Survival Mode in Business: Drew Mitchell

Former Wallabies player Drew Mitchell joins Mark Bouris to talk about his new business, ESquared Fitness.

25 October 2018

Retiring from professional sport is a difficult decision, and for many athletes, can be a tough transition into professional life.

Former athlete Drew Mitchell joined The Mentor with Mark Bouris to talk about his new fitness marketplace business ESquared Fitness.

As a former sportsman at a high level - Mitchell played the highest level of rugby union for the Wallabies, Queensland Reds, NSW Waratahs - how does survival mode impact your decisions?

“I think when you’re in survival mode, you don’t have the ability or the time to calculate the risk that can sometimes steer you away,” Mitchell said.

“It might be what your gut is feeling, but when you have time you can talk yourself out of it.”

Mitchell says athletes are trained to make good decisions in tough circumstances and under pressure, a lot of which comes from listening to your instincts.

“Everyone says ‘trust your gut’ and they say that because there’s something in that and there’s real power in that,” Mitchell said.

“For me, in my rugby career, split second decisions in high pressure situations you’ve just got to go for it.”

Mark Bouris notes that the same scenario occurs many times in the business world.

“You won’t make the right survival decision when you’re not relaxed and breathing properly - if you’re in survival mode and you panic you generally won’t execute,” Bouris said.

“With survival mode it’s all under fatigue - you have deal fatigue, whatever it is, and you’ve got to make the right decision and that comes down to your preparation.”

Listen to the full conversation between Mark Bouris and Drew Mitchell on The Mentor podcast here.