Being an entrepreneur is like being a bodybuilder, you have to work at it everyday. Bodybuilders lift weights to gain muscles. As their muscle mass increases they have to also increase the amount of weight that they lift in order to continue building muscle mass. The same thing that got you to the level that you’re at may not be the same thing that gets you to the next level. Also like a body builder, if you don’t challenge yourself then all you are doing is maintaining. There is nothing wrong with maintaining if you have everything you want and are completely satisfied with where you are. If not, then its time to add some weight to your entrepreneurial bar.

Kicking your entrepreneur muscles into gear

A common trait among entrepreneurs is that they never stop learning. The world is our classroom and no matter how much you know there is always something new to learn. If you feel like you are simply maintaining and not growing, learning a new skill may be the ticket for you to gain some new muscle mass. Look at where you are today and determine what maintaining is for you. If you are doing on average $50 a week in sales figure out how you can get to $100. A sign that you are growing is that the things you were satisfied with in the past don’t satisfy you anymore. If you have been doing the same numbers for the past 3 years then chances are you are just maintaining.

The world is our classroom and no matter how much you know there is always something new to learn.

What do I need to do to grow?

If you have ever been to the gym (even if its been a while) you know that working out isn’t easy. It is uncomfortable, time consuming and sometimes even painful. Despite all of that we know that working out is better for us than not working out. In order to grow as an entrepreneur you have to challenge yourself in the same ways you would at the gym. A lot of times we know what it takes for us to grow but we decide that it is easier to simply continue how we have been. In order to take that next step we have to challenge ourselves. We need to dedicate time to learning new skills and reading books about areas we may lack in. If we put in the work we will be rewarded with bigger muscle and a better business.

“If it wasn’t hard, everyone would do it. It’s the hard that makes it great.” – Tom Hanks