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A black belt is a white belt that never quit.

This inspiring quote truly resonates with my personal experience. It took me a challenging thirteen years to earn my black belt in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, one of the most demanding endeavors I have ever undertaken. The sport tests one's limits both physically and mentally.

This journey, however, instilled in me a deep appreciation for the value of consistency and determination. The key is to keep showing up and never quit, which eventually leads to achieving the level of black belt.

I find many similarities between the path in jiu jitsu and the journey of building a thriving startup, particularly when it comes to establishing a team meeting cadence on an annual, quarterly, and weekly basis. There are three main reasons to create and maintain this habit:

  1. Alignment: A regular meeting cadence provides the opportunity to ensure everyone is on the same page regarding the team's direction and goals.
  2. Focus: These meetings help define and clarify the team's priorities, enabling them to concentrate their efforts on the most important tasks.
  3. Accountability: Regular check-ins hold team members accountable for their progress, fostering a culture of responsibility and commitment.

Having a cadence in place also offers the chance to review past performance, discuss current challenges, and plan for the future. This rhythm enables the team to remain cohesive, tackle problems effectively, and stay on track toward their goals.

The voyage from white belt to black belt, much like the pursuit of success in business, requires steadfast determination, an indomitable spirit, and a commitment to maintaining a strong team meeting cadence.

Keep Climbing my friends. 🚀

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