Starting A Business Is Kinda Like Running A Marathon
There is only one thing that makes a dream impossible to achieve; the fear of failure.
~ Paulo Coelho
STARTING A BUSINESS or RUNNING A MARATHON is without question — TOUGH.
Both initiatives require drive, determination and dedication — not to mention hundreds of hours of hard work.
You are the boss in both; but to succeed, you need to step out of your comfort zone, explore new techniques and be able to recognize and learn from your mistakes — because there will be lot’s of them.
The odds are against fame and fortune — so it becomes important to explore what SUCCESS looks like, to set the goals and to run the course with faith and trust in yourself!
WHAT YOU GET OUT of either, IS WHAT YOU PUT IN.
Physically and mentally, both will PUSH you to the limit.
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What does it take to GO for your dreams?
Courage, faith, trust and perhaps — a dash of insanity.
The truth of the matter is that you can do or become anything you want in this world. The only person stopping you is yourself.
Life is meant to be a journey exploding with passion, happiness and meaning. You are the only one that can create that for you.
What is the hardest step?
The first step down your path.
Dreams are the answers to questions that we haven’t yet figured out how to ask.
~ Fox Muldar
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Sara Blakely started her first business just out of high school—a kid’s club at the local Hilton charging $8 to babysit a child while parents sat in the sun tanning.
She wanted to go to law school, but when she failed the LSAT, she took a job at Disney World.
After a few months, she joined an office supply company, becoming the national sales trainer in less than 5 years.
Her real break-though came when she tried to solve a nagging problem—how to look firmer and eliminate the lines created by typical underwear. With just $5000, she launched Spanx and hasn’t looked back.
“Most of the reason we don’t do things is because we’re afraid to fail. I just made a decision one day that I was not not going to do things in my life because of fear.”
“With every obstacle that has happened to me in my life, my brain immediately says, ‘Where is the hidden blessing?’ In starting a business and growing a business, every day is learning how to manage obstacles.”
“Don’t solicit feedback on your product, your idea, or your business just for validation purposes. Be really careful about that. You want to tell the people that can help move your idea forward. But if you’re just looking to your friend, coworker, husband, wife, for validation, be careful. Because out of love… a lot of people will express some concerns, and it can stop a lot of multi-million dollar ideas right in their tracks.”
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When she signed up for the race there were no regulations stating a woman couldn’t officially run in the Boston, but that was mostly because no woman was believed able to do it before. She went by K.V. Switzer and after sending in all of the entry forms and $3 fee, she stood at the starting line with her running partner, boyfriend, and part of the Syracuse men’s running team on race day. She was only 20-years-old
“Jock was well known for his violent temper. He seethed for awhile, and then he erupted.
He jumped off the bus and went after me. I saw him just before he pounced, and let me tell you, I was scared to death. He was out of control.
I jumped away from him as he grabbed for me, but he caught me by the shoulder and spun me around, and screamed, ‘Get the hell out of my race and give me that race number.’
I tried to get away from him but he had me by the shirt.
It was like being in a bad dream. Arnie tried to wrestle Jock away from me but was having a hard time himself and then Tom, my 235-pound boyfriend came to the rescue and smacked Jock with a cross body block and Jock went flying through the air.
At first, I thought we had killed him. I was stunned and didn’t know what to do, but then Arnie just looked at me and said, ‘Run like hell,’ and I did as the photographers snapped away and the scribes recorded the event for posterity.
“He was scared of just about everything,” recalls Leah Adler, Spielberg’s mother. “When trees brushed against the house, he would head into my bed.” From childhood anxieties to professional worries, Spielberg is a living example of the success that is possible when you move beyond your fears, when you put away those nagging worries in your head and focus instead on your goals.
From an early age, Spielberg was forced to overcome his fear of standing out and of being different. His years at Saratoga High School, which he calls “the worst of my life”, exposed Spielberg to much anti-Semitic sentiment. Spielberg lived in horror of being considered different from others. To the gratitude of much of America, Spielberg threw himself in his work, eventually overcoming this fear. He would learn to cherish his religion, leading to the creation of such hits as Schindler’s List and Band of Brothers in tribute to his ancestors.
Spielberg also had to learn to conquer his fear of failure. After being rejected by the extremely prestigious film school at UCLA, upon which he had pinned his hopes and dreams, Spielberg was unsure what the future held in store for him. While he knew film was his passion, he began to wonder whether or not he would be able to succeed at it. Unwilling to give up his dream, he enrolled in California State University and continued on his path. But, again, after getting a C in his television production course, Spielberg had to wonder whether he would ever amount to anything in this industry. He then took the even riskier decision to drop out of school and pursue his passion on his own.
Yes, I Can
How farfetched would it be for a 219 pound Texas woman with three small children to believe she could not only run a marathon, but manifest running it with Oprah’s trainer, Bob Greene? Well, if I had stopped to think of the incredible odds, I might have quickly dismissed the idea, remained overweight and been unfulfilled for the remainder of my life.
Yet, only a week after reading Oprah and Bob’s book, ‘Making the Connection’ in the fall of 1996, I read an article which held that if you had a dream, you must “put it out there.” So, on a whim I quickly sat down and wrote a letter to Bob Greene in care of the Oprah Show.
This letter explained my love for the book and that I had already lost five pounds, following the 10 steps outlined therein. I went on to say that as I arose at 5:00 AM every morning and stepped into the darkness for my two mile walk, I envisioned Bob beside me, encouraging me along the way, as he had done with Oprah during her training and subsequent marathon. Then, I boldly requested that once I had achieved my goal weight, would he consider running a marathon alongside me.
When he was a young boy, Thomas Edison’s parents pulled him out of school after teachers called him “stupid” and “unteachable.”
Edison spent his teenage years working and being fired from various jobs, culminating in his termination from a telegraph company at age 21.
Despite these setbacks, Edison never deterred from his true passion, inventing.
Throughout his career, Edison obtained 1,093 patents.And while many of these inventions — such as the light bulb, stock printer, phonograph and alkaline battery — were groundbreaking, even more of them were unsuccessful.
Edison is famous for saying:
Genius is 1% inspiration and 99% perspiration.
In August of 2011 Angela began training to run a marathon. She started out running a couple of laps at a local park and before long she started running 5 miles twice a week.
In January of 2012 Angela completed her first half-marathon. Angela and her family continued training and stayed focused on the goal of completing a marathon. Angie ran between 12 and 16 miles every Saturday and Sunday in the final months leading up to her first marathon.
On March 18, 2012, she completed the 26.2 miles of the Los Angeles Marathon. Angie displayed the courage, bravery, determination, and heart of a true champion.
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