As I stood there cheering & watching everyone come by Mile 25 … nearly to the finish around the corner, here were the 5 Key Insights that showed up as I watched the marathoners. They also apply to entrepreneurs …
1 – Age is just a number
I saw very young runners with parents and I saw senior citizens running. And everything in between. The smile, amount of energy left or physical posture was all over the map and had nothing to do with age.
2 – The expected advantages are NO guarantee
I saw marathoners of all shapes & sizes. You’d assume that someone relatively short, thin and apparently in good physical shape would handle the marathon well. Nope! This expected (physical) advantages were no guarantee for great success for the marathon.
3 – Vision only WITHOUT action isn’t enough
You could tell that some marathoners probably had had a vision of running a marathon but didn’t take the training action to actually prepare for the goal. Any difficult goal will require both vision AND action to truly achieve.
4 – Always Solo = Struggle
Okay, let’s be honest and say that this is probably STILL my biggest stumbling block to not recognize this insight. I saw some people running with groups, some running solo but with cheering them on. And some that looked to be very alone, very closed off from everyone & everything else. The people with the MOST energy at Mile 25 were doing their own work but connected with others somehow.
5 – Public victory may be small token – inner victory felt is HUGE
The medal for finishing the marathon is rather small BUT what it represents both in preparation, training, work and inner victory is HUGE. Many times, the physical representation is just that – a small physical token that represents way more.