How an Olympic Mindset Can Help Entrepreneurs Get More Gold

February 10, 2014 Updated: April 24, 2016

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Ok, let’s just admit it right here and now: There are days when you just want all the hustling to end. Fighting for a cab, generating countless leads for sales, pushing to get onto the subway, getting people to ‘like’ your posts–whatever it is, you just want it to stop and for the world to stand still for just. one. minute. And, it is in this exact moment, when you wonder if you shouldn’t just look for a 9-5 job, that you need to adopt an Olympic mindset. An Olympic mindset won’t only help you when you’re at the edge (which we all get close to from time to time) but how to keep on moving when things get tough.


Quitting Is Not An Option. Well let’s be clear: Quitting is an option if you want to leave your job or social network, but it’s not an option in life. An Olympian never quits on their beliefs, purpose or ability. When things get tough try to remember what inspired you to become an entrepreneur to begin with. Or, try to imagine what life would be like if you did something you weren’t as passionate about.


Believe & Anything Is Possible. Corny, but true. I’ve been able to get people to invest in my company simply by being incredibly genuine and excited (also prepared). Don’t limit yourself because you think you aren’t “there” yet. If you know what your next step involves then just go for it. You’ll be surprised how many other entrepreneurs (even highly successful ones) will be willing to help you.


Fall Down So You Can Get Up Stronger. It’s not pleasant to know that there are just some things in life which we can’t overcome but try to see the bright side: every time we fail at something we have opportunity to learn from it. So, although life might not all be victories and blue skies you can assure more of them by knowing how to draw lessons from past failures.


Practice, Practice, Practice. It’s the golden rule for a reason. According to writer Malcolm Gladwell whose book Outliers looks at success and achievement from a new perspective, “practice isn’t the thing you do once you’re good. It’s the thing you do that makes you good…In fact, researchers have settles on what they believe is the magic number for true expertise: ten thousand hours.”  Not at 10,000 hours yet? Keep practicing!