Entrepreneurs Who Run Net More Sales
Dig Out Your Running
Shoes To Improve the Bottom Line
up the running shoes is a powerful asset for small business owners, says a new
study from Ball State University.
survey of 336 entrepreneurs found those who regularly run reported better personal
satisfaction, independence and autonomy than their non-running or weight-training
study also found that companies managed by runners report better sales results
than firms directed by non-runners.
excellent physical condition requires developing a mindset that accepts and embraces
hard work, said Mike Goldsby, a Ball State entrepreneurship professor who
regularly competes in marathons and triathlons. If small business owners
were willing and able to grant their physical health the same respect as they
do their financial and professional well-being, most would be in incredible physical
|We chose running and weight training to examine because those athletes tend to exercise
almost daily, Goldsby said.
good physical condition should contribute to entrepreneur's success in reaching
their personal and financial goals as well, he said. Maintaining a
fitness regimen is helpful for attaining goals and sustaining entrepreneurship.
the study with fellow Ball State entrepreneurship professor Donald F. Kuratko.
Their research examines the relationship between the exercise regimens of 366
small business owners and the company's sales and the entrepreneur's personal
examined the influence that running and weight training have on sales volume as
well as external and internal goals. External rewards include personal wealth
and family security while internal rewards include recognition, challenge,
excitement, growth, accomplishment, and independence and autonomy.
results indicate that running is positively related to all three outcome variables
while weight training is positively related to external and internal rewards but
chose running and weight training to examine because those athletes tend to exercise
almost daily, Goldsby said. They tend to make it an integral part
of their lifestyle.
dedicated to exercise programs are very goal-oriented, he said. The
study found that running and weight training help entrepreneurs to be more effective
in their jobs. However, entrepreneurs who only weight train should add running
to their workouts to increase their effectiveness.
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