In 12 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 recognize that things will be different after… then prepare for it and leverage it.
After an athlete competes at the Olympic level, everything changes. Their future course takes on a new perspective. They may or may not end up becoming professional athletes (it depends on the sport and whether there is adequate sponsorship). They may or may not end up working in an office somewhere. This realization hit me a couple of years ago when I did some writing for a business owner who had been an Olympic athlete and now ran her own real estate investing firm. Although her medal-winning efforts in the Olympics had been over for nearly a decade and she was busy with her real estate business, she was still doing related activities like speaking in schools or doing philanthropic work.
Olympic-level entrepreneurs face the same opportunity. When they reach a certain level, their future takes on a new perspective. While not everything will be a guaranteed success, they will more likely be successful because they know what it takes AND because they’ve already achieved a position that will ensure a certain level of automatic response.
If you’re aspiring to be an Olympic-level entrepreneur then your best choice is to focus intently on that goal and achieve… and then build on that success. (And committing to some additional philanthropic work afterwards is probably a good idea, too).
* Disclosure: I was traveling recently and didn’t always have access to the internet, so I missed a couple of publishing dates. This blog has been published and back-dated to keep the countdown sequential.