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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.

Biking Toward Better Entrepreneurship

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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5 Ways To Invest In Yourself and Change Your Life

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Warren Buffett once said, the best investment you can ever make is in yourself. Time and money spent on bettering yourself are never considered a waste. Whether it’s through learning how to make money online, exploring new ways to increase your financial security, or watching TED talks to expand your knowledge. Do not be stingy when it comes to self-improvement because it will definitely pay off in the end. 

Need some ideas to get started on your journey to becoming a better you? Here are 5 ways to invest in yourself and transform your life. 

1. Change Your Self-Concept

Having a negative self-concept can have a tremendous impact on your life. Limiting beliefs and self-doubt are some of the main reasons why many never achieve or attempt to pursue their dreams. Take a moment and think about all the negative thoughts you have repeated to yourself throughout your life. How have these thoughts impacted the way you live life? From now on, create a new self-image by turning these negative thoughts into positive ones and appreciate your good qualities. 

2. Sign Up For An Online Course

If you’ve been wanting to brush up on your Photoshop skills or learn how to code professionally, this is the perfect time to get started. As long as you have a stable internet connection, you can access an endless amount of valuable information online. For example, sites like Coursera and Youtube are both awesome resources for online learning. With a few search strings and clicks, you can find all the information you need. 

“Investing in yourself is the best investment you can make. It will not only improve your life, it will improve the lives of all those around you.” – Robin Sharma

3. Learn From a Mentor

No matter which stage of your life you are currently in, working with a mentor can help you stay motivated and focused on your goals. Not only can they guide you in the right direction, but also transform your vision, provide you with new insights, and connect you with amazing resources. If you’re feeling unmotivated or unsure about what you want to do in life, consider finding a mentor to help you navigate this process. 

4. Start A Side Hustle

The salary from a 9-5 job would rarely allow you to reach your maximum income potential. Why not achieve financial success while pursuing your passion by starting a side hustle? Whether it’s through starting an ecommerce business, freelance writing on the side, or starting a Youtube channel. There are infinite numbers of ways to make money, and there is bound to be one out there that fits your passion and skills. 

5. Nourish Your Body

As many may say, “health is the new wealth”. Without a healthy and functioning body, living a fulfilling and comfortable life becomes difficult. To take care of your body and prioritize your wellbeing, start with small habits such as eating healthier foods and exercising regularly. Bike or walk to work instead of taking the car, and opt for a healthy protein bowl instead of greasy burgers at Burger King. With time, these small habits can make an incredible difference.

Check out the infographic below, to see more ways you can invest in yourself:

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