Business lessons I learned in snowboard school

Every winter, I step away from my business for a few days and devote my time to teaching children how to snowboard at our local mountain. I love doing this because it’s a great way for me to get out of my office and out on my snowboard, it’s fun to help someone learn how to do something new, and hanging out with kids helps me remember how much little things matter.

We get so caught up in the day to day routines and challenges that sometimes it’s good to take a step back and see things from a different perspective.

The children I coach are mostly between the ages of 3 and 13, and at that age, things are pretty simple. Kids are also pretty brilliant, and I thought you would appreciate these lessons they continue to teach me:

  • Snack time is the best. Before you start your day, make sure you’ve planned for it.
  • Take lots of breaks. When you’re tired, stop and rest.
  • Baby steps. Start small and don’t try to go too fast too soon.
  • Don’t give up. When you do fall (and you will), don’t just lie there. Get back up, brush yourself off, and try again. You’ll get it eventually.
  • Avoid obstacles. If something (or someone) gets in your way, it’s not the end of the world. Just choose a different course.
  • There’s no rush. This isn’t a race, and we don’t have to do everything today.
  • Hot chocolate makes everything better — especially with marshmallows
  • It’s good to try something you’re a little afraid of. Commit to trying, then see #7.

As you do your business planning for the upcoming weeks and months, remember these tips. Over the past few months I’ve been thinking a LOT about what I want to see happen in my life and my business in the coming year, and I couldn’t help but see the parallels between these lessons from the kids and my business (and my life overall).

So as you look ahead to what’s next, keep these five things in mind;

  • Push yourself to do something you’re a little afraid of.
  • Don’t rush through it.
  • Make it fun.
  • If you fall, get back up.
  • And always make time for things that make you happy.

Wishing you a joyful year with lots of hot chocolate with marshmallows.