For Sarah Wall, one of the most valuable lessons she ever learned as a business owner came before she had even started her business.
Now a co-owner of NETFIT Netball, which she founded in 2012, Sarah can see how her time playing for the Melbourne Vixens helped build the resilience and patience needed to build a new business in the competitive fitness and wellness industry.
“When I reflect on my career, I think that I’ve been able to be committed and patient.”
“At the Vixens I was a bench player a lot of the time. and the feedback was ‘Sarah, don’t look so happy sitting on the bench, because you’re wanting to be out on the court!’”
“But I was happy to be there. I knew it was going to take a break [to give my my chance], and then when that break came and I got on the court, then I was going to make it my own.”
NETFIT now covers fitness, nutrition and wellness, with year-long programs for its participants, and Sarah sees how preparation, patience and perspective help keep her and her co-owner, Kim Green, on track as the business grows and inevitably faces challenges.
“Because I’ve learnt that things don’t come easy, I’m okay with that, and I learned that through netball.”
“I just learned that things are going to take time, and sometimes you get a lucky break, and you’ve just got to take it.”
-Patience is a virtue that can serve any business owner (or athlete)
-The qualities that make a successful business owner are qualities that can be learned, or practiced, in any area of our lives.