We are reviewing the ten most important factors that will determine your success (or not) as an entrepreneur.
#9. Physical Fitness
The life of an entrepreneur is taxing - mentally, emotionally AND physically. And, in order to increase the odds of your success, you need to assess the state of your physically conditioning.
The life of an entrepreneur includes long days and sleepless nights. The entrepreneur often does not have the luxury of giving in to fatigue. And so, there will be many days when you need to be clear-headed and "in the game" even though you would give your right arm for the chance to lay down for a brief rest.
It is said that "fatigue makes cowards of us all" (generally attributed to football legend, Vince Lombardi). And I happen to subscribe to that. When we are physically exhausted, our mind and will suffer as well, and we often take short-cuts - perhaps not cowardice in the traditional sense, but a variation. And, these short cuts - when taken - can be disastrous if they come at the wrong time in a business development.
As Lombardi suggests, physical fitness and mental sharpness go hand in hand. When your body is ready, your mind will come along.
There are many ways to stay physically fit and, in my view, no one is superior to another. Just find what works for you and push your body for growth and development. The result will be that you have greater stamina for the life and challenges of being an entrepreneur.