All professional athletes have coaches. No serious competitor would attempt to compete at peak level without one. So why do athletes need a coach? Is there a real purpose that the coach fulfills?
Today I feel like Johnny Depp in the movie Alice in Wonderland, who plays the role of the Mad Hatter. An entrepreneur in an early-stage startup company has a lot of different hats to wear, and this can be enough to drive you stark-raving mad.
Abraham Lincoln was one of those people who refused to quit. We entrepreneurs have a lot to learn from history and from other wonderfully stubborn people.
Visualization works surprisingly well for athletes and also with most other endeavors here in life. Whether you are trying to ski down a mountain, start a business or change something in your life, start with visualization. Create the future you want in your mind and the results will probably surprise you, just like a perfect ski run.
Solving complex problems is easy if you just start at the end
“If you are so smart, why are you not rich?” I saw this written on a T-shirt the other day at a gathering of entrepreneurs. It was a blatant challenge and it made me stop and think. In looking back on my 20 years as an entrepreneur, have I failed if I am not rich? Is that really what has driven me all these years? No, not really.
Over the last 24 hours I have had 2 encounters with remarkable men. Both taught me a lot about how to handle crisis.
My own company is in a crisis right now… but this is the opportunity that will cause us to grow faster and stronger than before.