What Does it Take to be an Entrepreneur?

Colton Moody, CEO of Choice LLC, says that he enjoys being an entrepreneur and building businesses. Prior to joining Choice, Colton Moody served as CEO of Momentum Marketing, where he grew the company from 10 employees and $3 million in revenue in 2001 to 250 employees and $450 in revenue by 2008. As team leader of Omni Group, a sales and marketing company, Moody had the highest sales in the company year after year.

An entrepreneur is a person who initiates a business, usually with some potential risk involved. Entrepreneurship generally requires long hours and great sacrifices, but the potential for rewards can be tremendous. The following characteristics make a successful entrepreneur:

1. Leadership-oriented. An entrepreneur is required to demonstrate strong decision-making capability along with the ability to motivate people toward a common goal.

2. Self-motivated. A successful entrepreneur works tirelessly to resolve problems as they arise.

3. Attentive to ethics and integrity. Those who do not manifest integrity will find themselves without willing business partners or customers.

4. Not afraid of failure. Calculated risks must be taken in order to obtain rewards.

5. Innovative. Entrepreneurs are always coming up with new ideas or working to improve existing ones.

6. Eager to learn. Success demands the willingness to ask questions when necessary.

7. Competitive. Entrepreneurs enjoy a challenge and enjoy winning.

8. Connected to a strong network of peers. The best entrepreneurs understand that they cannot succeed alone.

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High School Football Players Should Consider Wrestling in Off-Seasons

Utah-based businessman Colton Moody was a star athlete at Delta High School in Delta, Utah, where he won the state championship in wrestling for his weight category. As a captain and all-state player on Delta High’s football team, Colton Moody led the team to two state championships. Today, Colton Moody is the CEO of Choice, LLC, a value-based program for troubled youth.

Wrestling provides numerous benefits for athletes whose primary sport is football. The two sports complement each other well. Football coaches often advise their players to wrestle in the off-season in order to build and maintain physical strength as well as mental fortitude.

Wrestling is one of the most physically demanding sports, as it involves full-body strength, coordination, and agility. Wrestling requires intense conditioning, including running and weight lifting. It also develops bodily and spatial awareness.

The mental benefits of wrestling may be even more important than the physical benefits. Wrestlers are required to maintain a certain weight in order to wrestle, which requires discipline and commitment. When they step onto the mat, wrestlers cannot rely on anyone but themselves in order to defeat their opponent. Thus, they cultivate self-reliance and personal responsibility. The mental toughness and competitive drive acquired by wrestlers are valuable assets in football players, as well.