3 Things Small Business Owners Can Learn from Training Camp
Presented by FreeEnterprise.com, Hilary Halpern shares small business lessons gleaned from an NFL pre-season training camp.
Just days before the pre-season kickoffs and the (sort of) start of football season, some members of the FreeEnterprise.com team had the opportunity to attend a session of the Redskins pre-season training camp. While normally a time for NFL teams to acclimate themselves to new teammates and systems, and get back into shape, we here at FreeEnterprise.com thought there were some interesting lessons to be learned for the small business owner.
Setting Goals: “I think everybody would agree with me on the team that expectations for us can be no lower than getting to the Super Bowl…Everybody should have that goal. If you don’t have that goal, then it’s like a defeatist type of mindset” said Houston Texans defensive end Antonio Smith in a recent interview with the AP. While many agree the Texans have a shot at this year’s Super Bowl, it helps that they are already setting that goal.
Goals need to be specific if we have any chance of accomplishing them. In a 2010 survey of small business owners, over 80% said that they don't keep track of their business goals. Even if they are as lofty as making it to the Super Bowl – it’s important to give yourself a benchmark of success and something to strive for.
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