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3 Lessons Cycling Has Taught Me About Being An Entrepreneur

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3 Lessons Cycling Has Taught Me About Being An Entrepreneur

I’ve been an athlete for just about as long as I can remember. While I spent most of my youth competing in one sport or another and my early adulthood staying fit in the gym, I never expected these disciplines to inform the career and business I would build later in life.

That all changed when a hunger for competition drove me to take part in a triathlon, which involves swimming, cycling, and running.

As my passion grew, particularly for cycling, I realized that the traits needed to be a successful cyclist are beneficial for entrepreneurs, too.

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Studies have shown that exercise can play a huge role in clearing your mind and helping you function better in general.

Stepping away from work to focus on a hobby can give you a new vantage point from which to find perspective, allowing the opportunity for innovation.

It also gives you the chance to meet new people. After all, you never know where you might encounter your next client, partner, or connection.

In addition to these more tangible benefits, a hobby such as cycling can teach you valuable lessons and have a direct influence on your performance in business.

 

1. Consistency is key

When I became a triathlete, I wanted to be the best right away, but I quickly discovered that it doesn’t happen overnight.

Achieving greatness takes years of consistent training, and you can only attain sufficient performance gains by maintaining focus over the long term.

This is equally true in business.

Everyone has a million-dollar idea, but the difference between those who succeed and those who fail boils down to who has the drive to put in consistent effort.

When you learn to celebrate the small victories and enjoy the journey, success is just a matter of patience.

“It’s not what we do once in a while that shapes our lives. It’s what we do consistently.” – Anthony Robbins

2. Be willing to struggle

After a few years of consistent training for triathlons, I reached a fairly competitive level, and a friend of mine whose performance was lacking decided to ask me for some training advice.

I sat down with him to review what he was doing.

Much to my surprise, I found out that he did a lot of low-intensity workouts.

When I asked him about his more challenging interval workouts, which are essential for effective training, he told me that he didn’t like doing them because they were “too hard.”

It didn’t take a rocket scientist to figure out why he was getting nowhere.

Most new entrepreneurs have no idea what they’re getting into, and they jump in thinking about the end goal, achieving success.

What they don’t expect are all of the challenges they’ll have to overcome.

Just because you’re struggling, it doesn’t mean you’re failing. In fact, the willingness to face a challenge head-on will determine whether you fail or succeed.

Like training on a bike, the biggest gains come when you’re willing to embrace the struggle.

 

3. Starting is half the battle

Over the years, I’ve tried a variety of triathlon training plans in an attempt to find the best one.

I’ve spent hours upon hours reading books, consulting with coaches, and even contacting some of the sport’s top professionals.

But after all of that research and effort, I’ve learned that nothing happens unless you just get on your bike and go.

Sometimes, athletes obsess over training plans so much that they never get to the actual training.

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Early in my career, my brother and I got so caught up in the process of learning how to build a successful business that we ended up getting stuck.

Eventually, I went to an entrepreneur friend of mine for advice, and his words snapped me out of my lull.

He told me that at any point in time, you have a certain amount of information. If you want to be successful, you have to take what you know and take a step forward.

You might not have all the information you need, but you must take what you have and start.

You might not have the perfect plan, but you’ll move toward your goal faster by starting now rather than sitting still.

In the end, my point is simple:

A hobby like cycling gives you the chance to learn new lessons and can deliver surprising benefits to your business.

So take the time to get out of the office and go for a ride, swim, or do whatever else inspires you.

Chris Thornham is a co-founder of FLO Cycling, which engineers aerodynamic cycling wheels. The company uses computational fluid dynamics software to develop its wheels and verifies its results in a wind tunnel. Less than three years after launching, the company has sold 10,000 wheels to customers in 51 countries. Chris enjoys learning, triathlon training, skiing, hiking with his dog, and spending time with family.

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4 Lies You Keep Telling Yourself When You’re Afraid to Do Something

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When’s the last time you let fear get the better of you? Whether we want to admit it or not, fear keeps us from doing a lot of the things we know we really should do to achieve our goals. Fear is especially detrimental to entrepreneurs (read ‘wantrepreneurs’) that want to launch their first big project. (more…)

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Tips, Tools, and Techniques to Create Your Curiosity

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Curiosity is a great characteristic that people rarely sustain in their lifetimes. Some people struggle to sustain curiosity because of their internal and external challenges. They cannot encourage curiosity to come to the fore as they condition their mindsets with their learning, experience, and environment. However, there are very few individuals who sustain their curiosity levels throughout their lives to excel as extraordinary achievers.  (more…)

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5 Life Tips You Didn’t Know You Needed to Hear

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Life is a battleground, we need to keep fighting until our appointed time on earth comes. So, in this post, you will see the best of the best life tips you have never heard before. These tips are life-changing and can change you immediately. Let’s go!

1. Be independent 

Hundreds of millions of people make this mistake. We depend on people like us. “he will get it done for me, she will get it done for me”. You rely heavily on people and guess what, you are making a big mistake. 

There are a lot of people that have helped others and perhaps time changes for them, they become poor and rely on the people they have helped, guess what comes out at the end of this reliance? Disappointment, promises backed by failures, etc. 

Who are you depending on? Who is that person you can’t do without when getting things in your life done? If there is anyone, you are making a big mistake. And starting today, all you have to do is add a prefix – what if!

What if my friend stops helping me, what if I get disappointed by people I trust with my life, what if they neglect me and turn me down”.

A man or woman that depends on people like him is equal to a feeble pillar holding the four corners of a house. What happens when the feeble pillar falls? The man’s house falls down super-flat. Your trust should only be in Jesus. Man can fail us at any time but God is always faithful till his Kingdom comes. 

2. Love your neighbor as yourself 

The gravity of this word is enough to shatter the whole earth into pieces. 

Only if the whole world just kept this simple commandment Christ Jesus gave then, there will be no murders, poverty, greediness, anger, envy, betrayal, disappointment, etc. 

Why are there such things in the world? Because we hate ourselves. As long as you are fine all is well. You care about yourself only, selfish, you have and yet you cannot give. 

Those are the characteristics of over 90% of the 7.6 billion humans on earth. Why can’t you do to others what you would have them do to you? Why can’t you help that suffering neighbor who needs food? Then, a lot of people will say 

“Go away from here beggar, what did you do with your youth, I can’t give you a dime, beggar”. Why are we so cruel? This is the best tip you must dear to your heart. 

No matter what you have, no matter how little or in whatever way you can help. Help people, show them love, love them as you love yourself. Don’t forget this, today’s beggar, uneducated, debtor, poor person, etc can later become the greatest person in the world tomorrow. 

“Don’t settle for what life gives you; make life better and build something.” — Ashton Kutcher

3. Have a growth mindset

A growth mindset is what makes one successful and go far in life. However, a fixed and stagnated mindset throws one into jeopardy of life.

A lot of people have a fixed mindset, what they believe is what they believe, nothing you say on earth can change their mindset, they are the most educated in the world so they don’t need to learn any further. Did you have a fixed or growth mindset?

A growth mindset leads to success, achievements, happiness, learning more, and becoming better. On the other hand, a fixed mindset leads to complacency, pride, lack of achievement, ignorance, the stagnancy of the mind, etc. 

Let’s see an example of someone with a fixed mindset:

Cait tells Alice: Alice stop being so proud it’s annoying. 

And Alice responds:

“How dare you say I am proud, I am not. I am the most humble woman on earth”. In the example, Alice with a fixed mindset has a fixed mindset. However, what she does not know is that she is in the darkness of her ignorance. She is ignorant of the fact that she is a proud person thus, she can’t see it. 

People with a fixed mindset are ignorant. You must never have a fixed mindset. Always be willing to learn and to grow with humility. Pride can take you nowhere. 

4. Forgive everyone and give as many second chances as you can  

A lot of people have done all they could to be happy and have peace. But, they find out that happiness is not just there and that peace of mind is absent. 

Why is that? It is because you have a lot of grudge against people that have offended you. Yes, we know, it pained you to your heart, and what next? Keep malice? But, do you know what that unforgiveness does to you?

I call it the seed of unforgiveness because it plants a seed in your heart and this seed further grows to become hatred, depression, lack of freedom, zero peace, etc. 

If in only one person’s heart are all these things, then a person like that can never know peace and happiness. For example, if you were to go to a party with your friends and you hear that perhaps the other friend that you keep malice with is coming to the same party. 

Naturally, the only thing you would think of is not going to the party anymore because you want to avoid the person at all costs. And what does that add to you? It doesn’t add instead, it subtracts from your life because you could have gone to the party, had fun, and even have new friends or even new opportunities.

If not for anything will you forgive people, forgive them for the sake of God, for the sake of Christ Jesus. Because if you cannot forget the trespass of people, don’t expect God to forgive you. Forgive everyone, give them as many second chances as possible. 

Mind you, they can still mess up and make terrible mistakes all you have to do is keep forgiving them. This may not be so easy to the flesh. However, it is only The Spirit of God that can make you forgive the trespass of people. Without The Holy Spirit, it is impossible to do so. 

5. Love God

Do you love God? Are you a child of God? Do you believe in Christ Jesus? Even if the rest of the tips on these lists do not resonate with you, I want you to hold this very important to your heart which is to Love God with all your heart, soul, and strength.

And you can do that only by being a child of God. This life is too short. It is like a vapor, it is nothing. Life is more like an empty barrel that makes noise. You will grow old, your strength will leave you and you will die but, what happens after that? Where are you going to spend the rest of your eternity? 

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Explore Stoicism to Lead Your Life With Purpose and Meaning

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With the advent of technology and the Fourth Industrial Revolution (FIR), there is increased volatility, uncertainty, complexity, and ambiguity globally. People find it challenging to predict where the technology will take them to the next level. They are excited with the innumerable advantages arising from automation and artificial intelligence but they are equally concerned about the threats arising out of them. Precisely, humans are caught between peace and prosperity. (more…)

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