The Olympics is in full swing in Rio and we can watch young athletes from all over the world, pushing themselves to their limits and beyond in order to achieve their dream goal of a medal. It’s entertaining viewing for us but the full story of how they got there is often lost in the chaos of the games. It’s one thing to qualify to represent your country for these games but the sweat and tears they have suffered to work their way to the top is monumental.
The work ethic of an Olympian is something to admire and entrepreneurs and small business owners can learn from them and be inspired by their determination to reach the top of their game. Michael Phelps is breaking records with his gold medals but when you analyse his daily routine, it is quite boring and systematic.
In 2008, Phelps was actually eating around 12000 calories a day in order to fuel his body and optimise it for performance. His typical breakfast would be:
- Three fried egg sandwiches with cheese, lettuce, tomatoes, fried onions and mayonnaise
- Two cups of coffee
- One five-egg omelette
- One bowl of grain
- Three slices of French toast
- Three chocolate chip pancakes.
This is enough to make anyone sick but he would basically swim and eat all day long in preparation. As an entrepreneur, it’s easy to get overwhelmed with your workload and begin to falter. However, you must remain focused on your tasks in order to be prepared to reach your goal. It’s necessary to ride the storm in order to reach calmer waters, whatever happens along the way.
Some of these athletes have been around for years working away on their performance and are making their first appearance at the Olympics. In the same way, there are businesses who have been out there for years and some only make an impact after 5 or 10 years working towards their goals. It took Facebook a number of years to build up a profit, despite having large valuations placed on it since it started.
If you believe in yourself and your business goals, then you have a good chance of succeeding. There are bound to be competitors out there but with focus, determination and motivation to succeed, you will slowly rise above them.
Please get in touch if you are feeling the pinch on your entrepreneurial journey or have stories to share about your success.
The OM Team