Finance: What I learned about my business while biking 120 miles

BLOG POST :: What I learned about my business while biking 120 milesLast weekend I participated in a cycling event called the Triple Bypass. It’s a 120 mile bike ride over 3 mountain passes in the Rockies. Stunning scenery, heart pounding climbs, and screaming descents pretty much sums up the day.

During my 10 hour ride, I was thinking about the lessons I was learning and realized I could also apply these lessons to my business.

1. Don’t compare yourself to others.

We are all at a different place in our lives, all here on a different journey, and have our own reasons for everything we do. There will always be people ahead of you and behind you. Stay in your own lane and focus on what you can do to make YOUR journey most beneficial to you and others.

2. Ask for advice.

When I was getting tired on the ride, I asked a girl if she knew what was coming up, and she did. Her telling me we had 8 miles of rollers until a 4 mile climb really helped me come up with a plan for those next 12 miles. Without the help and advice of others who have already accomplished what we are working to do, we are more inclined to make silly mistakes or have unnecessary setbacks.

3. Enjoy the journey.

You can’t know exactly how ANYTHING will turn out in the end, so you may as well enjoy every step of the way. Always be on the lookout for lessons and learning experiences, but also breathe in your surroundings and be grateful for the amazing life you are living. Whether it’s breathtaking scenery or the relationships you build along the way to your destination, remember to be present and soak in the moment.

4. Everything is better with good friends in your corner.

One of my favorite parts of the ride was running into my friend Wendy and we rode a couple of hours together. But before we met up, just knowing she was out on the course with me and we would be meeting at the end was enough to make me realize how many amazing people I have in my life. I don’t believe in luck, but I will say I have attracted some pretty incredible people into my business AND personal world.

Wayne Gretzky said “You miss 100 percent of the shots you don’t take”. This can apply to sports, business, and life! So stop comparing yourself to others, ask for advice, enjoy your journey, be grateful for the supportive people you have surrounding you, and go out there and take a shot!

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