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13 Lessons In Entrepreneurship From Finishing the Dubai Marathon

Amir Anzur Dubai Marathon

This time last year I achieved one of my long standing goals in life of completing a marathon – all 42.195 kilometers of it.  Here are 13 lessons in entrepreneurship from completing the Dubai Marathon.

1.  It Is Never the Right Time

I wasn’t going to run the marathon last year as I wasn’t prepared.  I hadn’t done any training besides going to a regular gym class three to four times a week.  The furthest I had run was 5 km on a treadmill a few weeks before.  I didn’t think I was ready.

The year before I had completed the Abu Dhabi Half Marathon (21 km) a month before the Dubai Marathon was taking place and was in much better shape.  When it came time for the actual marathon though I made excuses to myself on how I didn’t have time to train and I was not ready and so I chickened out.

For this marathon, I only signed up 12 hours before the race.  It wasn’t at all in my mind that I could do it.  It was not the right time.

As I help people start their own businesses and venture into the world of entrepreneurship, I get excuses the whole time of why people don’t want to pursue their dreams and their businesses ideas.  ”I would but I got my cousin’s wedding to attend to.”,  ”I would but I need to take a vacation first.”  ”I would, but we just had a baby.”, “I would, but I don’t have the money.”

If you have a goal or a dream, right now is the perfect time to start pursuing it.  Not when the stars are aligned, the sun is shining, the bank account is full and relatives are not visiting your home.  Get started now – with your unhealthy bank account, lack of skills, lack of connections or your lack of knowledge.

Take the first steps, it does not mean that you will open your restaurant over night but at least start doing the research of what exactly it would take (skills, finances, team, menu, location etc) or the courses you need to take that will help you make your dream a reality.

You will realize that many of the reasons are simple excuses that you give yourself.  If it was easy, everyone would have already done it.

The time is now.

Next year simply delays your dream one more year.


2.  Winners Have It Easier. Losers Have it Harder.

As you may have seen on television there are many water stations along the way as well as a cheering crowd who encourage the runners along the route of a marathon.

What you may not have seen is when the really slow runners come through, the water stations have cleared up, the crowd has gone home and the closed off roads are again open to the normal traffic.  The slow runners have to do without the water.  Do without the encouraging crowd.  Do without a smooth road and use the bumpy pedestrian sidewalks instead.

The leading pack had a car in front of them with the time display.  The water stations and the roads were clear for them.  The encouraging crowds were there for them.

Life also becomes easier for winners and harder for those not leading.  Its easier to get a bank loan when you don’t need one.  And when you don’t have money in your account, you start getting additional penalties from your bank.  It is easier to get a job, when you already have one.

Apple while its doing well will get even more good publicity from the media, while Blackberry starts having troubles it will get even more bad publicity which hurts sales even more.

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About Amir Anzur

Webpreneur. Learnaholic. Teacher. Dean at Webpreneur Academy.com.


  1. Individuals who are absolutely committed to their goals will not be stopped at the first or hundredth sign of resistance. And Excuses enslave their maker. ~ Sean Stephenson

    Winners never quit and quitters never win. ~Vince Lombardi

    Keep inspiring us Amir, you are in my list of transformational speakers.

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