When we were diving in Jamaica a few months ago, I couldn’t help but see the parallels between scuba diving and running a business. After all, when you’re under the water it’s silent and all you can hear are the thoughts in your head.
So, I get a lot of thinking done while diving.
After all, thinking about business is way more fun than thinking about whether I’ll absentmindedly swim headfirst into a jellyfish or brush up against a lionfish, right?
5. Stick with your dive buddy
Or know where he is at all times. The last thing you want when you’re under the water is for something to happen and have no help around. The same goes with running a business, a support group is so important, having someone to bounce ideas off of or just to have some adult interaction is priceless.
4. Be Observant
Look around, be aware of your surroundings, or you at just miss that sea turtle sighting. What a tragedy that would be!
There are opportunities abound when you run your own business. But be aware and ready to act when they come around, because you may not get a second chance.
3. Push yourself
But be smart about it. If you don’t take (smart) risks, you won’t get anywhere.
On my very first open water dive, I practically had a panic attack because the waves were so strong that it was difficult to go below the surface. Luckily, I eventually did and found a whole new world and passion because I was willing to push myself over that hurdle.
2. Continue your education
It’s always more fun when you know more stuff. After obtaining an Advanced Open Water certification, you are allowed to dive deeper (to 100ft), so you get to see more stuff, like wrecks. And who wouldn’t love to dive around and through a shipwreck?
1. Just keep breathing
No matter what.
Just keep breathing.