lack the skills, you know what’s up next: Invest in yourself.

3. Earn the necessary skills

Even without studying a field or working in it before, you can achieve the knowledge to work some magic in a job. You will have to invest some time (and money) and face a lot of additional work. See which skills are required and acquire them. You want to program websites? Teach yourself HTML. Online Marketing? Learn about SEO straight from Google. A good way to do so is with online courses - here’s some platforms that offer paid and free courses: Free courses to advance your career - some of them even by elite universities. Just remember: You can try any discipline - and make it your own.

4. Believe in yourself: Present your own skills

„Anything that brushes up your CV is helpful - and you might end up with interviews that you weren’t expecting.“ The best advice Andy can give you. If you’re lacking experience, give personnel managers something else instead that they can work with.Like we said before, lateral entrants carry a variety of abilities from other fields. Whether it’s additional language skills, analytical techniques, communication skills - you definitely have a lot of talents. Believe in them.For example, Baristas and Waiters bring along extraordinary stress resistance and social skills. They are very service orientated, are able to figure out their client’s needs and solve problems if something doesn’t work according to plan. Magic for every Sales department.

5. Show your passion

Nothing flatters a personnel manager like someone who’s passionate about working with them. Since you decided on changing your life and setting a new course to fit their needs, make it count. In your application letter or an interview, let them know what you learned and achieved. A great way to do so, is by handing in a Video CV. Not only will it stand out, but it’s also your chance to present your soft skills and your motivation instead of relying on experience and abilities on paper.If you want to give it a try, read our guide „How to do a video resume“.

Sleep your way to the top: How sports companies help their employees rest

Activity and exercise are known to be two factors to be more successful in your sports job and your life in general. The other side of the medal though centers on the complete opposite: It’s about a good night’s sleep or your rest throughout the day. 
Unfortunately, in the 21st century sleep is put on the sideline as a consequence of bigger work loads, greater focus on careers and actually, the digital media. In the last 60 years, our society reduced their sleeping amount per night from 8 hours to 6 and a half, ignoring the importance of a rested mind. What follows is sleep deprivation in big parts of our society, resulting in mental and physical health problems. Even the minor effects of insufficient sleep already effect our daily tasks negatively, leaving us unconcentrated and unproductive at work. Logically concluded, being well rested is important for your job - something more and more sports companies understand.

What happens when we sleep?

Even nowadays, neuroscientists still didn’t discover completely what happens in our brain when we are asleep. There are several theories though which seem very likely and fit the results you might notice yourself.It seems that during your sleeping phase, your brain processes all impressions you made during the day, be it aware or subconscious. When you sleep, these things that you learned, will be committed to your memory.Something else you probably noticed is how your brain activities will tire you - how at the end of a stressful day you can’t concentrate that well and have problems memorizing things. So at night, or even during a power nap, your mind is able to power up again, to restore its resources so to speak.In consequence, if you manage to rest well during the night, your concentration and awareness improve. You’ll be more creative, social, productive, better in problem solving, just to name a few. On the other hand, your stress level is reduced, resulting in a more balanced mood and this way, in an improved ability to make (good) decisions. Overall, your mind and body are healthier.

How sports companies support the rest of their employees

Modern sports companies nowadays focus a lot on the well being of their employees. It doesn’t come as a surprise that most sports companies contain fitness and workout areas, yoga studios or even special sports facilities like a boulder wall (adidas) or a skatepark (Quiksilver). Furthermore, a lot of companies over flexible hours so the working times are timed around your own schedule, depending on whether you are a morning or an evening person.But there are some who take the well-being of their employee’s on a next level, knowing about the importance of rest and sleep to increase producitivy, creativity and overall the employee’s happiness. The trend of napping areas or boozes that we find at Google, Uber and Co. have also been adapted by the sports business, but there are three sports companies who bring a nap break from work to the next level.

Adidas

adidas in Herzogenauch more or less „killed“ the regular working space when they developed their „MyArena“ concept in 2015. Instead of working in your office, adidas employees in the „Pitch“-building have a free desk choice every day, a game room, 360 degree brain storming rooms and all the other fun stuff that creates an inspiring working atmosphere.Apart from the possibility to work in a free environment, they also realized the importance of resting in between working hours: „Using short breaks to revitalize actively helps to stay focussed and creative“. That’s why their recreation area has a room equipped with massage chairs to take a quick nap and recover in between a busy working day.
 

Nike

Where there’s adidas, Nike’s never far away. According to Forbes, Nike is the number one employer of the sports industry in the US. Their employees are satisfied with the working atmosphere and the benefits. A big part of it sure is their attitude towards well rested employees: In their headquarters in Oregon, they provide cozy resting areas for their staff. In quiet rooms with comfortable couches and chill music, it is allowed to nap and rest to gain new energy for ongoing projects.

Puma

Puma structured their benefits into 4 main piles to guarantee their team’s satisfaction.„We cannot perform well unless we feel comfortable in our work environment, and companies wishing to retain their employees over the long term must be aware of this fact.“Apart from social and structural benefits, Puma focuses a lot on the mental and physical health, offering sport and leisure activities as well as massages and physiotherapy to reduce stress. Their „mental wellbeing“ pile, however, uses an extraordinary approach to relax the mind’s of their team even away from the job: By offering special trainings on how to manage stress or achieve a better work-life balance, they actively support the ability to rest after work and sleep better at night.

Do I have to be sportive to apply for a sport job?

Sport jobs are currently high on demand: The fitness sector is booming and so new positions are frequently advertised. But a sport job, even when called this way, does not necessarily have to be physically demanding. Most of the offers at Sportyjob, for example, are actually in administative or creative departments.

So there's the question popping up: Do I have to be athletic to work in sports? A classic yes-but-no-situation.

Your own interests in sports decide how you do your work

Careers in online marketing, sponsoring management, sportswear designer or brand manager (...) are mainly office-based sport jobs. Truth be told: There's a lot of sitting involved - so you probably even like your little workout at the end of the day. Nevertheless, being athletic is not necessarily important to get hired or to do a good job. Here's the big BUT - You should still bring along some sport-affinity. The named careers all have one thing in common: You need to know what your peer group wants and needs. This means you should be able to put yourself into the position of an athlete and have detailed knowledge about the discipline your sport job is all about. Of course, being a big fan of it without executing can still give you a lot of expert knowledge, but the little details - that's something you figure out when you get active yourself.

You can choose to get active to do a better job

We learned that you don't have to challenge yourself, as long as you do an intensive examination of the regarding discipline. Anyway, the time you spend reading (or watching) about it would also be a great chance to actually try it instead. Through this active preoccupation with your the field of your sport job, you will probably end up way more motivated, creative and authentic. A product designer for snowboards will achieve no credibility if he doesn’t know how to ride snowboards.

The sports industry wants experts in their fields

The industry has a similar opinion on this. Often, you will find former professional athletes in the office careers of Red Bull Media, adidas & co. As they bring a huge amount of sport-specific knowledge along, they are also perfect contributors for business development (Sales, Product Development, Marketing - every department). Even though an event manager for sport competitions may not compete anymore, thanks to his experiences he will have the perfect concept for the event.No need to run the New York Marathon next year, but if you go running every couple of days, developing a communication plan for the social media channels of runtastic gets a lot easier, don't you think?

Calling passionate non-athletes: Please apply anyway

Don't feel the pressure to become a professional athlete now. Sports companies are looking for the same hard and soft skills as any other companies. So if you are not an active person, this doesn't mean you can't apply for a sport job. If you are intested in the company, the job and bring knowledge, skills or hidden talents, there's almost no employer who wouldn't like to get to know you. What we tried to make clear in this post, is that the only thing really essential for a job in the sports industry is passion. You see: the group of friends kicking a ball on the street, the boy playing a match every weekend with his amateur team, his family cheering on the side of the field, the soccer fan watching every single match of their favorite team live or on TV, Cristiano Ronaldo being a professional football player - they all have one thing in common. And that's the passion for a sports. A sport job you have no affinity for, no connection to or at least a relation on a mental level won’t be an ideal career for you.

 

How to do a Video Resume – Your 3 minutes to shine

How about extending your application to another channel? A video resume is a great chance to stand out and not only show your skills, but also your personality. Especially in modern times, it's a no-brainer to use the possibilities technology & the web offers for getting the job you want.  A paper or electronic CV (PDF or form), of course, is still required by almost every sports company. However, it's a one dimensional medium and limits your communication to the written word and a little design to express your character. A moving video, on the other hand, adds depth to your profile. Use it to introduce yourself, your communication skills, your confidence, maybe even your humour - precious soft skills that a lot of jobs ask for.

It might take some time to prepare, film and edit it. But: Your effort will definitely pay off for your job search!

If you want to give it a try: This is how to make a video resume.

The technology

What do you need for a video resumé?First, you'll need a video camera with a good resolution, 1080px or more. You don't want to send out a blurry video of yourself which distorts your face (in rare cases it might improve the situation, but don't count yourself as one of them).  New smartphones and notebooks actually do great videos, so you could even use a handheld device. Be sure to check the settings and adjustment before, so you film it in high quality.If you own a camcorder or can borrow one from a friend, this might be easier. Nowadays, most of them have a turnable screen, so you can watch yourself while filming. To get a steady picture, please use a tripod.After filming, you will need an editing program for your Notebook. To keep it easy, you'll probably need it mostly for cropping the video, so Windows Movie Maker or iMovie suffice.Since the file will be BIG, you can't just send it over via e-mail. The best way is actually to upload it to a video portal, Youtube for example, and add the video link to your application. Watch your username though - an application for a sport management job by user "ifarted69" might not be taken seriously.
Here's an example by Laura Harris who does a great job in introducing herself in only 2 minutes:

The setting

Try to choose a nice setting, no matter if just a white wall or sandy beaches - everything is possible. One of our candidates once placed her  video interview in front of a wall-sized window facing the alps with snow covered mountains behind her, right after coming back from Snowboarding. That definitely left an impression - especially as she was applying for a well-known winter sports company! Most suitable is a background that matches your personality and somehow sparks interest in watching your video. In any case try to avoid recording other people and better don't do your clip outside, unless you find a quiet place with good light.

Preparation

Dress up accordingly to the job you want to apply forPay attention to all the factors that you are also considering when having a real job interview - a good overall impression. This doesn't mean to dress up - a video CV is a medium to express yourself.  Dress like you normally would - this could be formal or sporty, depending on the position.Remember the candidate in the alps? Her fresh-out-of-the-snow look wasn't all tidied up, but fit the character of the company, showed her passion and love for outdoor sports and created an easy-going atmosphere for the introduction. That's one of the advantages of the video CV - you can really express who you are and what makes you special. Dare to be yourself and show it.

Wrinkles? No worries!

Who is concerned regarding discrimination - no worries, there has been a conference of the commission of employment law in 2010, with the outcome that video resumes have to be judged by the same, objective criteria as the written ones. That means you won't have any trouble with your holiday pounds or grey hair.

 

The content

When it comes to the content of your speech you really need to kick ass in these few minutes to get your dream management or marketing sportjob. This is going to be tough. To be honest, I tried endless times to make the perfect video. In the end I had to accept that there is none. Still, no one is flawless and your video will still be able to impress when done right. So, according to my own tests, here's some hints what to look out for:Make a planLet's start! And stop! After 10 "ehm" in the first 30 seconds, because I wasn't sure what to say, I can tell you: Starting to talk without any plan does not work. Unless you're a natural free speaker, then just go ahead! Work out a script, a red thread to follow.  Your video won't convince anyone if you stutter or jump from one topic to the next and back.Keep it shortNow fully planned, my agenda will tell you step by step what to do: Introduction – What makes you special – Why are you the perfect choice for this sport job. If, after 10 minutes of recording, you are still talking about your former experiences - that's too long.Set a time for the whole interview and each part. Less than 3 minutes will suffice to shine. The video is supposed to give the company a glimpse of who you are and make them curious enough that they want to get to know you. It's similar to a good presentation: Keep a clock in hand sight and decide how much time you want to use for each topic.  This way, you won't loose track.Control your body languageAfter your first recording, re-watch the material. Even when your language is optimized, you'll probably realise that your body language might be a little off. For example: Whilst watching my results, I am noticing that my eyes wander around the room, and after 1 minute I get a little too comfortable in my seat. Also, I am horribly waving my arms around at one point.A lot of people that try to be convincing are flailing horribly with their arms. There is no problem about that if you are having a face to face conversation, but if you only have a small display window to present yourself, it is better to be a bit reserved. Also, sit straight and smile, that shows confidence, you can even lean in a little - and look into the camera. When your future employer watches the video, it will seem as if you keep eye contact. That's great!Retry until it's perfect Probably one of the biggest advantages about this kind of resumé:You can try and try and try…

Taken as a whole, generating a video CV doesn't sound that complicated. Everyone is able to mumble for about 2 minutes into his webcam. Not having to rack your brains about phrases for your sportjob cover letter is nice as well. But unfortunately, it is not that easy.  Keep in mind that the situation is similar to a real job interview, your potential job employer virtually sits right in front you. Following this tips, take your time and put in a little effort to make a creative video resume. Good luck!

Try out video CV tool

Do you want to practice? We set up a video CV tool online for you to test. Our life coach Stéphane is guiding you through the process, asking you some questions - if you like, take these as a reference when filming your own CV. Let's practice: Visit our CV Box

Timberland: Going beyond the border of Sustainability & Responsibility

Timberland is an outdoor brand, one of the most well-known worldwide to say the least. One of the reason, apart from quality products, is their serious commitment for environmental and social causes. Right now, Timberland is looking for a Sustainability and Responsibility Manager, a moment for us to take a look into their S&R agenda. So how exactly does Timberland improve their three main pillars outdoors, product and community? How do they go beyond the borders of regular engagement?

The long-term plan: Timberland’s 2020 agenda

Already years ao, the company changed their production to be more sustainable, making a statement towards treating the environment with respect. In 2016, when launching their responsibility website, Timberland also announced further steps in improving their strategy. The sports brand set ambitious goals until 2020 regarding their products and the environment:
  • All of the used cotton for their apparal collections are supposed to come from US-american eco-friendly cultivation,
  • Every procued shoe shall contain recycled, organic or renewable (ROR) materials
  • All products shal be PVC and PFC free
  • Timberland wants to reduce their energy consumption by 10% in total and obtain 50% by regenerative energy sources
  • Plant 10 million trees

Social engagement: A focus on community work

Of course, social responsibility has kind of become courteous in worldwide industries, after scandals of brands capitalizing workers in third world countries. It’s obvious that claiming to aim for responsibility, Timberland of course helps raising awareness and supports save working environments by collaborating mostly with fair suppliers. What makes the difference though, is Timberland’s special focus on local communities – an individual approach on the social subject.
  • My PlayGreen© is a support program which establishes outdoor spaces in urban areas, building community gardens and parks. In 5 big cities around Europe, they want to offer the residents a possibility to access nature and fresh air. Something that is rare in areas with populousness. After London in the last year, on the 19th of July 2017 the program started building in Mailand. Following after will be Berlin, Paris and Barcelona.
  • Path of Service©: To support different community projects, Timberland’s employees engage in community services all over the world. Until now, they already participated 1.000.0000 hours in their communities – supported by their employer and the team of global stewards. By the way, the Path of Service celebrates its 25th birthday this year – in a special way: On 25 days, employees can take time off of work and take their time to volunteer to support their communities. They even connected them with possibile projects by setting up a Volunteer Fair.

Joining the team: Timberland is hiring a Sustainability & Responsibility Manager

In this position, the manager is responsible for integrating the S&R strategy throughout the company, delivering information to employees and customers. As a spokes person for Timberland’s values, you represent the sports brand on conferences and workshops over Europe. 
Work closely with the different departments, from HR, over Marketing, Production and Supply Management to achieve te 2020 goals. Manage the community and environmental projects, engage and inspire the employees in participating in Timberland’s Path of Service, different commuter programs, etc. If you feel inspired to help Timberland achieve their 2020 agenda, apply for the job here.Further sport jobs by Timberland can be found on their company page here.A perfect supply chain or production in regards of nature is almost impossible to achieve, but Timberland’s vision aims on a very close solution. Their achievement sets high goals for the whole industry, a development we could already witness at adidas (Producs from Recycled Materials, their „Run for the Oceans“  and more), Patagonia and The North Face, too. With more brands following, this hopefully defines new standards for production and engagement worldwide. If you want to find out more about Responsibility and Sustainability at Timberland, check their goals and progress at their website "Responbility at Timberland".

5 morning habits that will kickstart your productivity

The way your morning takes course, makes an impact on your whole day. Just imagine getting up with the wrong foot, feeling tired all day, not getting your head focus on the important things - this will ruin your work day completely (a leisure day, too, of course). Your morning routine though offers you a great opportunity for a successful day - for more energy, creativity and a better handling of stress. No matter if you are an early bird getting up with the sunset or if you prefer sleeping a little longer: After you get up, set your mind right.These five things are a great way to shape your morning, and make you a more successful person in your job and your life. These points are shared in routines by a lot of successful people and things that I for myself found out to feel good for me.

Don't snooze

Even if it's tempting to snooze away just 5 more minutes (and 5 minutes more, and another,  and another..) try to avoid it. Not only won't you feel any more recovery as when you get up on the first ring, you will also kill your motivation for the day completely. Just to compare: Imagine having a goal or a plan and you decide to delay it over and over again.  You are well aware that you probably will not achieve it, right? It's the same with snoozing. Deciding not to get up in the morning already disturbs your mindset for the day. If you can't even get up, how are you supposed to have the will to succeed your goals or tasks?Getting up with the first alarm or the moment the sun wakes you up (even better!), will put your mind on overcoming your weaker self.

Focus on yourself and personal goals

We tend to lose the focus on caring for ourselves and improving our lifes when working for others. We manage to get our tasks done and push our projects and might feel great about it, but our own life remains static. Never, ever forget to care about yourself.It might take some time to get used to it, but try to get up a little earlier than you usual do. Instead of waking up, getting ready and going to work, find some slot in your schedule to focus on yourself. It's a little time for youe mind before you focus on tasks at work. This means doing something for your soul and heart which will raise your self-consciousness, your own worth and - most important - your mood and motivation for the day. This can be a little walk, time outside, meditation - or taking time to listen to your inner self. You could be defining your own goals, finding something you really want to do in your free time after your job. It doesn't matter as long as it is something only for you, not for your job.

Exercise

No need for a big workout. Not everyone is a morning sports person (I am not, that's for sure). It's not about pushing your physical limits in the morning. It only means "Get moving!". Seriously. Your body and brain are well connected and your mind will thank you A LOT. If you feel depressed, low on energy, can't focus - this is probably because of a lack of movement. Get your energy flowing by a little exercising - for example a morning yoga routine , walking ,jogging or a bike tour, longboarding, surfing - your personal fitness routine. Even a short training will earn you a better focus, more concentration and a higher spirit. Try it.

Take your time with loved ones

Do you have a family or special someone? Even if it's only 5 minutes, connect with your loved ones. Cuddle, with your kids or your special one, talk about your plans for the day, just do something personal - and appreciate the time you have together. Of course, this is beautiful for your personal relationships. Furthermore, this reduces your stress level enormously. Hard tasks during the day will be easier to handle.

Start the night before

Okay, this is actually a step before your morning routine. We all know how a bad night of sleep can destroy your morning. That's why it is important to prepare yourself for a good nights of sleep. Find out how many hours make you feel the best in the morning (in general, it's about 8 hours of sleep) and stick to bed times. Don't use your phone or computer before you go to bed. Make sure your room is well aired. Before sleep, define how you want you want to achieve tomorrow - what are you plans, what are things you can't delay any further, what would make you happy - and write them down. We tend to lose focus when the next day gets a little stressful or because we dreamed very actively. This way, you'll remember and be able to keep these things in mind.

Create your own routine

Routines are overcoming bad habits. They will help you perform better, focus on things that are important for yourself. Normally, it takes three weeks to get used to new routines - so figure out your own start in the day, write it down and practice it until it feels natural. Define for yourself which things done in the morning improve your working day and stick to them. It needs to be your own routine, because we tend to not stick to ones we don't implement ourselves.An example:
  1. Getting up with the sunset and letting the natural light in
  2. Have a glass of water
  3. Do a 20 minute morning yoga session on the balcony
  4. Take a shower
  5. Have a healthy and nutrious breakfast together with your special someone
  6. Commit to 20 minutes in an online course to learn something new
  7. Make a small entry in your journal to define your daily goals
  8. Go to work

A 100 mile swim from Cuba to Florida: What to learn from 64 year old swimmer Diana Nyad

Diana Nyad swom 100 miles from Florida to Cuba at age 64, being the first one to ever accomplish this. A monday motivation.
Do you know Diana Nyad? She did a 100 miles swim from Cuba to Florida at the age of 64, for the first time of history. She accomplished something that professional swimmers have been trying since 1950, but couldn’t do it.When hearing her Ted Talk „Never, ever give up“, it left me in awe thinking how a 64 year old woman could achieve this. A painful struggle that no matter of sex or age, no one did before. She managed it by training and trying over and over again. This is monday motivation, or actually, lifetime inspiration.Even after failing 4 times before, she stuck to her goal. And by not giving up, at one point, Diana Nyad made it. 

Listening closely to her Talk, there’s 6 essentials to learn which are a kick-ass mantra to succeed in what you want. Before you continue reading, keep in mind that her example doesn’t only apply to sports. It applies to anything you have set your mind on, whether it’s a passion or a career.

Never, ever give up

These words have been the first ones she said after reaching the shore. Incredible enough she was able to speak at all after a 50 hour plus swim, she chose her words wisely.
 No matter of her training being intense, she still failed four times before she finally managed the whole distance. Even though everyone around her told her that there was no chance to do it, experts as well as people close to her.
„ When I turned 60, it wasn't so much about the athletic accomplishment, it wasn't the ego of "I want to be the first." That's always there and it's undeniable. But it was deeper. It was "how much life is there left?“ - Diana Nyad
When you want something so bad, you have to fight for it, never lose track of your goal. You need to get back up after you failed. Stay bold and strong and believe in yourself, no matter what others say.

Find a way

One of the reasons, Diana made it through, was her playlist. Focusing her mind on „Imagine“ from John Lennon helped her not to give up and endure hypothermia, muscle pain, jellyfish stings and much more. That was her way of doing it. 
Of course, there’s much more to it - a team, capital, a lot of training, a great mindset. Still, the small things make the difference. 
So, find a way to achieve what seems impossible right now, be it because of insufficient resources or skills. For most problems, especially those in sports or jobs, someone already found a solution. Figure it out and adapt it to yourself - improve it through the little details that make your way different from others.

Discipline and preparation

It should be crystal clear that preparation and training are the key factor for a 100 mile swim. Diana was a professional swimmer until the 1970s. After a pause of 30 years, she started an intense training - not only of her body, but also of her mind. Every day for years. 
Without discipline, learning new skills takes a long time up to forever (maybe never). Endurance is important to run a marathon, it is also essential to get a promotion in your job.

You’re never too old to fulfill your dreams

Obviously, chase your dreams no matter your age. There is no too old.

If you fail, it doesn’t matter

Being afraid of failing is what keeps most of us comfortable at home, missing out on great opportunities. In life, but also in your career: a new job, your own start up or freelance career. There’s a well-known book called „The Journey is the reward“. Sometimes you might not be able to succeed, because of outer or inner circumstances. Still, you put a lot of effort in it, developed yourself and became a better you. No one can ever take this away from you.
„And when you reach for the horizon, as I've proven, you may not get there. But what a tremendous build of character and spirit that you lay down; what a foundation you lay down in reaching for those horizons.“ - Diana Nyad

Your team has got your back

Remember, Diana Nyad was never alone. Not on the days of her expedition, nor on the days of her preparation. They did it together and alone she probably would not have done it. Like we learned in „How to find a job you love“, you are like the people that surround you. A team of mixed personalities can give you new views on how to succeed, stay by your side with expert advice. Or might even just motivate you enough to get up on a day where everything seems like it will fail. Whatever you want to achieve, you will need a great team.To sum it up, the mantra to get what you want is: Believe in your dreams, work hard, never give up and surround yourself with a team which has got your back.Photo by Gage Skidmore from Peoria, AZ, United States of America

adidas and Parley against plastic pollution: Run for the Oceans 2017

The AIR strategy by Parley to preserve our oceans
There is always time for a change. Especially if you want to protect something you love.
„Our oceans give us life. What do we give back?“ - adidas running
To raise awareness for the World Oceans Day 2017 adidas and Parley organized the initiative Run For the Oceans. A global run against plastic pollution.

World runners against plastic pollution: Run for the Oceans 2017

Looking back to the last days, the digital program by runtastic between the 5th and 11th gave people the chance to support the movement. Ending today, runtastic tracked about 60.000 people who joined „Run for the Oceans“. According to Parley’s Facebook Page, by Friday night the logged miles up to this day could have circled the earth 9 times! In New York an additional 500 runners lit up the city in blue to symbolize the ocean on their 5 km track in the night of the 8th of June. However, the runners were adidas’ and Parley’s personal invites of ocean ambassadors, athletes, environmentalists, creatives and famous supporters of the ocean. This was taking part while the United Nations Ocean Conference was held in NYC, who was supporting their 14th development goal to protect life underwater.

Parley against plastic: Changing adidas’ production

„The Parley A.I.R. Strategy addresses the fast-growing and global threat of plastic pollution based on the belief that plastic is a design failure, one that can only be solved if we reinvent the material itself.“ - Parley
Parley features its own ocean plastic program - a strategy to reduce and reuse plastic worldwide. With different approaches they try to clean the world. One of them is the so called A.I.R. Implementation. In collaboration with global companies and the government they are setting a new industry standard.
A.I.R. stands for

AVOID unrecycled plastics in their whole supply chain.

INTERCEPT and free the ocean from trash and help keeping it away from it.

REDESIGN the industry by implementing new materials and production techniques.

And that’s exactly what they did with the sports brand adidas when they paired about in 2015. By using recycled waste, adidas and Parley designed sportswear which is really making an impact. Not only does it raise awareness around the world, but it also helps reducing trash and new pollution. (And to be honest, the new Ultraboost Sneaker looks pretty stylish as well.) The sustainable solution sets innovative standards for the sports industry, creating a concept which will hopefully inspire more brands.

Get involved yourself: Keep the earth clean

A fantastic inspiration to make the world a better place by getting active. Nevertheless, running alone won’t do the trick to keep our environment clean. Having our Sportyjob headquarter close to the french atlantic coast, we are aware of our surrounding and the beauty of the ocean every day. By reducing paper, recycling, working more digitally, saving energy, driving less by car and going more by bike, it’s our little daily things that already help to make a difference.Furthermore, the oceans won’t only need active legs, but helping hands. If you live by the ocean or in your next holiday at the sea, join a local beach cleaning or pick up trash when you’re at the beach. If everyone only picks up three things per day, our oceans will be a much cleaner place.

Boost your knowledge with these 5 online platforms: Free courses to advance your career


"Anyone who stops learning is old, whether at twenty or eighty. Anyone who keeps learning stays young. The greatest thing in life is to keep your mind young." - Henry Ford


You know what makes successful people? To never stop learning. Always be curious about the world, new fields and ways to improve your skills. To get you even more motivated: Keeping your brain working will keep it healthy, preventing a bad memory or even Dementia.So, how can we gain new skills? For some of us, we are lucky enough to have an employer who is interested in developing talents. It’s companies who are willing to spend on further education of their employees, for them to make a better job and bring in new ideas. But the reality is, that most people need to care for their own education. Not all of us have the time to enroll into university for some extra lectures or pay for further education on our own. Luckily, the web 2.0, the interactive web, offers great chances for online courses and tutorials to learn new skills all by ourselves! Of course, it’s not only limited to hard skills, you could even learn about fields you were always interested in. Art, History, Biology, Psychology, there's no limit on knowledge.Here’s 5 platforms to get your brain working - completely for free:

Udacity

Udacity’s platform is directly related to gaining skills for your dream job. With courses about programming, web design or data science, they offer nano degrees which are accepted as official references. 
Instead of lecturing they believe in practical learning. Together with companies like Google, Salesforce and Facebook, they develop interactive courses for beginners, advanced level and professionals.
 However, not all courses are for free, so you have to filter in advance.Some courses we really like:

MIT OpenCourseWare

The Massachusetts Institute of Technology, short MIT, is known as one of the high class universities of the world. Mostly, it’s known for engineering and physical sciences, but their gradate programs offer a wide range of courses. In their OpenCourseWare, the MIT made their content from different courses available for everyone, sharing it online for free.
In the course overview, you can filter by topics and departments, for example Business, Fine Arts, Engineering, etc., getting the possibility to access the course online or download the materials. Furthermore, most of them contain video and audio lectures as well as assignments. So you have to do your homework! To be honest, it’s hard to follow an online lecture without having the possibility to ask for more details, so we’d recommend it mostly for humanities, psychology and fine arts.Here’s 3 courses we love:(not all of them might be important for your work, but could interest you on personal level as well. Just learn, the benefits are yours!):  

edX

Not only did the MIT provide their own content, they collaborated with Harvard to found edX in 2012. The portal offers courses from universities around the world, so you can enroll in courses from home and in your own time. Most of them are for free, and for a little charge, you can even get a certificate if you need it for your job or a future application. It’s open source and non-profit. The courses come together from all fields of study, like architecture, law, communication, business, etc. So feel free to feed all your interest!Our favorite courses are:

"Knowledge is power. Information is liberating. Education is the premise of progress, in every society, in every family." - Kofi Annan

The Digital Garage

A platform by Google about Online Marketing? That’s got to be a guarantee for digital skills! And it is. The digital garage’s online courses guide you through the function of search engines, social media, analytics and more. It’s a great way to spice up your CV and score a career entry in Online Marketing.We recommend taking all courses, one after another,  to get into the field of Online Marketing. 

Inversity

Iversity is a special online platform which focuses on higher education for professional purposes. Their courses are provided by business experts who formed courses in their professionals fields for you to learn. As most platforms, it offers free courses as well as paid ones. For the free ones, filter for „MOOCs“ in the course catalogue.Three of our favorites are: