Let’s be honest, patience is not a quality most of us are born with. As entrepreneurs, we want to grow our business, and we want progress quickly. One strategy that has been passed around for ages is to ask for advice from successful entrepreneurs. You may have seen this in action yourself from people asking you for advice.
It can range from the, “Let me pick your brain,” or “I have a quick question” email to someone trying to grab a few minutes at a conference or event. It seems harmless enough, and we’re told to be persistent, but asking could be hurting your chances of making a real connection with someone who could help your business.
Source: Your Mom Was Wrong. Sometimes It Does Hurt to Ask.
I included this because of a reflection on my training approach.
For swimming, my natural aptitude got me only so far. Later, I lucked out to get actual swimming feedback and coaching. It was a huge improvement, breathing bilaterally. Otherwise, I’d go off course and snake my way through the length – anything but a straight line means wasted effort and more distance. Later, I encountered people who were stronger swimmers. It doesn’t pay to be first – you get a false sense of ability. So it was great to be challenged to keep up, and to see that I could though stamina came to be an issue. That’s a problem I like to have…
Cycling was a similar experience. When I came back to my riding group, I was very cautious. I got pleasantly surprised, and pushed to see my limit. But I never did drills of any manner – I just used a semi-competitive group ride. I didn’t have a power meter, so I made general judgement based on comparison with the people I rode with. I was working on a decent sustained sprint until I broke a rib.
Running however, has largely escaped me. I’m horribly slow. I’ve been told my form is good, but my stride is terribly short. My breathing has always been very taxed when running. Now that I’m getting back into running, I’m thinking I’ll seek out a coach earlier than I had planned. I’ve stumbled through trying to figure it out myself, so it’s time to seek help of someone more knowledgeable.
Another option to about knowing to challenge yourself lies with competition. Sometimes you need perspective.