One of the most successful women in the history of racing, Danica Patrick recently said she was surprised by how much more competitive and difficult NASCAR was compared with the IndyCar racing she cut her teeth on.
“We worked our butts off, tested a ton and tried to work on getting faster, working in the wind tunnel and doing everything we could to get better,” said Patrick of her Stewart-Haas Racing team. “And we did make up some ground.”
But not for long.
“As soon as you sit on that for a second and think, ‘OK, now let’s calm down for a second, everybody can have a week off.’ I don’t think you’re doing it on purpose, but all of a sudden you realize by the end of the year you’re not making any more progress,” said Patrick. “In fact, you’re falling behind again. So, the effort level that it takes when you’re like full-bore-all-you-can-do-to-go-faster is the only mode that you can be in. That is a competition level that I don’t think I have ever experienced.”
It’s interesting to see how many people (we measure it at 98.5%) in sales, marketing and business growing are relying on strategies and techniques from a bygone era and think they’re going to win today. Ha! It just doesn’t work that way – especially if you expect to have any quality life or lifestyle at all. No wonder the top 1.5% make nearly all the money and get all the fun!
We need to put ourselves in our own wind tunnel, work out butts off and test. How are you going to get better? What can you do right now – I mean by 3:00 today, what can you test?