I stumbled upon this article the other day and thought it was great. Especially with so many negative articles swirling out there recently, I thought we needed a fun read.
Six Ways CrossFitters Are Like Entrepreneurs
By John Jackovin, CEO, Bawte.
I don’t have time for many extras in my life. I dedicate most of my days to family, my startup, and working out. Anything else just fills in gaps. I have been building startups since 2000. I have been working out since college, but only came across CrossFit in 2011. A buddy of mine told me how difficult it was, so I had to try it.
I tried it out and suffice it to say, he was right. I wound up doing part of the WOD (workout of the day) with rubber bands because I simply could not do another pull-up. As I got deeper into the CrossFit community, I started seeing an amazing correlation between CrossFit and my life as an entrepreneur. How so?
- People think you’re nuts. The reaction is almost always the same. They think you have a screw loose, but secretly they admire what you are willing to put yourself through. I love this. I don’t want to be a “me too.” I want people to see what a lot of hard work can do.
- You are good at little and fail often. Every day you fail. Fail to close a customer. Fail to do another muscle up. And both really shed light on things you are good at and the things you are horrible at and ultimately need to work on. Identifying weakness is key. You can’t fix it if you refuse to believe it’s not broken.
- You need strength and stamina. Whoa buddy. You have to be prepared for everything and to do anything. Being specialized means you are bad at 99 out of 100 things, which won’t work for entrepreneurship or CrossFit. You better be at least a little bit product guy, design guy, marketing guy, tech guy, sales guy and numbers guys as much as you need to be a runner, Olympic lifter, gymnast, kettlebell’er, wall baller and GHD sit-up master.
- You have a special personality. I have found some of the most interesting people in startups and CrossFit. Sure, there are interesting people outside of these two circles, but there is something attractive to me about both sects. Maybe it is the curiosity as to why these people do the things they do.