Dave Lukas Chats with Jason Pohl
161: An Entrepreneurs’ Journey to Becoming a Pro Athlete with Jason Pohl
This week’s Misfit Entrepreneur is Jason Pohl. Jason is a former wealth management entrepreneur turned professional athlete, specifically Ironman Racing. As many of you know, I race Ironmans and have a real love for the sport and what it takes just to finish one of these races.
But, Jason takes it to a whole other level. He races internationally all over the world and has been featured everywhere from Running Magazine to Impact Magazine. He trains 7 days a week for 7-8 hours per day and has finished Top 5 in many Ironmans around the world, as well as qualifying for the world championships in Kona. Additionally, he coaches other athletes on training and nutritional programs.
There are so many parallels between Ironman racing and entrepreneurship and I wanted to have Jason on to share his thoughts and what it was like to take the leap of faith and sell everything to pursue his dream.
Jason was an elite hockey player for 16 years into college. After school he was looking for the next challenge and got into triathlon. He thought because he was an elite hockey player, he would be good, but was quickly humbled by the sport and what it takes to really compete.
2014 was his first amateur season for Ironman at 22 years old. After his first Ironman, he found out that he qualified for the world championships in Kona, HI. He still didn’t know much about what he was doing. He raced Kona and ended up in the hospital because he didn’t understand nutrition and did not take care of his body during the race. It was in the hospital that he made the decision to go after it as a career.
2015 was his first year going toward pro and after 2 years, became a pro with 2017 as his first season.
Tell us what it was like to make the leap and leave your business and become a pro…
What advice would you give people that are in the position you were in to help them make their leap?
Can you explain Ironman and what it takes for you to do what you do at your level?
Tell us more about the business around being a professional athlete…
How do you get and hold onto sponsors?
How does training and competing in Ironman’s relate to business and entrepreneurship?
At the 27-minute mark, Jason talks about persistence and his hardest time in Ironman…
Talk to us about the power and importance of mindset and the mental game…
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