Marathon running and successful entrepreneurship is not only for CEOs
What makes marathon running and successful entrepreneurship matching so well? Interesting question, asked by many.
Today I’m running my 3rd marathon this year, and in total, it will be my marathon number 24. What triggers a person to spend all the necessary time and effort on training for marathons?
The same question is valid for entrepreneurs who spend hours, weeks, months, and even years to get a business idea going live.
Marathon running and successful entrepreneurship have more in common than what you think.
You need guts to practice marathon running and entrepreneurship at the same time. On the other hand, they have so much in common that leveraging the two activities will save you a lot of time and effort.
If you belong to the big group of baby boomers as I do, marathon running and successful entrepreneurship most probably do not fit into the frame you’re familiar with.
Go to school, get a title, search for a job, and start climbing the career ladder. Building up your resume is the way of carving out your life to the best. You never really understand how crazy this is until you get smashed in your face with this marvelous quote by Warren Buffet:
“Taking jobs to build up your resume is the same as saving up sex for old age.”
The sad reality is that around 80% of all working people don’t enjoy what they are doing. When asking people why they are doing the work they are doing, most of the answers refer to external circumstances, like:
“Somebody told me this would be a good career for me.”
“Once you reach a certain level, the salary is high.”
The list can be long, but in the end, you start a life race that isn’t yours.
So, what does it have to do with marathon running and successful entrepreneurship?
All leading entrepreneurs, they all have one thing in common:
They do their race!
Therefore, a lot of people, mostly the 80% group mentioned earlier, try to turn them down because they are different, they take paths no-one else does. If you are different, people will view you as a kind of “weird.”
What Links Together Marathon Running and Successful Entrepreneurship
Being out running 5 AM is seen in the eyes of non-runners as something strange. The same goes for passionate entrepreneurs working around the clock, pushed by their enthusiasm for what they are creating.
There are many pieces of advice out there on what to do to be successful and happy in life. Many of this advice has to do with the leverage effect for marathon running and successful entrepreneurship.
Become a self-expert
To figure out and understand yourself isn’t always an easy task. From childhood, we are brainwashed with certain ways of thinking. It can be a difficult task to break that chain.
If you’re going to start training for a marathon race, you will need to really be honest with yourself.
What do I need to do? And the most critical question:
Am I willing to do it? Do I have sufficient passion for following through and making it happen?
What is your motivation in life? Strengths you find out by yourself. It’s curious and scaring at the same time, but a large group of the population fears their real passion. It can be due to influencers in society, education, or any other external source faking up your life.
Figure out your strengths and weaknesses with this free test. Maybe you have certain qualities you are not entirely aware of.
Push your limits
No one can tell your better than yourself what you’re good at, not so good at, and the overall skill set you’ve gathered during your lifetime so far. Use it, push it, and challenge yourself.
The passion I have for marathon running teaches me whole the time how to plan for new challenges. It’s all about setting a realistic goal, prepare for it, and stick to the scheme.
Your entrepreneurship works exactly the same way. You will have a lot of hurdles on your way, but the final goal is so strong that nothing can keep you away to conquer every single obstacle.
Some people call us stubborn. I would instead prefer to use the label, passionate, and goal-oriented.
To push the limits over and over again is a typical characteristic for people dedicated to marathon running and successful entrepreneurship.
Surround yourself with inspiring people
There are two possible reasons you´re not doing things:
- A) you convince yourself that you can´t do it.
- B) people around you tell you, you can´t do it.
There is a quote by Jim Rohn, going like this:
“You are the average of the five people you spend the most time with.”
There are so many examples from both the sports world and business environments, showing that Jim Rohn´s statement is nothing else than the naked truth.
In all entrepreneurial communities, networking is fundamental. To interchange ideas, benchmark new topics, or just get some support and help from others, is worth gold.
The same goes for marathon training. It’s a huge program you’ve in front of you, and you need to get input and feedback from other like-minded fellows to optimize your training in the best way.
Marathon Running and Successful Entrepreneurship is All About Goals, Planning and Execution
If the first three advice talks very much about the characteristics of people dedicated to marathon running and entrepreneurship, the following three are very much the “what to do” tasks to be successful.
You probably know it since before, but it cannot be emphasized enough. Without having a well-defined goal towards where you should be heading, it’s like go out and search for something you don’t know what it is.
During Christmas and New Year, which is around the corner, when the marathon season is taking a pause, I use to slow down my training (your body needs some rest also) and prepare my running agenda for the coming year.
I usually run 2 or 3 marathon races per year, and the goals for that training will always be with the focus on those crucial races.
In the same manner, your business goals for the coming year should undergo the same process. The vital thing here is always to have measurable goals.
It’s incredible how the processes for my running and my business always leverage each other. It’s almost like copy paste with different wordings and of course, other numbers.
To reach your goals, you need to plan in detail how to achieve them. For every month, week, and day you should establish the corresponding sub-goals. It’s always easier to handle smaller sub-goals than big over-all goals.
In both marathon training and your business, there are days when all is going like clockwork. However, you will also face days when almost everything goes wrong. It’s a typical characteristic of marathon running and entrepreneurship.
Wirth smaller sub-goals, it’s much easier to make corrections and even changes in the planning.
What is mentioned so far will be worth nothing if there isn’t any execution. You need to
“walk the talk.” Disciplined execution, sounds like military drilling. And do you know what? It’s precisely what it is if you want to reach your goals.
For any reason, it could happen that you don’t meet a scheduled training session, or that your sub-goal in your business that day just didn’t happen. That’s OK. After all, we are humans and no machines.
What is essential, though, is to catch up later during the week on what is missing. There is no difference between marathon running and successful entrepreneurship.
From Here What to do Next?
If you already have the six steps in place, probably you are already running your own business. Maybe you also have any other passion in your life. In my case, it’s marathon running, but you might be a passionate golf player, traveler, surfer, scuba diver, or something else you really love to do.
To leverage your business and your hobby, you must have the correct framework. When in place, you can do whatever you want if you have the necessary platform and knowledge, supporting your passion and your life journey.
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