Steve Jobs: What can Goalkeepers learn from Business?

The video (at the bottom of the page) in my mind is top quality, inspiring, with some great take home messages that goalkeepers can learn from.

Firstly, if you don’t know anything about him – Steve Jobs was an extraordinary man, an American entrepreneur and business magnate.  At the time of his death in 2011, he was the 34th richest man in the USA.  Without him we my have never seen Ipods, Iphones, Ipads……

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  1. Be Curious

Jobs talks about getting curious and taking responsibility for your career.  As a goalkeeper you may have heard the saying be a “student of the game”, Jobs would agree.  His advice would be to look at the FA’s 4 corners model and learn about how this influences your role.   Be a sieve for information, read and ask people then apply it so that you can become the best goalkeeper you can be.



  1. Understand what you love about goalkeeping

From my experience of working with a number of goalkeepers and thousands of athletes, often during challenging periods people can forget about what they love about their sport.  As a goalkeeper, firstly understand what excites you about the role, is it pushing your body to the limit, the thrill of pulling of a fantastic save, match day – have a brainstorm and make a note?

Then set yourself some rules to ensure that you do not forget about these areas when you hit a challenging patch.

  1. This is Your Time, Grasp the Opportunity

As someone who has worked through a personal tragedy, ten years ago when my late wife Alex died, aged 36 years in 2008, and also changed careers in 2009 from a Branch Manager in Corporate Travel to fulfil my ambition to work as a Sport Psychologist with elite athletes, I understand exactly what Jobs is talking about when he mentions death.  For people who have experienced grief they will know what he means too, though we all have our own experience and interpretation on it.

He talks about an important question to ask yourself, and I tend to agree as it is a great way to ground you.  “If today is the last day of my life would I want to do what I am about to do today?” – as a goalkeeper ask yourself this on a regular basis – that is Jobs advice.

Take some responsibility for the way you approach your day in training, or in matches.  Often goalkeepers can be left out of the team for large periods, if that is you – understand what you can control and train as if you’re playing, challenge yourself regularly, surround yourself with positive people to push you through…

Go on watch this video – it’s hugely helpful.  Feel free to share your take home messages and get in touch with me via email or social media.

David Charlton

HCPC Registered Sport and Exercise Psychologist

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