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Look, I get it. You started your business for all sorts of reasons that have really nothing to do with owning your own business. You wanted freedom, to provide for your family, to not have a boss, to get your message out into the world, to make a difference, etc. None of those reasons started with the words “I love business”, right? So, it only stands to reason you have little to no training or experience in business. And if that is the case, why do you think this is somehow going to come naturally to you?
We are typically in a learning phase for the first three years in growing a business. It does become easier; however, the first three years can be challenging and one needs to invest time and money learning—training, reading, and working with people to teach you what you do not yet know in order to build a booming business.
If you were ever an employee, you probably noticed that most new employees spend their first few weeks on a new job being mentored by others. The company is investing in the new employee's success by having someone show them the ropes. And so it is with your own success. You cannot expect to jump into entrepreneurship without continual education.
Learning to run a business is like learning to do any skill.
One of the best things we can do for our business is take time away from it. And that is just what I am doing until January 5. Beginning now. Here I come family, friends in ski slopes.
One of the reasons I do not need to work 24/7 is the result of working smarter rather than harder.
Self care should be practiced regularly. Self care begins with making yourself a priority. How can you expect to perform and feel your best if you do not sleep well, eat healthy, exercise, fill your spirit, etc? Begin by making time for yourself every week. At least once a week why not block off an hour to do something that you love and that gives you enjoyment. If possible, also take 15 minutes per day to yourself. What does it do? It resets your clock and recharges your batteries. Exactly what you need to keep your balance in check.
What are three things you can do "smarter"? Jot them down and then schedule time on your calendar to make it happen.
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