Being an avid NASCAR fan I’ve always been intrigued by the constant activity of a race team and how they keep it all together from the race shop to the race track. The best teams never lose a beat regardless of what pressures they are under. Each team works at their highest level with a main goal in sight, winning the race. Running your business can be done with the same precision and pride.
Here are just a few lessons that can be applied to your business:
You’re the head of your business but where would you be without your supporting cast of employees, colleagues, coaches. mentors, etc.? Just as a driver has a crew chief and pit crew to help them before, during and after a race, surrounding yourself with the right people allows you to excel in taking your business to the next level while ensuring the daily operations of your business never skip a beat.
Sprint Cup drivers take to the track sometimes driving in excess of 200 mph. They will shove cars out of the way or make it 3 or 4 wide in places only 2 cars should be. They will even try to conserve gas instead of making a pit stop. They do this all in the hopes of winning the race. Although the level is different, owning a business has its own inherent risks. Any change you make to your business may be risky but you do it in the hopes of bettering your business.
Sometimes a race doesn’t go exactly the way a team may want it to go. In last year’s final Race for the Chase Tony Stewart knew that if he finished ahead of Carl Edwards he would win the Championship. After getting a hole in the grill of his car early in the race many wrote him off at making a comeback. With some gutsy calls in the pits and on the track not only was Stewart able to come from the back of the field twice, he won the race and the championship. As a business owner you need to look at any obstacle you incur as a stepping stone towards the success of your business rather than a roadblock you cannot pass.
Owning a business can be very challenging but just as rewarding. By taking the time to apply the above lessons you will be well on the way to taking your business to Victory Lane.
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