Say What?

Say What?

What is S.A.I.D Is True…

What was that you said? Words mean things and the word SAID means something 🙂 Actually as an acronym S.A.I.D. takes on a different light.


What is it that drives the inventor and entrepreneur to push against the worst of all odds and possibilities? What is it some people do, whether they know it or not, that has them sitting in a bigger chair than others?  Well, I’ll tell you 🙂


And as you’ll see the whole subject started as a physical fitness principle, but fits nicely as a mental principle as well.


 Here You Go!

Patti Celori, executive director of the New England Cognitive Center said,  “Most people’s idea of fitness stops at the neck, but the brain is the CPU of our body, and most people don’t do much to keep it as fit as possible.”


The following principle was developed for the physical fitness arena but I find that if we apply its teachings to our entrepreneurial pursuits good things can happen.  Because just like hitting a plateau in body fitness training, we also hit plateaus with our mental training, requiring a bump or a nudge to get us training harder and perhaps in a more specific manner, to get to the next level.


The idea is that when you put your body or mind under stress your body and mind attempts to overcome the stress by adapting specifically to the imposed demands.


(Italics are my conclusions from an entrepreneurial point of view)


Here’s a video that pretty much sums up the S.A.I.D Principle. He explains that you will get batter at what you practice.



Specific Adaptation

The S.A.I.D. principle (Specific Adaptation to Imposed Demands), explains that a certain exercise or type of training produces adaptations specific to the activity performed and only in the muscles (and energy systems) that are stressed by the activity. For example, running produces favorable adaptations in the leg muscles and the cardio-vascular system.  However, the muscles and systems not stressed show no adaptation; so even heroic amounts of running will produce no favorable changes in, say, the arms.


It would follow then that activities such as casual reading on certain subjects would provide a knowledge base (however lack-luster) on various subjects and “exercise” the brain in that area of interest. 


Even heroic amounts of casual reading, alone, will not spread to the ability to think like an entrepreneur.  It is the Specific nature of significant entrepreneurial study (Imposing Demands) that is necessary to develop the entrepreneurial mindset.


Bottom Line…

Bottom line: the SAID Principle demands that effective training for climbing must target your body in ways very similar to climbing (e.g. in body position, muscles used, energy systems trained, etc).

Bottom line: the SAID Principle demands that effective training for entrepreneurs must target your mind in ways very similar to the way entrepreneurs think.   This will result in having acquired the tools and trouble-shooting guide of an entrepreneur.

In The End…

In the end, you must make a philosophical choice whether you want to specialize–and, therefore, excel–in one of the climbing “sub-sports,” or become a moderately successful all-around climber.  Certainly, there is equal merit and reward in both approaches.

In the end, you must make a philosophical choice whether you want to specialize and, therefore, excel – at any one of many entrepreneurial pursuits, serve in a support role as an employee or become moderately successful at “something” of general interest.


Certainly, there is equal merit and reward in these various approaches.


(Reference: The Human Machine –


Summary 🙂

Again, this principle also discusses the fact that in order for a change to occur an external stressor is required.  Presumably we want change for the better, so it does matter what external forces we allow to impact us, change for the sake of change can be dangerous so let’s start by calibrating our thoughts to pro-survival, optimum conditions in life and business.



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