I'm not an Olympian, but some days i still get out and try to act like an athlete (if you count Ultimate Frisbee a sport, and i do).
I'm not a great entrepreneur, but i ran a small business for a few years & managed to make payroll happen (most of the time); these days i try to help others with theirs (or at least avoid some of my mistakes).
I'm not an A-list blogger, but every once in awhile i write a half-decent post and maybe get a headline on TechMeme for 15 seconds (but most folks still hate my font choices).
recently i've had a lot of stuff on my mind, and it's been a little tough to get rolling on some projects i'm working on. I don't really have any excuses; some days i just don't feel motivated. some days i just feel old & tired. some days i just do my best to put one foot in front of the other.
for those of you who occasionally feel the same way, i think you'll enjoy Ben Parr's 7 Lessons Olympians can Teach Entrepreneurs, and in particular the clip on Derek Redmond from Barcelona in '92 makes an impression:
You could say the same for Gabriela Andersen-Scheiss in the '84 womens marathon, or more recently just yesterday when the US mens gymnastics pulled a Bronze medal out of their ass.
All of these folks decided to push just a little harder, and finish... even after they knew they weren't coming in first. or second. or even twenty-second.
Here in Silicon Valley, so many of us are obsessed with the big home run, the grand slam win, the next Google or YouTube or PayPal or Microsoft or whatEVAR. Often, we don't stop to consider how important just getting on base is... whether it's a single, a walk, or even getting hit by a pitch.
Now i'm not saying it doesn't suck when you don't win... hey, no bullshit there: it sucks. But many times we tend to forget what an achievement it is just to finish the damn race... even if it means coming in dead last.
note to self: finishing dead last is still finishing.
so FINISH, dammit... get your ass across that line.