3 things I learnt from the Tour de France

This is a repost post of an essay I wrote a couple of years ago.

Last year’s Tour De France came down to the last hill of the penultimate stage to decide who would take the yellow jersey through the streets of Paris. 
This got me thinking about how we can apply this to your business life:

1. It’s not over until it’s over

It reminded me, that firstly, the “never give up attitude” is so important. There is always a chance to take victory. Even when everyone keeps saying it’s impossible. So never stop trying and never give up. Make the winner work for the victory. Push hard right till the end, and if he slips up, even just a little, you will be there to take the top spot.

And secondly, if you think you are home and dry and it’s in the bag, it normally isn’t. There is always somebody else right behind you ready to take the victory from you.

Don’t rest on your laurels. It’s not over until it’s over.

2. Consistency wins

The winner of the Tour is always the most consistent rider over the 3 weeks. Not the best sprinter or the best hill climber or the best over the first two weeks.

No, the most consistent rider over the entire course always wins.

This is such an important lesson. In today’s world of quick fixes and instant gratification, we forget that more often than not, that truly successful people are always the most consistent. Work hard consistently and the results take care of themselves.

3. It’s a team sport

In order for Chris Froome to win the Tour, he needed his entire team working together for the common cause. Without the tireless work of his team getting him from stage to stage, he would never have been able to take the yellow jersey.

We often forget that in life, its nearly impossible to be successful on your own. It’s the main reason there’s a big emphases on networking and mentorship in the tech startup world. Building the right team is vital if you want to succeed.

It truly is something special to be part of when a group of people come together and are completely dedicated to the same cause. 
Besides, it can get lonely very quickly on your own.

Truthfully, I struggle with all of these. But hopefully, I am self-aware enough to notice and correct or improve as I go. I'm not sure there is anything else you can really do?

Gareth