1. No one is instantly good at business or snowboarding.
Snowboarding takes a while to get the hang of, just like business. No one wakes up a brilliant business person or gnarly snowboarder. Both take time. Those that get better are the ones who keep pushing the limits, they never assume they’ve hit their peak, they seek out unchartered territory, they try new things. They keep falling and falling but never refuse to stay down, that’s the key to success in snowboarding and business.
2. Practice, practice, practice.
When I was just starting out, I was out for lunch with a very smart fellow. I was bragging about the last few books I’d read and in an unimpressed tone he said “show me the people you’ve worked with, show me what you’ve done, don’t just tell people you’re smart, show them”. That’s suck with me till this day. Being busy all day might look good practice but if there’s a better way to get to your end goal, to really do the art you were meant to, find it. It’s not going to be easy. But instead of doing the easy work, do what’s hard.
3. Look good, feel good.
First appearances matter a lot. Don’t underestimate the power of a great first impression. Snowboarders for a long time have pushed the boundaries of winter fashion, they get noticed for a reason. If you want people to take you seriously maybe start dressing like a more successful version of yourself. Think about it. What would the future you look like?
4. The best snowboarders have fallen more than everyone else.
The key is they get up more than everyone else too. They keep getting back up again and again. The only way to learn a new trick, or to push your own limits is by risking failure. To those who risk the most are bound to reap the most rewards.
It’s not guaranteed in business, to risk the most then expect the most reward. But taking smart, calculated risks is how you learn to grow and adapt as a business. the company that tests the most ought to learn the most.
In business the most successful people have tried more than everyone else. The big difference between them and the average person is they never settled, they always went for one bigger obstacle. Failed at first then with persistence over time, surpassed the obstacle and landed an even bigger jump.