Everyone probably knows someone who is celebrating today – celebrating running 26.2 miles! Most of us will have been rooting for someone running the London Marathon yesterday. What an amazing feat it is. Dubbed the Mental Health Marathon by the Young Royals and the Heads Together Campaign, this year’s race was surely the most inspirational yet. But the story that’s piqued our interest in the Breakthrough Team, unsurprisingly perhaps, is the breakthrough of club runner Josh Griffiths. He’s the 23-year-old Welsh student who has never run a marathon before and only went and finished as first Briton home. Josh doesn’t even appear in the elite race standings (despite finishing 13th overall) because he was in the club runner’s race. Now he’ll be representing Team GB at the World Championships in August.
Unbelievable. Or is it? Josh’s success got us thinking and actually we reckon there are some great lessons for starting your business which could have you competing with the best and on the winners’ podium, like Josh Griffiths.
Don’t be afraid of the Big Boys
Josh says he was able to run with GB elite runner Robbie Simpson and it was his strength which helped him get to the end. Start-ups don’t need to be afraid of the bigger, established businesses. Use their strengths to your advantage – like Josh did. That could mean learning from their strengths and weaknesses or even working with them. Realising that as a smaller business, you do have a competitive advantage as you can be more agile and quick to adapt. Plus, just like Josh, your competition won’t be expecting you!
The Right Plan
There’s a first for everything. Josh had never run a marathon before but with a target of 2.16 clearly, Josh was ambitious and had put the training in to give him the best chance of realising his goals. Starting your own business, there’s going to be lots of firsts but with the right support from programmes like Breakthrough, plus the right plan in place, your first time can be a huge success. Most runners would turn to an expert to get advice on training programmes and you can do the same by signing up for a Breakthrough Workshop where our team of coaches will help you plot the strategic direction of your business and can help you recruit too.
We heard an interview with a very humble and shocked sounding Josh on the radio this morning and he admits he certainly never expected to make the GB team. He’s been on the hunt for a job for when finishes his studies this summer. But somewhere inside, we’d wager a bet, he knew what he was capable of and when the going got tough, it was his belief which saw him through. If you believe in what you’re doing, believe in the idea and believe in yourself, you’re closer to the finish line already. Customers, investors, suppliers, followers, stakeholders – they will buy into your belief so when you’re chasing your goals, just as Josh was chasing the elite runners, keep focussed, keep going and keep believing.