I’ve always been fascinated by the Atlantic salmon’s inherent ability to swim upstream, and as I thought about the complexities involved in achieving online business success, I realized that there are lessons we can learn from the Atlantic Salmon.
What are some of these lessons we can take away and apply to ourselves in our online business?
1. Fact: The Atlantic salmon spawns in fresh water but spends much of it’s life in the salty waters of the ocean.
Lesson: As business owners we have to be adaptable. We may start small and wade into shallow waters, but as we grow we may make decisions that will take us out of our comfort zone and plunge us into areas that are as wide as the ocean.
2. Fact: The salmon’s trip downstream towards the seas is long and arduous, but before going into the open sea it feeds greedily at the mouth of the river.
Lesson: Starting any business has its ups and downs and the road may not be smooth, but by feeding or educating yourself through books, online classes, webinars, having a responsive Mentor, and support system, you will be fortified to move on to bigger projects. Projects that may actually ‘frighten’ you but with the knowledge and partnerships you’ve acquired in your business you can progress and experience online business success.
3. Fact: The salmon’s time at sea prepares it for the journey back upriver to spawn. The Atlantic salmon negotiates across the ocean to begin the grueling task of swimming upstream against the flow. When it comes to obstacles, like weirs and waterfalls, the salmon jumps over them during the day by aiming for the light above the obstacle.
Lesson: You cannot stop growing, personally or in your business. You have to allow each platform of growth to take you higher as you expand your business. Along the way there will be obstacles, but like the salmon, you have to see beyond them and overcome them so that you can arrive at your ultimate destination. You may not be able to fly over the obstacles like the Atlantic salmon, but you can use them as stepping stones rather than stumbling blocks to meet the goals you’ve set and experience online business success.
I’d love to hear your thoughts about the above lessons. Can you think of other lessons we can learn?