Sorry ladies, I’m not quite sure that this post will rock your world. While I believe that the learning’s I experienced today is for everybody, I’m not quite sure that you will appreciate all the balls talk :).
On the other hand, if you want an insight into male nature as well as advice on starting your business, you are of course more than welcome to keep on reading.
In this post I will teach you one important rule, you must remember when building your business. The rule is simply
Don’t Stop to Scratch Your Balls
OK, what the … does your ball have to do with building or running a business you might ask?!
I’m glad you asked 🙂
It all begins during my Sunday morning run
Thank god for habits… I’ve been down with running nose, sore throat and difficulties swallowing for three weeks now (in varying degrees), and yet I still manage to follow most of my morning running and exercise routines.
This also means that I run 12-13 kilometers (sorry, I have no ideas how many miles that is) each Sunday, and my moment of eureka came to me during one of these runs.
Around the 7 km mark I suddenly had an itch from my crotch.
Yes, I’m sorry to spell it out like this, but I guess that the title should have given you an early warning.
While you might not regular read blog posts about other people’s balls itching, I’m pretty sure that you’ve felt your balls itch (well at least if you’re guy :)).
Now I know it isn’t socially acceptable to simply go for the crotch when with others, but when that’s said I’ve seen a lot of dudes scratching and pulling the crotch area of the pants when they thought no one was looking (or simply didn’t care).
I’d say I’m normally a gentleman with my balls and not trying to do the Al Bundy move whenever I’m with other people.
But today I was pretty alone in my running and thought I could get away with a quick scratch on the balls to kill the itch.
This leads me to discuss “the how of ball scratching”… (Wait for it; I actually have a point about business very soon ;)).
The Ball Grip to rule them all
I really didn’t go for a “scratch” I was more aiming at the “three finger pinch” at the itching area.
Now that might not seem like an optimal strategy and for the ladies reading this, I have to emphasize that only certain areas of the balls are “no pinching regions”.
But it was a quick decision to use a strategy that had worked really well in the past, however this time around it should prove to be less than optimal.
Oh, the pain…
I missed the spot…
Normally I would say that I can pretty much identify the exact area of the itching area, and hit it hard with a blindfold in a dark room, even without involving any brain neurons to speak of.
But what my brain to hand coordination had forgotten on this precise day, was that:
- It was pretty cold, and
- I was wearing running tights
These two facts meant that my balls weren’t exactly positioned like they used to be…. ‘Nuf said 🙂
And my otherwise well-meaning three finger pinch, missed their mark and instead grabbed (and pinched) a pretty sore area (oh it hurts just writing this).
My first impulse was to go into fetal position right there on the forest path I was running on.
But I didn’t!
And now we’re approaching my point, because as pain flowed into my system, one thought stayed in my brain.
I’m running, why should I let a freak accident like this stop me?
Yeah I know, I’m probably pretty stubborn, but my point is that I was out running and if I was this as an excuse, what would be my next excuse for stopping.
This “accident” wasn’t related to my running activity, so why should I let stop me?!
What your balls can teach you about creating your own business
Wow you’ve made it this far :).
When you’re building a new business you need
- persistence and
- an optimistic view of the future
And the lessons my balls taught me today were…
- Don’t let trivial and unrelated tasks slow you down
- Don’t let resistance and pain stop you, it’s a natural part of building a business
Life is complex and doesn’t stop just because you’ve decided to create a business.
So don’t let all the static and background noise stop from your life stop you or even slow you down in your quest!
Go out kick ass, focus on the positive and ignore all the crap life or other people are sending in your direction!
Oh, and be careful if you ever try the three finger pinch on your balls!
Medical “Ball Busting” disclaimer
Please note I’m no medical professional (some would probably argue that I’m not even a professional ;)) so if you feel stressed and burned out, it’s probably a good idea to listen to what it is your body tries to tell you, and go visit a doctor.
I’m certainly not advocating that you run yourself down. Building a business is a marathon, not a short sprint so there’s no idea in burning yourself out. Or to keep the analogy below the waistline, don’t piss yourself to get warm, you’ll freeze again in 2 minutes (and look like fool on top of that). Hmm, that reminds of a certain new year’s eve, but I guess that’s a totally other story 🙂