This morning I learned that I have the wrong XC skis to race in. I competed in the Alley Loop classic this morning in Crested Butte, and I got smoked.
Last year was my first year getting in XC skiing so I admittedly don't know much about the sport. I did my first "race" last year and thought I did decent for the first year of competing. I guess I assumed all the other races would be similar terrain to the Devil's Thumb Classic held in my hometown of Winter Park.
This morning's race was an eye opener. I have classic BC skis, which are made to be efficient while skiing on un groomed trails — such as the cross country mountain bike trails in Winter Park.
I entered the race in Crested Butte this year as it was one of the only races I could find that was operating this year with COVID. Apparently, not only do I have the wrong type of skis for racing. I also know absolutely nothing about proper waxing systems for nordic skiing.
Let's just say my inexperience showed on the trails today. People were flying past me all day and I was stuck moving what seemed like inch by inch in the classic tracks.
About 1/4 of the way into the race I realized today would be no longer about the race with other people on the track. I realized the race was about competing with myself. Even though I was moving much slower than the others, I came to the conclusion that I would challenge myself to not only finish but give it my best effort.
3/4 of the way into the race, I had another thought. If I'm going to do something, I might as well invest time in research up front and buy the right equipment to allow me to do the best job possible.
Just like a professional carpenter buys all of the right tools for his craft, I should consider buying the right tools for whatever I'm putting my effort towards.
This doesn't mean I need to go spend money on the most expensive brand for everything I do. But I reinforced today in my head that it's worth investing in time and resarch up front to figure out what tools I need to get the job done.
And I think this principle can apply to other areas of my life. The next example I thought of was related to the podcast.
If I'm going to do the EntrepreneurHQ podcast, I might as well do it up right.
This means that I should invest time in researching the right tools to produce the podcast. I'l admit that up to this point, I've been heavily focused on the lead measures associated with getting the EntrepreneurHQ podcast off the ground. When I say lead measures, I'm referring to all of the action tasks that need to happen in order to get the recordings such as reaching out to interesting entrepreneurs, scheduling the interviews, recording the interviews, defining the structure of the questions, etc.
"If i'm going to do something, it's worth doing that something well."
And doing something well requires time, research, and investment.
"Is there anywhere in my business I could be doing a better job by investing a little more time into research or a little more money into quality equipment / tools?"
Consider joining the 459 other entrepreneurs on my weekly Founder Friday newsletter. Each week, I interview one successful startup founder on my podcast & distill the most important learnings in a quick, easy to read format. Just tell me where I should send it 👇