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Why entrepreneurship is like a 100-meter marathon

Whether you will succeed in business--or fail--depends on how well you keep running
By Aileen Santos |
Why entrepreneurship is like a 100-meter marathon

Have you ever found yourself getting impatient with the growth of your business? Maybe you even find yourself asking about the real meaning of entrepreneurship, and thinking things like:


  • "Lots of entrepreneurs are already five times more successful than I am. Why am I lagging behind?!"
  • "I'm so stupid, I should know this by now!"
  • "I should be more successful than I am now! What's wrong with me?"
  • "Am I really cut out for this?"


If you're aiming to succeed in business, the most important thing to remember is that this stage is to be expected, and that it happens to even the most successful business owners.


Million-dollar coach Mike Litman--who spent seven years "going around in circles" himself before experiencing the breakthrough that helped him reach six-figure profits year after year--likens the entrepreneurial journey to a 100-meter dash, with the first to the 15th yard lines being the entrepreneur's hardest challenge.


"The reason most people fail is they never get to the 16th yard line," says Litman. "From the 16th yard line to the 100th all you're doing is taking small action steps to build your business. They're repetitive and easy. It's the first to the 15th yard lines that stop most people in their tracks. Most people get lost around the seventh  yard line and quit."



To keep yourself from quitting, remember three things:

1. It's a marathon, not a race.
To succeed in business, it's not about how fast you get there; what matters most is that you actually finish. Allow yourself to take one step at a time. And each time you find yourself crossing another yard line, acknowledge and celebrate your small success! It means you're one yard closer to "automated business success."


2. You need to be realistic about the kind of progress YOU can make.
Avoid comparing your progress with others. In order to keep yourself motivated to succeed in YOUR business, the only comparison you have to make is this: "Do I know more about my business now than I did last year?"

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