In 21 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 decide to be an Olympic-level entrepreneur.
Upon entering high school in the late 1990’s, a young man who loved sports (in general) tried out for the school’s cricket team. His coach noticed his speed and encouraged him to pursue track and field. He began to win tournaments and win the attention of others, in spite of an apparent lack of dedication. From 2001 to 2003 he won notable awards for his speed but lacked dedication. Then, in 2004, he made the decision to go pro and started taking his career seriously. After a mediocre appearance in the 2004 Olympics, he focused even more. In 2008, Usain Bolt shocked the world by easily winning the 100 meter win while controversially slowing down to celebrate his clear victory.
Bolt’s rise to success as an Olympic-level competitor is parallel to many Olympic athletes: First there was a recognition of proficiency. Then there was the decision to become an athlete focused in a specific sport. Then there was a decision to get serious and go pro. Then there was a decision to get even more serious to compete at the Olympic level.
Some people with an interest in business make the decision to become entrepreneurs. Those who decide to take it seriously will quit their jobs and invest in themselves and do what is necessary to grow their business. But that’s not the pinnacle of success; that’s just the pro-level. Entrepreneurs who want to become Olympic-level competitors need to make the decision to do so… and accept the consequences that go with it.
In your industry there are Olympic-level competitors. Are you willing to do what they do – perhaps more – to reach their heights of success?