Entrepreneurial Lessons from Youth Hockey

Entrepreneurial Lessons from Youth Hockey

The last two years I’ve coached my son’s team in hockey and it has been one of the most enjoying and fulfilling things I’ve ever done. My most recent coaching experience inspired me to standup and articulate the connections I see between and the lessons I think we can glean from youth hockey.

This is the first special episode of on Whatever The Heck That Means on YouTube channel in which I take a bit more time than usual to tell the story of this hockey tournament and draw some parallels and lessons from it to entrepreneurship. Check it out. Like, and subscribe if you do. Comment your thoughts and questions too.

The recent experience of “getting the band back together” to play in a local hockey tournament was a journey of excitement, shock, uncertainty, commitment, courage, effort, progress, and triumph. And I see great parallels between this experience, and that of entrepreneurship, new product launches, shifting customer preferences, new market competition, and the iterative learning path to success.

So, in this video I tell the story of this tournament and draw parallels and lessons to the entrepreneurial journey and the toolbox of expert entrepreneurs.

Ultimately, we arrive at 5 key takeaways:

  1. People First
  2. The Stockdale Paradox
  3. The Non-Linear Path
  4. Prioritize Progress
  5. Learn for the Long-Run

(Find out more about The Stockdale Paradox in the context of the traits of expert entrepreneurs here, and how and why it became one of my two anchoring core values here.)

If you want to talk about how you can apply these ideas in your business, contact me through simbiotrek.com.

Sean Kennedy

The creator of "Whatever The Heck That Means" can usually be found with his wife and two sons in their adopted home of North Carolina. From there he is the Founder and President of Simbiotrek, LLC (https://simbiotrek.com), and makes occasional digital imprints on LinkedIn (https://linkedin.com/in/seanpk) and Twitter (https://twitter.com/AkaMacGyver).

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