4 Ways you can become a Ninja Entrepreneur
When I started martial arts as a kid, because my parents made me, I thought it was pointless. Stretching = boring! Memorisation of movement.
When I started martial arts as a kid, because my parents made me, I thought it was pointless. Stretching = boring! Memorisation of movement = why? Mental toughness and fitness = It is soooo hard!
However, as the years' progressed on I began to realise the importance of the various rituals and acts I had to do in class but I moved on to other things anyway.
After quite a few years off, I joined a local school I found. As I trained I started to have some of those childhood lessons come back to me. My body moved and adapted quicker than some of my fellow students. My understanding was quicker and more complete. After a short while, I was told I needed to spar and practice my fighting skills. A scary prospect for me.
In the beginning, every week I would lose. My instructor was better than me in every way. He was faster, fitter, stronger. I'd be lucky to land even a few kicks or punches while he seemed to simply float in and pummel my whole body in an instant.
Why keep doing it you ask? That's easy, cos I LOVE IT!
Now if you go and ask any entrepreneur why they put up with all the abuse of a new startup: the long hours, the rejection, no salary, rations, etc and you will get the same answer. They LOVE IT.
There are many parallels between the martial arts and starting a new company that has made me a better entrepreneur overall. Four spring to the top of my mind straight away.
1. Embrace your failure
Every martial artist knows the feeling of failure.