I’m so excited that today, athlete and entrepreneur Ian Warner is empowering us all to #fuelpersistence through sharing his story, passions, and life lessons. Ian reached out to me through Twitter and after connecting with him through email, I had to invite him to share his story on Arianna’s Random Thoughts. I love his passion for life and how he created a company with his brother, also a fellow athlete.
Ian Warner grew up in Toronto, Ontario, where he attended the athletic powerhouse, Birchmount Park Collegiate. There he won provincials 8 times and earned himself an athletic scholarship to Iowa State. At Iowa State, he excelled as an entrepreneur by raising $150,000 from an angel investor. The same year as that investment, he became an NCAA All-American and made the 2012 Canadian Olympic Team.
Ian is the author of “Endure: An Athlete’s Guide to Faith, Hope, and Success.” He speaks to high school students about how our trials prepare us for greatness later in life. Ian helps plenty of new entrepreneurs to withstand the struggles that come with being an entrepreneur. He is now in the process of creating a community called “Bounce Back Entrepreneurs.”
I love the concept of how you and your brother created “Athlete CEO.” Tell us the story of how you turned your passion into a career.
I realized that there is not that much of a difference in what it takes to be a successful athlete, and a successful entrepreneur. I was also discovering that a lot of athletes hated having jobs because they were often too independent and used to living life on their own terms. We had already been running “Cover Ground,” but we decided it was time to also help athletes make the transition to entrepreneurship.
I am actually making a bit of a shift with this (i.e., Cover Ground) though. I am going to be moving much of it over to a new platform, called “Bounce Back Entrepreneurs.” The site will be all about helping entrepreneurs to get through those really difficult stages. Cover Ground will go back to being much more focused on athletes’ training.