Proven BJJ strategies that will surprisingly benefit entrepreneurs
BJJ is essentially a grappling art where you, as a BJJ fighter, will constantly try to control their opponent on the ground, overpower them, and make them submit using the several chokes or joint locks. As an entrepreneur and non-practitioner, Brazilian Jiu jitsu (BJJ) may appear to you as nothing more than a martial art or a combat sport that you practice in weird-looking pajamas– a cool side hobby at best. However, BJJ training can offer way more than what first meets the eye. It will instill in you a set of important life skills that will greatly help you as an entrepreneur as you apply the principles you learn in the business world.
Here are some of the most important lessons that you can get out of the game as an entrepreneur.
Use Leverage, Not Force
Brazilian jiu jitsu is primarily about technique and leverage. The techniques, when applied correctly, can allow a small individual to overpower a much larger one. The beginner in jiu jitsu will try to use raw force against his opponent and wear himself out in trying to do. Worse yet, If the opponent is an advanced practitioner, he will easily be able to use that force to his own advantage and easily pin him to the ground to get him into one of the joint locks or chokeholds.
Similarly, an entrepreneur in the business world is tempted to use raw force instead of leverage which quickly wears him or her out and often the competition is able to take advantage of that.
A successful entrepreneur will learn to use leverage to their advantage over time. The ones who have been practicing BJJ will do so by default as their mindset has been conditioned that way.
Many entrepreneurs see themselves as general managers and jack of all trades and end up micro managing things while they burn themselves out working a 14 hour work day. Sure, work ethic is important, but that alone will not help the entrepreneur grow his or her business. Intelligent work is required, and working intelligently calls for knowing your leverage point as an entrepreneur.
Jiu jitsu teaches the entrepreneur to know and utilize the leverage points and to work efficiently.
Position First, Submission Later
BJJ revolves around trying to control and submit your opponent aka make him “tap out.” Naturally, when you first take up the sport, you don't know much so you resort to brute force. Focusing just on apply brute force, you overlook the required positioning that’s necessary for you to actually gain control. When you’re not correctly positioned, it leaves you vulnerable and open to counterattacks, providing unnecessary advantage to your opponent. Therefore, first position yourself, and then go for the submission.
There are a number of parallels to the business world here. As entrepreneurs, we want to force our competition out, we want to be the market leader, or want to single handedly dominate our niche, don’t we?
There are times when we get so engrossed in the endeavor that we completely lose sight of the fundamentals. You may try to launch a product even when the quality is not exactly up to the mark or proper test marketing has not been done. Or, you may over-advertise without considering the return on investment. Worst yet, you may even miss out on real opportunities as you were busy trying to force your competitor out.
Sustainable growth calls for being in that stable position in the first place. Strengthening your position in the market allows you to capitalize on the growth opportunities whenever they appear.
Some of the things that will actually help you in building up that position of strength would be:
- Building up cash reserves (to capitalize on opportunities later)
- Delegating or outsourcing administration tasks
- Cutting down on unnecessary expenses
- Generating new ideas regularly
BJJ training teaches this important principle to an entrepreneur early on.
The Importance of Consistency
Much like in most endeavors in life, consistency is key in both BJJ training and in the business world for success.
Often, you will come across a lot of excited beginners in the BJJ, usually with intent to reach a fitness goal, recommended by family or friend, and etc every other week, but a few weeks down the road, you will stop seeing those new faces.
This is when only the core group of serious, regular learners will remain. The business world is quite similar and a lot of entrepreneurs come and go from the market every other day. The idea to run your own business is exciting to most people, but the consistency required to make it work is what most of them lack.
When the harsh realities of being an entrepreneur start to hit you and things such as customers not paying off their invoices or a new formidable competitor entering the market start to stress you out, it is difficult to find the motivation to continue on. Just continue to explore ways, be open to trying new strategies and adapt to the changing market trends– just be consistent.
Jiu jitsu tunes your mind to follow this important principle in business and life.
BJJ training will help instill a number of life skills that and condition your mind a certain way that will help you make better business decisions and make you a tougher entrepreneur than most .
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