In 6 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 work at a higher energy level.
I once read an article about the amount of food that an Olympic athlete needs to eat prior to an event. (Okay, maybe not for curling but for nearly every other sport). Their caloric intake was crazy. It was extremely high during training and then, during the Olympics, it was still pretty high. In general, athletes work at a higher energy level. I’m not talking about metaphysics here, just about their bodies as high performance machines.
Olympic-level entrepreneurs need to work at a higher energy level, too. When I stopped working for someone else and started working for myself, I noticed a huge increase in the amount of physical, mental, and emotional effort required to do the job. Olympic-level entrepreneurs can achieve that higher level energy burn faster and sustain it over a longer period of time (compared to their less-successful entrepreneurial counterparts).