This week’s 6 of the Best comes from the CEO and founder of omni-channel virtual sports provider Golden Race.
Martin Wachter is one of the industry’s most established figures, and the Austrian offers a glimpse of life of an international businessman.
It would have been two years ago in Dubai – it was my first holiday since I started with Golden Race over ten years previously.
For me it was very special, as after that long time of hard work and never giving up, a ten year period where I had subordinated my whole life to the success of my Golden Race dream, it was finally time to relax.
‘New Jersey’ by Bon Jovi – it was the first vinyl I ever had when still at school. Two of my favourite songs are ‘Don´t Stop Believin’ by Journey and ‘Learning to Fly’ by Tom Petty. These songs always give me a real good feeling, a feeling that I can reach everything I believe in.
Art of War, Wolf of Wall Street, Braveheart, Gladiator. There are many more movies I love, but I really like to watch those movies with a nice glass of wine.
Best Sporting Experience
Not exactly a traditional sporting experience, but my first day as a skiing instructor when I was just 15 sticks out in my mind. My jacket was too big and felt like a coat, and I was nervous like never before. But at the same time I was incredibly proud because I was the youngest ski instructor at the resort – a day I will never forget.
Think and Grow Rich by Napoleon Hill and Signs Getting Rich by Walles d. Wattles. These are my absolute favourite books, I don’t know how many times I’ve read them, but they helped me a lot when things weren’t going well or when I needed some motivation.
This would be with my business partner Thomas who was my boss at that time. He challenged me on my first day, giving me the feeling that I couldn’t do the job. I felt I had to teach him a lesson and offered him a crazy bet to reach a goal what was never reached before in that company in such a short time. I managed to do it, he had to send me and my team to New York for a nice trip. The only downside of it was that from that time on, it was much more difficult to strike any similar kind of bets with him.