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  • Writer's pictureSakthivel Thevar

Stepping out of our comfort zone.

Over the years, I have come to realise that in life it’s necessary to not play it safe. When we step outside of our comfort zone, it means we are accepting new challenges and discovering how far our full potential can actually reach.

Participating in another Triathlon race, was an experience that pushed me beyond my physical limits, and the benefits have extended well beyond the finish line. Here are some ways that pushing my physical and mental limits in triathlon helped me in my personal and professional growth:

Mental resilience

Participating in a triathlon requires mental toughness and resilience. I learned to push through discomfort and keep going even when I felt like giving up. This mindset can translate into other areas of our life, helping us develop a can-do attitude and the ability to handle challenging situations with a positive mindset.

Goal setting

Training for and completing a triathlon requires setting goals and working towards them over an extended period. This process taught me valuable skills in goal setting and planning, which can be applied to both our personal and professional life.


Although triathlon is often considered an individual sport, it also involves working with coaches, training partners, and support crews. Learning to communicate effectively, work together, and support each other can translate into better teamwork skills in our workplace.


Completing a triathlon can give us a sense of accomplishment and boost our self-confidence. Knowing that we have pushed ourselves beyond our limits and achieved a challenging goal can make us feel more confident in all areas of life.

Pushing my physical limits in triathlon has helped me develop mental resilience, goal-setting skills, time management skills, teamwork skills, and self-confidence, all of which have contributed to my personal and professional growth. It definitely feels more secure and convenient to not take risks and keep on the path more traveled but then we would miss out on the opportunity to test how strong of a person we can become, and, just maybe, realize the limits of our comfort zone were actually a lot larger than we expected.


Sakthivel Thevar is an award-winning leader in Financial Services and a highly sought-after international speaker within the business and corporate circle starting his career in the most challenging way possible, as a military officer and Airborne Ranger in the Singapore Armed Forces.

I would love to share more about my career in the financial planning industry with as many individuals out there so let’s chat if I can add value to you.


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