If you’re not sure what kitesurfing is all about, it’s a water sport that combines wake boarding with kite flying, using the natural elements of the wind to generate the power needed to move across the water – the same power that you would generally get from a motorboat. It has become one of the fastest growing water sports in the world, particularly among highly successful business people.

Entrepreneurs are often risk taking, adventurous individuals. Not surprisingly, many of them try things like kite boarding, ice climbing, car racing, flying planes and heli-skiing. According to Sean Tierney, a young entrepreneur and founder of Jumpbox, it’s not just that entrepreneurs are attracted to those sports, but entrepreneurs have a lot to learn from a sport like kite boarding. If you’ve just raised a brow in wonderment as to why these types of folks are drawn to kitesufring, let me explain.

A skilled kitesurfer has a learned ability to navigate upwind and then launch themselves into the air, sometimes reaching several stories high. This is accomplished with polished timing skills and the right choice of waves. Given that kitesurfing is indeed a water sport and has nothing (obvious) to do with running a successful company, you may still not see the connection, however, there are three striking parallels that connect one to the other:

Finding your power

When you’re out on the open water you are constantly bombarded with variables. Not only are you trying to focus on controlling your kite and managing your board, you’re also trying to gauge shifts in the wind – the same wind shifts that are your power source that can either take you where you want to go or lead you adrift.

Much like a business, there are always variables to deal with: shifting wind, a terrain that is constantly in motion, the need for more power (resources) to propel forward and of course, other kitesurfers. You’ll certainly need to watch out for them! In the business world, these kitesurfers can be the key to whether you sink or swim. As a startup business with limited resources and constant variables, the key to improving your situation is finding your power.

Using a disadvantage to your advantage

Unlike other water and wind-dependent sports, in kitesurfing you are anchored to your board with the wind swirling past you. This creates an interesting challenge in that, if you have the ability, you can manually inflict control over your anchored position to change how your kite flies. Kitesurfers are taught not to fight the wind, but instead, work with it.

If the wind is not doing what you want it to, much like a new business, you’ll need to figure out which direction it is you want to head in and then change your sailing position to work with the wind. If you work against the wind you will quickly become a toppled heap, the same as with a startup. Take advantage of your shallow water times to reorient yourself with the winds and reposition your sails to apply your new knowledge to appropriately shift in the markets.

Learn to travel upwind

While it’s true anyone with the right equipment and full sails can go wherever they want, it takes true knowledge and dedication to learn how to travel against the wind. However, once you learn how to successfully work against the wind, well, you can go just about anywhere. The same holds true for a business. Any business with a start up advantage of deep pockets and endless resources can easily just toss up their sail and head downwind; however, most businesses do not start out this way. Learning to travel upwind means learning to generate your own power, enough power to be able to pull yourself out of the water.

The next trick to staying on track is to choose the correct line then use the edge of your board to carve out the path you want. This is referred to as the fall line, the trajectory of your generated force combined with your ability to maintain maximum height while propelling forward. By choosing the right fall line you’ll be able to keep your kite, or your business, in the right place to maintain that groove. The world will then be your oyster!


Article Author: Smiljan Mori is the founder of MindOver™ Network, Brilliant solutions for Performance, Motivation and Happiness. He is also the creator of Financial Independence Academy TM , the Kitepreneur NetworkTM and Kitepreneur Business Success AcademyTM. He has literally created a successful business and coaching empire from scratch and is a best-selling author and motivational speaker who brings unparalleled professional experience and the latest scientific research from neuroscience and positive psychology to audiences around the globe. He has shown more than 150,000 people from 50 countries how to change their lives for the better.

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