What Endurance Sports has thought me about Entrepreneurship

Over the last 5 years, I have taken notice of what endurance sports has thought me about entrepreneurship!

The difficulties you experience in an endurance event or in the training for an endurance event are quite similar to the ones you face being an entrepreneur and running your own business.

When you compare both, and when you map out both journeys. They both take sacrifice and the results in both don't come overnight. You can't fake the training and you can't fake the hard work that is required to start your own business or your own company. 

A successful training session makes you feel good & motivates you even more to push further. Seeing progress and having successful days within your business makes you feel good & motivates you even more to push harder the next day!

You see progress, but you also have setbacks in your training. You make mistakes, you erase them mistakes so that the next time you are training, you don't repeat the same mistakes again. You make mistakes in your business and you have setbacks here too. You then erase them mistakes so that you do not repeat them. Learning from your mistakes in training sets you up for long-term success. The same rule applies to business, you learn from your mistakes.  

You have to go after your endurance sports goals alone. The same applies to your business goals. Sure people can assist you along the way, people can offer you training advice, people can give recommendations of what you should do in your business, but at the end of the day its down to you.

Nobody is going to hold your hand 23 miles into a marathon and do the last 3 miles for you, you have to do them last 3 miles on your own. The same applies to business when things get tough, you can't turn around and ask people to fix things for you! Sure 9 hours into an Ironman triathlon there are people supporting, telling you to "keep going", but they won't be able to finish the race for you! It's all on you! 

My eyes really opened to these similarities over the past 24 months! Sure both journeys can deliver some amazing results, but both are also personal. It's quite strange actually, I have grown to love the loneliness of endurance sports, it molds you, it makes you much stronger. And I believe that has really crossed over into my short business life to date! 

Here's the second weird thing, I enjoy the crippling self-doubt that comes with endurance challenges, the same crippling self-doubt exists in business. Can I physically ultra run & ultra cycle across America in 36 days?! Of course there is doubt there, of course there is a risk of failure but I am looking to erase that too. The same doubts occur every day in business. Can we do it?! There is doubt there, but yeah, I think we can do it. I know that may sound a little extreme for some! But hey, we are all a little different!

Long-term planning sets you up for success in your training & running life! If you just aimlessly run around and you don't really have a long-term goal or an idea of where you want to be well then you are just going to stay where you are! The same applies to business, if you just go through the motions every day, and you don't have a clear plan, well then where are you going?! 

Hopefully, by now, you can see where I have identified some of the similarities between the two! 

Then the final similarity I identified was the finish line. 24 miles into a marathon or 10 hours into an Ironman Triathlon, you think that you can't do it, you begin to doubt yourself & the pain is almost unbearable. But ..... if you just keeping putting one foot in front of the other, you will get to that finish line! The same applies to business! Just when you think you can't do it, or when you think that you have tried everything and there is no hope, you spot a little glimmer of light at the end of the tunnel! You just have to muster up whatever you got inside of you to keep going. Then, the feeling of success & fulfillment when you cross that line or reach that point is probably the best feeling in the world right? 

Then as time passes, you seek out another finish line and you look at another point and you begin to believe in yourself again! 

So maybe entrepreneurship is an endurance sport?

Here's the thing! This is not only a metaphor for running & entrepreneurship! Its a metaphor for many different aspects of life! And I believe that running can be of a massive assistance to you when times are tough! Like the last portion of that race or event that you thought you could not finish, you get there in the end! When things are going pear shaped in life, you feel you can't get out of it, you get there in the end! 

The crossover between the two has certainly helped me out a lot over the last 5 or so years! 

Thanks for reading once again folks! 




Shane Finn