I’ve written about fundamentals at length.
Understanding this concept at its core is crucial, yet few people do so. Those
who do, accomplish what the many consider outstanding, unimaginable, and
A house will collapse if its foundation is
A company will close doors if the groundwork
isn’t set properly.
A relationship will never withstand the storm
if the core values aren’t set in stone.
Your health will be seriously damaged if you don’t get quality sleep, provide your body with the right nutrients and skip exercises.
The majority of people invest their precious
time looking for new “things” to acquire. Some run after material stuff whereas
others want to learn new skills or experience new adventures. AND, there’s
nothing wrong about it. What’s dangerous though is if you replace the mastering
of the basics with the search for new.
Let’s look at a couple of examples in sports
before we move into business.
SWIMMING: The most important thing in
swimming is proper breathing. Whatever your swimming level, unless you master
your breathing technique (esp. exhaling
under the water – disregarded even by some advanced swimmers who like to hold
onto their breath under the water) you’ll never be able to become
extraordinary. Breathing is the engine that drives the physical effort.
JUDO: The most important thing in judo is the study of falling. The so called Ukemi or fall breaking (which includes front, back, right, and left break falls, as well as a forward roll break fall) is a fundamental part of all Judo techniques.
I had my first judo training at the age of 13.
Learning to fall the right way transformed my life. Not only did I never break
a bone or have a massive injury since but it also enabled me to figure skate
with a level of confidence other kids never had. I wasn’t afraid to fall
because I knew I could land the right way. Nevertheless, I practiced fall
breaking for tens of thousands of times in my judo classes. It didn’t require
me to think about it or waste additional energy and resources on it. It turned
into a reflex action that happened automatically.
The Art of Mastering the Fundamentals in
Studying the fundamentals, sticking day in and day out to building a strong foundation requires resilience and a mind of steel.
The very same principles that reign in the
world of sports, also apply to business and other areas of your life. Only when
you practice and come back to your basics on a regular basis, do you see flaws
in the structure and are able to strengthen the very core of what you’re
building: a sustainable, thriving business that will inspire many generations
It’s always the root that produces the fruits.
And yet, so many people who don’t like the fruits of their own tree move on to
creating new fruits without understanding the simple fact that by making some
changes to the roots of that one tree they’d get an entirely different harvest.
Let’s have a look at some of the foundational
elements of a successful and sustainable business:
* Knowing you.