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Everything I Know About Business I Learned from My Horse

09/29/2015 10:33 AM | Anonymous member

When my little girls love of horses blossomed into competing in the jumping divisions of nationally rated horse shows, I surprisingly received the best business education I could have ever imagined.

First, of course, I learned to get back on the horse after I fell off.  As successful business women we need to get up after frustrations and failures, doubt and disappointment. We need to take time to dust ourselves off, reassess what happened, catch our breath and then get back to work. 

Second, I discovered very quickly, that there will always be manure to shovel.  And in business there will always be things we would rather not deal with and that are sometimes rather stinky!

And then there are the three P’s:


Learning to jump begins by getting on your horse and walking over a pole on the ground. It’s not very exciting, but the small, simple steps build confidence and a solid foundation.

As the jumps get higher and the pace increases, this consistent daily work develops the physical power of your horse and the mental power you need to successfully navigate your ride.  Building our businesses one step at a time creates a solid base and gives us a chance to embrace being a strong, powerful business women.


It is vital to know what speed to maintain when galloping over a course jumps.  If you go too slowly you won’t get over the jump. If you gallop too fast, you may just crash right through it.  In the show ring and in business we sometimes have to make a big push, and other times it’s wisest to slow down and regroup.  But the majority of the time, to build a strong sustainable business, we need to determine and consistently maintain the pace that is most effective for us.


Patience and compassion are key to creating a graceful, powerful partnership with a living creature, whether horse or human, and effective communication only works when you pay attention and are respectful. 

Horses cannot work constantly without becoming mentally exhausted or physically hurt and neither can we. Sometimes the best training is not training at all, but simply leading your horse into a pasture with lush green grass where they can graze to their heart’s content while you rest against their shoulder.

And sometimes the best business decision is to get away from our business for a time and do something that rejuvenates us.  We’ll return refreshed, more effective and creative…and able to gallop over any obstacles in our path.


Barb Greenberg  Founder/CEO Rediscovering U   www.rediscoveringu.com

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