Inside the fighting ring

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When you're outside the ring, is easy to criticize the athletes performance. It's simple to know what would be the best attack or the best defense while you're comfortably seated in your chair.

But you're outside the ring! And there's a good reason for it. You know that it takes courage, hard work, passion and discipline to be inside that ring.

The fighters that you see inside the ring made a choice. They've chosen to train as hard as they can to be the best fighters they can be. But not only that. They've chosen to compete against other fighters that have the same goal in mind. But not only that. They've chosen to expose themselves by competing live on a public fighting ring. They understand that competition gives you the opportunity to improve both your strengths and weaknesses.

The same thing applies to business and entrepreneurship. As soon as someone tries to change the status quo and introduces something new to the World, soon enough, comfortably standing outside the "business" ring, the critics appear to do what they do best: tell you why you'll fail. Some people find fault like there's a reward for it. Here's some of the best historic critics prediction quotes:

I think there is a world market for maybe five computers. ~Thomas Watson, chairman of IBM, 1943.

The Americans have need of the telephone, but we do not. We have plenty of messenger boys. ~ Sir William Preece, chief engineer of the British Post Office, 1876.

We don’t like their sound, and guitar music is on the way out. ~Decca Recording Co. rejecting the Beatles, 1962.

Inside the fighting ring just as in business you have to:
  • Understand that the real fight begins with hard training. If you're not sweating, not bleeding and without any pain then you're not training. Remember the old saying "The more you sweat in training, the less you bleed in battle"? It's absolutely true and you should start implementing it today!
  • Learn to take a hit. No businessman and no fighter will become a champion without taking a hit. The question is: how will you react after being hit. Some of them will hurt you a little bit and some of them will leave you KO. However, above all things: never give up! Only losers quit.
  • Focus on the battle at hand. Ask any fighter if they hear anything when they're inside the ring. When the bell rings, they stop listening the crowd and the critics. They are extremely focused on winning that fight one punch at a time. And so should you.
  • Look for your opponent weaknesses. As tall, as strong and as big your opponent can be, he has weaknesses. Your job is to find them and leverage them with your strengths.

Being inside the ring is a choice.

Think about this and, hopefully, I'll see you next time, inside the business ring!
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