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Katie Cannon’s Top 10 Mistakes from the First 10 Years in Business

Dear Gold Medal Community,


As children’s activity and sports entrepreneurs, we know that making mistakes is not a setback but a stepping stone toward growth. Entrepreneurial spirit is all about taking risks, learning on the fly, and continuously pushing boundaries. It's a journey, and mistakes are an inherent part of it.


Top 10 Key Mistakes and Lessons from My Early Years:


  1. Choose the Right Mentor

  2. Simplicity Scales: Keep your brand clear and laser-focused.

  3. Decide on Your Business Model: Understand what works for you and stick with it.

  4. Ensure your team aligns with your mission, values, and possesses the right skills.

  5. Establish a Solid Foundation: Take time to build a foundation that can sustain your business's growth.

  6. Delegating vs. Advocating Responsibility: Delegating tasks is crucial for scaling, but don't advocate responsibility.

  7. Don't neglect foundational elements; consistency is key.

  8. Place your team members in roles that align with their skills and strengths.

  9. Monitor Cash Flow

  10. Utilize Cost-Effective Resources


These lessons are not merely mistakes; they're invaluable learning experiences that have shaped my journey and contributed to my growth and success. Embrace your journey, learn from your experiences, and keep moving forward.


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