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Drysdale has winning tips for business owners
24th May 2013

Nine months after winning a gold medal Mahe Drysdale is still smiling.

The New Zealand rower pulled the prestigious award from his pocket at Yarrow Stadium yesterday with a wide grin as he explained to Taranaki businesspeople what it took to win it.

He was in town yesterday to speak at a function held by HTL Insurance focused on how to succeed in the business world.

Nine months after winning a gold medal Mahe Drysdale is still smiling.

The New Zealand rower pulled the prestigious award from his pocket at Yarrow Stadium yesterday with a wide grin as he explained to Taranaki businesspeople what it took to win it.

He was in town yesterday to speak at a function held by HTL Insurance focused on how to succeed in the business world.

After two panel discussions about business growth led by successful Taranaki businesspeople, he took the podium.

Clearly a rower and not a businessman, Drysdale does come from an accounting background, and made it clear that the formula for success worked in any realm.

"Being successful in business is very similar to being successful in rowing. There is a big crossover between business and being successful in any field you're in."

Throughout his career, the athlete has taken risks, failed, overcome obstacles and experienced a great deal of success. As a young rower he was given an opportunity by the national body that saw him leave accountancy and move his life to Karapiro - with no guarantees.

"When I told my mum what I was doing I think she cried.

"Now she's my biggest supporter."

For the past 12 years the London medallist has trained 11 months a year, six days a week, twice a day.

"It was tough but I knew that was needed to get to where I wanted to go."

Each four-year training plan created before an Olympics was a crucial element in his search for success, he said.

Before the Beijing games in 2008, Drysdale knew in order to win he would have to shave 27 seconds off his time.

His planning was precise.

"That was seven seconds a year, half a second a month, however many seconds a day. So it came down to 100ths of seconds each session. Those achievements over four years were going to get me to that goal."

He achieved that time in two years. Unfortunately, an illness in Beijing saw him fall short of the gold and end up with bronze, which hurt him physically and mentally.

"You start to realise, well perhaps I didn't put everything into my training. Perhaps I was falling a bit short."

Not one to back down, he started his four-year plan again and didn't make the same mistakes.

"It's about having a dream and setting those goals to help you realise that dream. Determination, passion, and self-belief will help you get there, but it's about hard work and surrounding yourself with the team you need to achieve those goals.

"If you can do that, you'll be successful."

Source: Hannah Fleming, Taranaki Daily News, 18/05/2013