This is a very interesting question to think about. I actually studied in-depth about Tiger Woods, Vanessa Williams and Michael Schumacher. I studied their biographies on what exactly they did from an early age until they reached the stage of their career. They all had similarities. One is that they actually practice quite a lot. You can watch a documentary about Vanessa Williams on how her parents hired a coach to train her again and again.

The same story goes for Tiger Woods, how much he practiced off the course. Michael Schumacher – when he was only a kid, his father would take him to the race track or go-carting all the time. All of them have a key factor of practice, practice, and practice. And this is just one of many.

A lot of work and practice

Second thing is actually from the Japanese Samurai Masahide. He became the greatest warrior of all time because of the skills he learned. Masahide learned every single martial arts move. Like people say, “knowledge is power.” I can resemble this back to when I used to play video games. Many of my friends would ask me why I would not stick to one character in a game. One of the reasons was I wanted to know weaknesses of other characters and wanted to see if they were actually stronger than my character. Therefore, I kept on making new characters, I probably had more characters in that one game than anyone else.

This folds down to the same thing as rapper 50 Cents. The amount of records he made to actually reach to where he is right now must be countless. It is same to do with Edison, the amount of inventions he made. Everything is down to “You need to do it”, which is exactly the same for startups and entrepreneurs. You need to create, you need to do it. This is the only way you can find why it fails.

The amount of failures I’ve had is endless. Out of my two or three successes in startups, I probably had more than 50 failed. What we can learn from the winner is the game of the number. If aspiring founder asks me today about how to build a successful startup, I’d say if you only have ONE idea you are in trouble.

if you only have ONE idea you are in trouble.

Too many people procrastinate in a singular idea and they don’t want to share it with others because they think their idea is precious. Ideas are not that new these days.

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It’s all about execution. Everything goes down to the same thing at the end of the day. “You just need to do it”, period.

Those who are serial entrepreneurs just perfected their art of going through this process a lot faster and learn how to fail faster, manage faster, and waste less resources.

So Why winners always tend to win?

They work faster and execute. For a winner it is only about getting a result quickly and answering. The reasons why Tiger Woods or Michael Schumacher tends to always win is the amount of practice and experiment so that they can execute their skills correctly. Therefore, when they execute correctly, they execute perfectly. They practiced so much that it became their second nature.

Startups and founders need to practice so that you can do it without even thinking about it. When you are still thinking, it shows that you haven’t perfected your art yet. The only way to professionalize your art is to practice.

The only way to professionalize your art is to practice.

There is a very interesting thing about Lewis Hamilton, who is a young talented F1 driver. What happened to him is that he had the best coach and trainer of the world who studied Michael Schumacher. They broke it down to a sport science to create a simulation for him. Lewis didn’t actually go on the track like Schumacher did. This is why I give a place for my team to train their presentation skills and practice public speaking, which are the key skills for startups or entrepreneurs nowadays.

Anyone can become a winner?

The older you get, the harder it is for them to do so. Something similar between these winners is that they were taught to win when they were really young. As soon as I became competitive with my friends as a kid, I subconsciously just wanted to win all the time at anything. For example, my friend was better at tennis than me. So I just started practicing the whole summer to beat him. I was lucky to have such competitive friends and this kind of environment since I was small. Cause If I didn’t have a super competitive surrounding, I would have gone down a different path. It is all about the environment you put yourself in.

Key Take away on why winners always tend to win: 

  • Put lots of work and practice
  • Execution
  • Surround yourself with highly competitive people

Jayson Ho on why winners always tend to win