It’s all about being 100% in control of what you’re doing and manage the business like a marathon.
If you belong to the big group of baby boomers as I do, doing business like a marathon, probably you’re familiar to how we were educated. Go to school, get a title, search for a job and start climbing the career ladder. Building up your resume was, and still is, the way of carving out your life to the best.
To understand how crazy this is, I love this 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 at the end, you start a life race that isn’t yours.
All leading entrepreneurs, they all have one thing in common: they did their race. Therefore, a lot of people, mostly the 80% group mentioned earlier, tried to turn them down because they were different, they took paths no-one had done before, and if you are different, you’re viewed
The Framework Making The Difference
There are many pieces of advice out there on what to do to be successful and happy in life. The basic frame that will make a remarkable difference are 3 steps where you are 100% in control.
Become a self-expert - figure out and understand yourself. What is your motivation in life? Strengths you find out by yourself. It's curious and scaring at the same time, but a huge group of the population feigns their real passion. It can be due to
Push your limits - no one can tell you better than yourself what you are good at, not so go at and the overall skill set you have gathered during your lifetime so far. Use it, push it, and challenge yourself. My passion for marathon running teaches me whole the time how to plan for new challenges. It's all about setting a realistic goal, plan for it and stick to the scheme. Your business works exactly the same way.
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 pure truth.
3 Bonuses Advice From A Passionate Runner Doing Business Like A Marathon
The 3 steps mentioned earlier are accurate, logical and why not say stupid-simple steps to take for a successful business adventure. At the same time, these steps help me a lot in my marathon training. But from my marathon training, useful and practical experiences can also be applied to my business.
Here are 3 rules you can never avoid to take into consideration:
- Goalsetting – without having a crystal clear goal where you are heading, it’s like go out and search for something you don’t know what it is. Between, Christmas and New Year I settle my running agenda for the year to come. The whole training program is built around the most important races, which normally are 2-3 marathon races. In the same manner, my business plan is set up, also with the most important events of the year. Whatever the goal is, it always has to be result based in such way that you can measure the final result.
- Detailed planning – to reach the goals, which by the way always must be challenging, you need to plan in detail how to achieve the goals. Every month, week and day establish the corresponding sub-goals. It’s much easier to handle smaller sub-goals than big over-all goals. As always, there will be days when all is running like clockwork, but you will also have days when almost everything is going wrong. By working with smaller sub-goals, it’s much easier to make corrections and changes.
- Disciplined execution - sounds like a military drilling. And do you know what? It's what it takes if you want to do business like a marathon. With a plan in detail, there should be no excuses on earth not to fulfill the mission. It happens now and then that I don’t meet a scheduled training session, for any reason. That’s OK. After all, we are no machines but humans. What is important, though, is to compensate the missed training during the next days to come. Your business works the same way.
Combine And Leverage Your Passions While Doing Business Like A Marathon
When you have the 3+3 steps in place, most probably you are running your own business, and you also have another passion in life. In my case, it is marathon running, but you might be a passionate golf player, traveler, surfer, scuba diver or something else you love to do.
No matter what you’re doing, the correct framework must be there. And when in place, you can do whatever you want if you have the necessary platform and knowledge, supporting your life journey.
For years I searched for that “platform and knowledge” allowing me to be released from the 9-5 job and having time to practice my passion for running.
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