I remember skating for my very first time many many moons back. It was as if I was standing on a carpet and the carpet was being pulled from underneath my feet. All I could do was lean backwards in fear. But once I did that, the eventual tumble was almost always spectacular. It starts with me leaning back, resisting furiously until gravity took over. Then in a matter of seconds, I would tumble down in a ball of shame, bruising both my body and my ego while other adults effortlessly whisk by with laughing kids following their path.
It was painful to say the least, but I learned a few things.
1.) Shame doesn’t kill.
2.) No matter how strong the urge is to lean backwards, you have to fight that urge, stay upright, bend knees and lean forward.
3.) Skating principles apply to entrepreneurship. In business, when things are tough, challenging and hard, you have to fight the urge to lean backwards, pull back or give up. Instead, you stay upright, lean forward, and stay steady. Do that and SUCCESS will be yours for the taking.
Stay Humble! Stay Steady!