How can boxing possibly relate to business? You might have asked yourself that question before you clicked on this article. And I don’t blame you. On a surface level, boxing and building a business are completely unrelated. But when you explore the creative side of your medulla oblongata, you can uncover a score of commonalties. At this point, you will realize that the art of boxing–the work ethic, the suffering, the number of times you get knocked down–has a lot to do with build a small, medium, or even enterprise business. I have sat down with a number of amateur boxers as they were rising to stardom, including Adrien Broner and Floyd Mayweather Junior., and they all had something to say about the similarities between boxing and entrepreneurship. Among the many things that we discussed, from training to being a champion, here are three critical takeaways that can benefit you in your personal and professional life.
1. Keep making progress, even if you have to take baby steps. Let’s say you got 1% better every single day consistently throughout the year. That tiny, minuscule, seemingly unimportant forward movement equates to getting 365% after just one year! I hope that put things into perspective. And always, always, always celebrate the small wins. It helps you to keep going when times get tough (which they will).
2. Tough times don’t last, but tough people do. After getting dragged through the mud, the most persistent of them all always comes out clean. Pain is always temporary, but it helps if you think of pain as “weakness leaving the body (or business).” Glory, however, lives forever. You’ll always be remembered for your greatness, whether you’re a scrappy entrepreneur or featherweight champion.
3. Don’t go for the gusto right away. Barry Bonds hit a lot of home runs in his life, but it took him years of training to break the records that he did. Sometimes it’s best to be patient, actively listen, learn and improve, then to go straight for the grand prize. You’ll be much more equipped when the time comes if you stay poised during your rise to success.
If you apply some of these lessons to your daily life, you will watch yourself begin to soar. Whether your dream is to be a firefighter like your old grandpa, a martial arts master, or a military pilot, you can do anything you set your mind to. Keep moving forward, my friends.