Running a Half Marathon at 50 (as a metaphor for business success)
Thom Singer shares his year journey of running, eating better, and losing 30 lbs. For a non-runner this was a big accomplishment at age 50, but the funny thing is as a healthy man he apparently always had the potential to run, he just never did it.
In Jr High his PE coach called him a “lard ass” as he could not run a 440. In 2017 that coach would probably be fired for saying that, but in the 1970s that was a common thing. At an early age Thom self-identified as one who was not athletic, and certainly not a runner.
But if the potential was there all along, how come he never knew it. This is a problem facing many people. Individuals and organizations have a lot of potential, but they often come up short. Potential does not equal results.
In this episodes Thom talks about the 10 areas his research is showing that hold people back from accomplishing all they are capable of doing. He uses his new found running as the metaphor, but relates it all his experience with business.
1. Lack of focus
2. Fear of failure
3. No plan
4. Too many distractions
5. Can’t get past their past
7. Naysayers telling them they can’t succeed
8. Stuck in a comfort zone
9. It is not their priority (and that is okay, too)
10. Don’t have the right support / network