To start with it takes a brave person to do either. I have great admiration for anyone who is willing to take a risk and follow their dream of running (excuse the pun) and owning their own business.
With the Cork City Marathon fast approaching on the 3rd June I thought I would try to find some common ground:
Passion – without passion or a love for what you are doing you will struggle during the hard miles that we all experience when things aren’t going our way,
Planning – hugely important to have a plan mapped out of how you are going to achieve your goals,
Training Buddy – find someone (a friend, colleague, peer, advisor etc) that you can rely on to keep you motivated when the need arises and also to allow you openly express your hopes and fears for your business,
Patience – ‘all good things come to those that wait’. Try to remain patient and don’t take any unnecessary risks or rash decisions without taking into consideration your overall strategic plan,
Hard Yards – ‘nothing worth doing is easy; if it was everyone would be doing it’. The hard yards are the times when you find out how much you really want something,
Set backs – injuries are part and parcel of running and as with any part of life set backs and disappointment will happen throughout the lifetime of a business. It is how you respond and react and learn from them that will determine the long term future of the business,
Feel the burn – a common phrase in high intense exercise that is appropriate to those moments when your brain is completely fried and you feel that you cannot go on – these are the moments that should be cherished, as what better way to know that what you are doing is actually working,
Hang in there it will pass – They say that for a marathon anyone can run 20 miles it’s the last 6.2 that are the hardest part. The phrase ‘Hitting the Wall’ has legendary status and it is one of the biggest fears for a runner as they are unsure when it will come and how they will react when it does. After doing the Dublin marathon last year, a frequent question that I was asked was what was it like and when did I hit the wall, my response was always the same ‘the wall hit me and it hurt’. When you hit an obstacle or problem in your business that you feel is insurmountable ‘Hang in there it will pass’
Top Class Equipment – You wouldn’t run a marathon in a pair of football boots, GAA jersey and sweatpants would you? The same thought process and Fit for Purpose attitude should apply to your business. It may cost a bit extra but it is essential to have the most up to date equipment, software, training etc to ensure that you are always one step ahead of the competition,
Expert advice – whether it is your 1st marathon or you are starting up a new business we all face the challenge of entering into the unknown. It is important to seek as much advice, help and assistance from people you know and trust who may have been through a similar experience before and that would be willing to help you on your path. This may just be small tips on mistakes to avoid at the start of your adventure.
Where to now? – The 1st thought after crossing the line is usually where do I go from here? Am I done or will I try for one more. A business as with a runner never really has a finish line it just has another challenge ahead. As a business owner you should set small goals and big goals that you want to achieve throughout the year and commit to a finish line date where you will review last year and set your business goals for the next 12 months.
It seems these days that there are more people running, cycling, swimming and exercising outdoors than ever before. Everyone is different and they maybe doing it to lose weight, stay in shape, achieve a goal, honour someone’s memory, raise money for charity or in a lot of cases help to relieve some of the stress that we all face in our daily lives.
I hope that some of the above makes sense and if you are running a business or a marathon now or in the near future I hope that all your dreams and goals come through.
Mark is a Director at Quintas
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