In 5 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 sign up for the whole package.
When an athlete goes to the Olympics, they sign up for the entire package deal. They accept the hard work and training that leads up to the Olympics, they accept the effort and pressure that they face when they represent their country during the opening and closing ceremonies and during the events themselves, and they accept whatever comes after (often depending on their win or loss), be it endorsements and lucrative book deals or speaking careers or be it getting a job as a bank teller in an obscure regional bank.
Olympic-level entrepreneurs sign up for a similar package: They agree to the hard work leading up to their “competition”. They accept the stress and pressure of competing at a higher level. They accept the win-or-lose consequences at the end. They realize there is no fast track; there is no way to bypass one aspect of success. They know that deciding to be an Olympic-level entrepreneur is a big decision that changes how they play the game.