Countdown to the Olympics: How to be an Olympic-level entrepreneur #1

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In 1 day, 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 remember that there is a right time for training, parading, competing, and reveling.

Olympic athletes know that it’s not all about training. It’s not all about competing. Those are key, of course. But there are specific times to do specific things. They train hard – very hard – to get to the Olympics. Once there, they pause to participate in the opening ceremonies. And then, it’s time to act. They compete at their event and give everything they have. And if they win? They revel in the glory of the moment. Each of those activities is acceptable at the right time and in the right proportion. Doing the wrong thing at the wrong time can be embarrassing, ineffective, and unsportsman-like.

Olympic-level entrepreneurs have a similar responsibility to do the right things at the right time and in the right proportion. There’s no use in parading well before you do any training. And you should revel in your own success – if just for a moment – because you’ve earned it. And somewhere in there is your Olympic effort to make the whole thing worthwhile.

And you may also observe that there is a close connection between athletic training, parading, competing, and reveling, and entrepreneurial training parading (promoting), competing, and reveling.

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