Visualize the last time that you ran for a departing train. Do you remember the adrenalin rush? Maybe you tripped as you galloped up the stairs. Your hair flew in every direction. You dropped your newspaper and spilled your coffee.
And it didn’t matter.
You made the train.
Don’t you love taking the chances? When is the last time you took gamble?
As we grow older, we have more responsibilities and take more calculated risks.
I think it’s important to remember that there is a balance.
Entrepreneurs are risk-takers by nature. Filled with enthusiasm, they are passionate. They make multiple mistakes in order to create something significant and valuable.
That said, while taking chances is wonderful, we also have to be careful of perpetually rushing to make the train. It’s the curse of being impatient. Learn to be a bit more patient and focus on the nature of your actions.
So, the next time when you plan to rush toward the departing train, make sure it’s the right one.
If by chance you jumped on the wrong one, the correction is simple: get off at the next station and change your direction.
You have probably read the book, “Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance.” Well, I am hear to tell you that motorcycle riding also provides life epiphanies and business lessons. When you master riding and entrepreneurship, the thrill is unprecedented.
Some things to keep in mind:
1. When practicing, always look as far as possible down the road.
I will never forget the instructor’s face as he watched me looking at my throttle or bumps on the road.
“Lena, you are going to die, if you keep this up,” he yelled.
Similarly, in business, it’s important to analyze trends and anticipate the future. Not just for the sake of leadership. We need to take advantage of trends to turn ideas into profit and foresee the threats of competitive marketplace. Instead of looking for a bump down the road, we keep the big picture in mind and not lose enthusiasm over small, insignificant obstacles.
Otherwise, we will crash and burn as entrepreneurs.
2. If you fall off the bike, don’t quit!
I remember my first motorcycle fall. It was actually more ego bruising than physically painful.
“Do this again, and you leave!” my instructor screamed as he ran to check the bike.
Another person in my shoes (well, motorcycle boots) would have quit immediately after this accident. Out of stubbornness (which is a quality I am not always proud of), I stayed. Not only did I stay, I learned. After persistent practice, I embraced the joy of riding.
Attitude is everything. You fail, but you never quit! Especially when you are doing something that you love. Don’t let anybody discourage you. Try again and again until you embrace failure as a learning experience. You have to reach a mental state when failure is part of adventure and inevitable on the road of success.
Rev it up!