Your business is up and running or you’ve been at it for a while now. But you have heaps on your mind, as is usual for an entrepreneur but apart from your world of customers, sales, budgets & reports, you need to take the time to live a happy and fulfilling life.
While building our own business and working with other entrepreneurs, we’ve learnt a few things along the way, which we thought we’d share with you.
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- Be an active participant in multiple communities: Encouraging your team members or participating in communities yourself is great way to share, talk and learn multiple things. Not to mention it’s a great way to boost self-esteem and promote personal development.
- Have High levels of personal expression: Have a voice and share your voice. Active discussions, expression of interest and involvement goes a long way. While expressing yourself, don’t forget to listen. 70% of most relationships- business or otherwise fails because one party doesn’t listen enough. So if you expect good lasting relationships you’ve got to listen and not just hear.
- Accept that there are no guarantees in business: While you do your best to ensure that all bases are covered, there are times when things go wrong. Mistakes happen that are your fault, sometimes it’s the suppliers, or the delivery guy or the customers won’t pay you. The truth is that there really are no guarantees and you just have to accept it and move on. It’s better to deal with what you actually can change rather than what it beyond your control.
- Don’t be afraid of failure: You can never get anywhere if you’re too scared to start or if you’re scared that you will fail. If you spend time being scared of failing you’d end up being miserable. Failure is the stepping-stone to success and if you are a start up, it’s practically a rite of passage for you.
- Silence the inner critic and remember that perfection is over rated: If you’re an entrepreneur, being a perfectionist comes naturally, but it really isn’t a smart thing o do. We’re always going to be faced with adversity; competitor’s success stories and you will end up comparing yourself to the others. So if you’re waiting for perfection, you’ll never get there. It isn’t about being perfect but actually about continuous improvement.
- Love what you do or else it’s all work and no fun: If you love what you do, you will always look for ways to do it better and you will be happy while you’re doing it. Any time that you spend on nurturing it and making it grow won’t seem all that daunting or seem like a mundane task.
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7.Believe it or not; success is not the only goal: Define what success means to you, because most often it’s just about happiness. It’s mostly a personal choice but more often than not you’ll hear people say things like I’ll be happy when I buy a Porsche or a Ferrari, or I’ll be happy when I buy a house. You’ll be happy when you decide to be happy. And when you’re happy, you’re already successful! Well that’s how we see it anyway.
8.Take a break: As entrepreneurs, you will always have stress of your job to weigh you down, so take a few days off and relax. When you return you will have a new perspective on things.
9. Keep at it: Money grows on the tree of persistence. There will be many times that we fall down but the important lesson to learn is that we pick ourselves up every single time. We grow, evolve& become better at what we do.
10. Remember why you started the Business: When the going gets tough, it’s important to tap into that original passion that made you want to start the business in the first place. When the stress or the negativity begins to pull you under, just step back and get back that inspiration.
We love the lessons by Richard Branson and Tim Ferris’s 4-hour workweek; we’ve known a lot of people who implement them in their everyday life.
We hope these 10 tips will help you as you DE-clutter your workweek and make it more stress-free.
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