For two weeks, the Winter Olympics take the world by storm. Fans around the world rediscover their love of curling, figure skating, snowboard half pipe, and more. This year, I got to take it all in in-person, attending the Winter Olympic Games in Pyeongchang, South Korea
In the standing room section of the women’s snowboard cross, I was just feet from the athletes embracing their coaches and teammates after their run. For USA, there was heartbreak as two of the American athletes didn’t make the final run, and Lindsey Jacobellis finished just off the medal stand in 4th place.
In contrast, Julia Pereira de Souda Mabileau of France had one of the best days of her lives. Ranked 15th going into the semifinal rounds, she had an amazing run, taking home a silver medal. Her face was a mix of shock and joy as she soaked up her moment on the podium.
As I watched women’s snowboard cross and other Winter events, I kept coming back to the two principles every athlete embodied that I could apply to my business.
No one makes the Olympics by just showing up to the Trials or even the Games with little to no preparation. Every athlete has put in hundreds and thousands of hours on the slope, ice, or track as well as time in the weight room, meeting with nutritionists and sports psychologists, not to mention the money they personally invested in their Olympic dream.
Starting your own company can be like competing in your own personal Olympics. You might not be up against other countries or top athletes, but you have a goal and only you can work toward achieving that. Here are a few tips you can apply from the Olympic lifestyle to your company.
Working at your own company, especially if you’re a company of one, can be a very lonely process which at times can feel like the wrong decision. Even if you’re not getting featured in Forbes magazine or writing the next viral blog post on Medium, you can still make sure that each part of your business that you pour yourself into will help grow your business and get one step closer to winning gold in your professional Olympic Games.
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