How Running Your Own Business is Like Being a Professional Athlete
Some people might think that comparing the professional sports to running an internet business might be silly, but they are actually a lot more alike than you think. Accomplishing the goal of becoming a professional athlete is not only extremely rare, but it can also be compared with many of the same tasks and goals that a business owner might deal with in finding success. The goal of making it from a amateur athlete to becoming a pro at any sport, is much like taking your business from a simple start up or hobby, to a full time income and business.
In today’s economy it’s more important than ever to stick with your dreams and goals and if you have a business of your own, you can already appreciate and know what you have put into it. Sports is one of the biggest revenue generating niches in the world, so I thought it would be a fun write up to do a comparison between the goals of athletes and business owners alike.
What does it take to run a business and compete in the world of professional sports?
Knowing What You Want
First of all, no one just succeeds in life without having a driving force within them to achieve a goal. Just like professional athletes train most of their lives to get where they are today, business owners have a driving force within them to take the path less chosen and build their own future. Whether your passion is sports, business or anything else, you will still need the key components to succeed and be successful, both in life and business.
What traits do professional athletes and business owners both share that give them them the winning qualities to succeed? Determination, discipline and perseverance are key!
Running your own business will test you time and time again. Through all of the stressful times to the best of times, your determination will play a huge part in the success of your company, and will also test your inner strength. There is nothing easy about making the leap from an amateur athlete to making it in the professional leagues, nor is running your own business and staying profitable over the years. There are only a small amount of people that have the determination to make their own futures and rise above the competition.
In addition to having the inner determination to find success, you also need to have the discipline. It’s easy to get caught up in the moment, but when your business is in a struggle or at it’s highest points, you still need to keep your head in the game. Discipline is the ability to keep oneself in accordance with rules, while also improving in one’s skills and abilities. A must have quality for any athlete or business owner.
The third component to any successful athlete or business owner is perseverance. Best described as a steady persistence in a course of action; all business owners and sports stars can relate in their never ending desire to bettering themselves and reaching their goals.
Building the Perfect Athlete and Business Owner
There is no perfect plan or guidebook to follow for when you are trying to grow your own business, just like there are no set drills or exercises you can do to guarantee an athletic success. All of the skills and talents listed above are different for each person, along with how each of us will act differently in different situations. Some people are born with the passion and drive for business, while others are born with the perfect bodies for athletic success… yet there are also those born with neither, who still find that drive and passion to allow them to succeed in either world.
Just like sports players have coaches and teams surrounding them, it’s just as important for those in business to do the same. It doesn’t matter if you are just starting out, have a multi-million dollar business or are even an individual affiliate marketer or blogger. Surrounding yourself with the right people and keeping with your dedication and drive to succeed, you will find success.
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I am blogging on behalf of Visa’s Go World Olympic Campaign and receive compensation for my time from Visa for sharing my views in this post, but the views expressed here are solely mine, not Visaâ€™s. This post was sponsored by Visa Small Business. From now through August 31st, visit https://www.inc.com/visa-
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