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Are entrepreneurs missing the point?

Are entrepreneurs missing the point?

We think we have it all - a good business, people who follow us and even some who say they are inspired by us, yet have we really got it all sorted?

Entrepreneurs are unique. They have drive that comes from an inner place that very few people understand. Instead of laying in front of the television every night, entrepreneurs usually pick up their ipads or a good book and learn about how other entrepreneur became successful. Coffee on the go is essential and sitting still for too long usually means that there is something going wrong - or at least entrepreneurs think this is the case.

A conversation last week with a friend who is an absolute genius, had me thinking. Are entrepreneurs missing the point? He isn't necessarily an entrepreneur as he runs a Hedge Fund. More a money man. He knows how to make loads of money, more than you and I could ever imagine, and probably has a few experiences at losing it. They take risks that even the most passionate entrepreneur may think twice about.

Anyway, he has not taken a holiday more than 10 days long in 10 years and never not checked the market on a daily basis. Imagine this... never turning off. Ever.

While over the years I have learned to turn off the minute I leave the office unless there is some crisis happening, I have succumbed more recently to being a person who is completely and utterly obsessesed by work. This always happens when I have a big goal to achieve but am I really more productive by working 7 days a week, 14 hours per day?

Little social life and less 'me time' has created a monster. I wake up at 4 am in the morning and get ready to go to the office. My dog is not getting enough attention and she certainly has put on a few kilos since I have been neglecting her needs as much as I have been neglecting my own.

We work so hard as entrepreneurs and if we are smart enough we learn to create a balance. Balance usually comes from happiness, but if you are anything like me, you are never really happy because once you achieve one goal, there is always another to be achieved.

Last night I watched The Voice. It is my treat to myself of late, because the show is so darn good. It also takes me to a place where I look at these talented singers and how much confidence they get from being on live television and singing in front of their idols. I also learn from the judges and how they interact with each other and the contestants. Seal and Joel Madden are exceptional sales people. They could both sell ice to an eskimo. They deliver their 'sales spiel' differently, but have the same outcome. No-one would have the strength to say no to either of them. Delta Goodrem is an amazing talent, but is no sales person. She is learning to communicate through talking rather than singing and finding it a struggle. I am sure she will mature and learn from the techniques that others use on the show to excelerate her pitch to get people to join her team.

Keith Urban is the 'consultative salesman' who is backed by a genuine approach to his subjects and is able to use his caring and sensitive side as well as star power to lure people on his team.

Taking time out is important. Whether it is watching The Voice on television or going on a mini-break. Take a few days here and there to recharge your batteries and identify what is important in life and how you can better look after your health and wellbeing to catapult your business to new heights.

3 Tips:

1. Have a health check. Check out - the most comprehensive health check in Australia. If you don't live in Melbourne, fly down to do it. It will be the best money you ever spent. Early detection is key and it might be something small that is hindering your overall performance like anemia (my issue!!!) or high blood pressure. Whatever it is, they will not only identify it for you but they will help you get back on track.
2.  Get 8 hours sleep. If it takes a few tablets to get you on track and into a routine of getting 8 hours sleep, then so be it. Not only will you feel better, your mind will be powered to think clearly and make good decisions without really trying.
3.  Exercise. Get a personal trainer or take up Yoga.

And after you have conquered that - take a holiday. I am off to Qualia for the weekend and I can't wait. No computer - just me, my bathers, some suncream and a good book.

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  • Raihan
    27 Apr 2012

    It is true, everyone needs a break whether they realise it or not. I have been on-the-go for months now even though I get a break here and there in between but I never thought making an impulsive decision to head to Gold Coast for 4 days was the best one I've made in a long time. Sometimes people get too attached to their work they forget the body needs a peace of mind itself. It's nice to just get away and recharge fully as the mind and body do need it.

  • kirsty
    26 Apr 2012

    It is all about balance, I find having too much time to do tasks may lead me to put things off until the last minute. It is all about time management which is a term that is thrown around in the professional world in order to be most productive. It is actually amazing to discover the power of the prioritised 'to do list'. Once daily ad hoc tasks start to build up they start turning into ever heightening hurdles that prevent the business critical tasks from getting done. Once you learn how to realistically priorities it becomes surprising how easy it can be to burn through your 'to do list' and still have spare time.

  • Yana
    23 Apr 2012

    I always wonder if the successful entrepreneurs actually read books about other successful entrepreneurs.... Aren't really successful people are usually quite unique? And in today's saturated world 'being really different' is a key. Wouldn't reading to much about how others have done it have a potential of dampening your own creative and encourage mimicking?
    Food for thought....

  • Sophie
    23 Apr 2012

    To be successful, you have to have your heart in your business, and your business in your heart. – Thomas Watson, Sr.

    You are passionate by your business, this is always a pleasure to read your posts. But sometimes, it is essential to have a good balance between your business and your private life. I hope that you will enjoy your short holidays !

  • Sandra
    23 Apr 2012

    It's important to maintain a balance between work and life outside work no matter what your occupation. Taking time out and doing things that you enjoy will help clear the mind and ensure you will be more productive at work. When working towards big goals, it's okay to put in those extra hours for the reward at the end.