With the Mountain Biking racing season well underway, let me discuss some lessons we can learn from it.
1. Do all that you can do
Lance Armstrong did all he physically could as a young man to achieve greatness. He continuously strived for improvement. He did not compare himself to others, for he knew that by doing so he would fall short of his potential. A great businessman must act in the same way. The difference between a good businessman and a great businessman is that the good businessman compares himself against his peers. The great businessman compares himself against himself. He does not stop until he has absolutely nothing left.
2. Start strong, end strong
The beginning and the ending of a race is the time where a mountain biker must exert himself the most. This plays a critical role in the outcome of any race for any rider. The same must be achieved by a successful businessman. He must stand out quickly and noticeably from the rest through his work ethic and determination to get ahead and to be the best that he can be.
The best mountain bikers are excellent at seizing the opportunity of passing up other bikers whenever they can. Perfecting this technique directly translates into better performance. Those who consider themselves businessmen must act in the same way. Some businessman may have an absolute advantage over other businessman. However, everyone has a comparative advantage and he that finds and incorporates his comparative advantage is well on his way to passing up any other businessmen. Thus, this particular businessman will have the potential to gain greatness and an incredibly high level of success.