You Can't Fix a Race You Never Start - MOD027


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Welcome to the Merchants of Dirt Podcast Episode #27, hosted by founder Kyle M. Bondo. In this episode, you can't fix a race you never start, so stop caring about what other people might think and go define your own race direction style.

Negative Thinking Reality Checks

Reality Check #1 -- Everyone starts somewhere YOU HAVE VALUE and your race will have value too, but you can’t create value if you never actual build the thing.

Reality Check #2 -- Anything worth doing is hard But if it was easy, everyone would be doing it and If you never start, you will never get better.

Reality Check #3 -- You can only please half of your customers half of the time The few bad people will never be happy, no matter what you do. So stop letting the possibility of someone having a bad time bother you.

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Build New Coping SkillsWhen you’re ready to start changing, start applying the techniques of:

Coping Skill #1 -- Feedback is a force multiplier Use positive feedback to keep yourself motivated and ignore the negative feedback that is not constructive.

Coping Skill #2 -- Don’t be afraid to experiment Experiment, discover new things and always be learning.

Coping Skill #3 -- The hard slog is easily overlooked Accept that there are no overnight successes and only compare yourself TO yourself. The key is to take action.

Call to ActionThank you so much for listening to Merchants of Dirt Podcast. If you have questions or comments, please reach out to me @MerchantsofDirt on Twitter or by Email. I have a few things I want you to do right now:

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About the Merchants of Dirt PodcastThe Merchants of Dirt Podcast, hosted by founder Kyle M. Bondo, is a show dedicated to helping you build better off-road races and give you the sports management skills needed to promote successful mountain biking, trail running, orienteering, adventure racing, and endurance events. As part of the Reckoneer Media Network, Merchants of Dirt Podcast joins the Get Lost Racing Podcast in supporting Reckoneer’s education mission to teach race promoters how to build a successful race promotion business. Each episode provides subscribers with an insider’s guide to practical recreational engineering and useful race promotion education from the point-of-view of Kyle’s 20+ years of experience in the off-road racing industry.

Thank You for ListeningNow go build better races!

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