In 4 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 pick yourself up after failure.
Dozens of athletes compete in a single event. But there is only one gold-medal winner. Silver and bronze are notable, but not gold. And then there is everyone else. Every athlete who participates in the event knows that there can only be one gold-medal winner. And the rest? After the event, they have a decision to make: They can wallow in their self-pity as yet another person who competed and lost in the Olympics or they can go back and try again in 4 years.
Olympic-level entrepreneurs do the same thing. Not everything they touch will be dramatic successes. Some things will sputter and do okay. Some things will fail. The athlete who truly competes at an Olympic level brushes off defeat and continues forward.