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Decade In Review: 5 Business Principles I Learned From Being a Triathlete

Updated: Jan 9, 2020

Happy New Year! As we start off the new decade, it is important to reflect and make changes. Throughout my career as a triathlete, I have learned a lot about being successful in business, pursuing my passions, and what hard work really entails.

During the 2010s, I embarked on a journey towards becoming an Ironman. Ironman is the ultimate endurance event - a 2.4-mile swim, 112-mile bike, and marathon 26.2 run all done on the same day. My journey toward becoming an Ironman changed my mindset and ignited a passion and a desire to help others be successful in their businesses. The parallels between training and racing triathlons and starting a business are numerous. Without the discipline, desire, and passion that I learned while training to become an Ironman, I would not have ultimately made the successful leap to leave corporate America and start EDGe Business Planning.

There are five business principles I learned from being a triathlete that have helped me stay true to my business goals and lead a more fulfilling life. I will take these principles with me into the next 10 years, and hope you find them to be helpful whether personally or professionally!

Open your eyes and your mind to new possibilities.

Take what you are good at and use it to find your path.

Follow the signs.

Embrace the unknown!

Train yourself – the unknown becomes the known.

Check-in with yourself.

Don’t fixate on things – move on to the next opportunity.

You control who is in your village.

Years ago I never could have dreamed I would be where I am today. I was not an Ironman, I did not have my own business. I found my passion in both my personal and professional life, I embraced uncomfortableness, I am still working to be in every moment, I keep moving forward where I see an opportunity, and I am thankful for the village I have that supports me in all that I do. I look forward to seeing what the next ten years have in store!


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