Countdown to the Olympics: How to be an Olympic-level entrepreneur #23

In 23 days, the 2010 Winter Olympic athletes will compete to be the best in the world. Entrepreneurs compete for a similar pinnacle of success every single day. This series of blogs will countdown to the Olympics with 31 ideas about what it takes to achieve gold in your business.

To be an Olympic-level entrepreneur, you need to always be training.

Olympic athletes ramp up the training when they decide to compete at the Olympic level. In the early years, they might start off with one coach who can help them, but there will come a point when they will likely need the help of a team. (I hinted at this already in a previous blog). They likely work with an expert coach in their sport, as well as general fitness trainers, health and nutrition trainers, and perhaps others. (The biathlon, for example, might require a biathlon coach, a skiing coach, and a shooting coach).

Olympic-level entrepreneurs never stop learning. I suspect that, for many entrepreneurs, it goes like this: At the very beginning of your entrepreneurial career, you can’t drink in enough information. Then as you become more successful you ease off of the learning. And then you realize that to achieve the Olympic-level, you need to go back to school once again. Olympic-level entrepreneurs find the right trainers, mentors, and coaches for their needs and focus on improving.

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