I believe in working hard. I have been working since I was 15 years old. I have always given whatever I choose to do 200 %. Found ways to make it better or do it faster. I have always given my all to everyone expect myself. When you are on your own it is easier to live that kind of life. But is it the way we should live life?
I have heard and read we need to follow those before us that wake up at 5am before everyone else to get work done and the last to stop, finish or leave. Yes, this may or may not bring success, but it will definitely take a toll on your life, your emotional, physical, mental and spiritual being. I hear that we need to make sacrifices, which I agree with to a certain point. But should those sacrifices cause you your health, your spouse, your family? Okay so we may miss a few events, or not be home very night this too is a sacrifice. I have watched so many entrepreneurs who have sacrificed everything for the sake of their business and have produced many amazing products/services, so thank you.
But as what cost?
At the end of the day we are all human beings and need to be connect to others. I have colleagues who have made lots of money and can do what they want when they want but have lost their family and those that are with them now would probably disappear if the money did.
I also believe in balance. Stay with me here. I know many entrepreneurs do not believe in balance, it is not possible it does not exist. What if it did and it was unique for each person? What if balance was a revolving door that just keeps moving, sometimes slowly and sometimes quickly? What if balance was something we created daily? Some days we work more and are with family less, other days we are with family and work less.
If you were happy and living the life you really wanted your business would grow and be successful.
Let’s exam this a little bit further. If getting up at 4am or 5am works for you to get your day started great than do it. But what if it does not work for you, does that mean you will not succeed because that is what we are being told we need to do. Sleeping in those two extra hours in the morning may make you a 100% more productive. Maybe you staying up later to write works better for you.
I have met people that they can work for 3 hours straight and get more work done than the average person can do in 8hours. So who is right and who is wrong.
What if there was no right or wrong way on how you get your work done? You need to design your day in a way that works for you and your business, that allows you to complete your work and move your business forward.
There are 5 things that I would say are a must to be successful in business:
Being a business owner is not easy but is does not need to be as hard as we make it out to be. One of my biggest lessons in life has been asking for help, finding the right people, the right team and communicating with my family.
International Executive Coach
Carolyn Dickinson Success Coaching
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