3 Striking Similarities Between Running & Entrepreneurship

Lucas Miller January 20, 2015 5
3 Striking Similarities Between Running & Entrepreneurship

It was Alex Harris, author of “Do Hard Things: A Teenage Rebellion Against Low Expecta-tions,” who once said, “All effort — even failed effort — produces muscle.” Whether he meant to or not, his words are strongly linked with the difficulties of running. Simply put, running is hard. There’s no getting around it.

As the body weakens and grows tired, heavy breathing increases, lactic acid courses through calf muscles and pain, without a doubt, ensues. As is generally the case with most things, however, in time — as training progresses, muscles are strengthened and anaerobic prowess is fostered — speed increases. That being said, the pain of it all — regardless of ability — will always be the same.

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In a comparable fashion, young businessmen and women all over the globe, blind of athletic ability, find themselves fully engaged in the routine hardships of a different sort of battle: entre-preneurship. Be it a tidy startup or Fortune 500 mega company, the similar struggles between the sound development of anaerobic aptitude and corporate savvy are nothing short of striking. Whatever the field may be, though trial and tribulation are ever-present, the sweetness of victory never loses its savor.

1) Dedication, Dedication, Dedication

Breaking into big business isn’t a matter for those whose attention spans have a nine to five sort of shelf life. Dedication is key. For an elite marathon runner, a weekly training regiment de-mands that his or her natural pistons — the body’s legs — be turning over at a cadence of at least 190 steps per minute, while churning out anywhere from 100 to 140 miles per week.

Likewise, if an initial idea is to transform into a viable moneymaking product or service, dedica-tion to the gradual development and implementation of a business model should be a daily affair. Much like maturing leg muscles, if a business is not tended to on a daily basis, it will atrophy.

2) Shortcuts Are For Cowards

If something sounds too good to be true, it always is. Candidly, magic vibrating abdominal belts do little more than quicken the digestive process and nothing for muscle tone and lung capacity. From a business perspective, the temptation to yield to shortcuts is also present. Countless are the digital clickbait articles, self-help books and formative software applications which claim that a business can be put on autopilot. In the end, there’s absolutely no substitute for hard work, long hours and pure grit for both runners and successful corporate gurus.

While cutting corners is only an option for the shortsighted and careless, using the right tools — and using them in a wise and timely manner — is the very stuff of the world’s wealthiest. Even though running is one of the purest, most simplistic forms of robust physical demonstration, var-ious tools of the trade facilitate the literal pushing of the body’s limits.

Nutritional supplements, orthotics, wicking socks and even the Mettis Trainer — a phone app which goes as far as measuring the efficiency of a runner’s foot strike technique — are all useful outlets for runners to improve their craft.

Correspondingly, for young business administrators, a formal education, networking, social me-dia and vital programs like Quickbooks keep things running smoothly, without compromising both opportunity and productivity. Needless to say, effort is required at all times.

3) Everyone Is Capable

At its basic, innate level, running is walking. Deductively, if walking can be accomplished, so can running. The difference between someone who plainly moseys through life and someone who physically races through it isn’t necessarily found in speed; moreover, desire.

“The size of your success is measured by the strength of your desire; the size of your dream; and how you handle disappointment along the way,” said the famous American investor and busi-nessman, Robert Kiyosaki. Accordingly, greatness is found within everyone, yet few are those who take full advantage of their individual potential and find prosperity.

Just as a runner first must make the decision to accelerate walking pace to fulfill his or her sport-ing goals out on the open trail, so too must an up-and-coming entrepreneur push beyond the bounds of normalcy to achieve financial stability and professional splendor.


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    Anonymous January 23, 2015 at 9:26 am - Reply

    I think this article is so true, Everyone Is Capable more people need to be told this.

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    tom carter January 23, 2015 at 9:27 am - Reply

    I think this article is so true, Everyone Is Capable, more people need to be told this. More people need to start their own business.

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    Jeannine DuMont January 24, 2015 at 3:01 am - Reply

    Very true. To be or have anything of value in this world, one must expect to exceed their greatest goals.

    As a runner, I would never have thought I would be up to running 2 hours at a time without stopping.

    I started out jogging, while still smoking a pack of Newports a day.

    The difference is desire. I wanted to be a great long-distance runner so I ditched the smokes.

    Consistency, dedication, and commitment– they are needed for both building an idea you believe in, as well as doing the very hard work of long-distance running.

    Great comparison, interesting piece. Thank you. – Jeannine

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    ShopOnline.Solar January 26, 2015 at 7:16 am - Reply

    Very correct! We at ShopOnline.Solar have started running, hope to reach our destination! Or at least somewhere near!!

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    Melody April 25, 2015 at 4:31 am - Reply

    Love this comparison! This is exactly why I include the fact that I have run (and completed) marathons on my resume. Dedication and stamina are good entrepreneur qualities that not all possess.

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