I bet you’re wondering what I am doing up so early. Truth is, I never went to bed. Why waste precious time dreaming when waking life is so much better? Right? or Wrong? #EntrepreneurSyndrome
We entrepreneurs aren’t better than others, but we are just different. That difference lies in key habits, habits which aren’t ordinarily found in others. Here are three of those entrepreneurial habits.
1.) Get enough sleep.
There’s this idea about entrepreneurs that they need virtually no sleep. My experience doesn’t confirm this. More importantly it really doesn’t hold up under scrutiny, either. Sleep is the secret weapon of successful people. It sounds very inspirational, right? “Never go to bed! Be successful!” The brutal truth is, you can’t be successful unless you get enough sleep. "I try (notice I said try) to be in bed by 10.30pm" We all need enough sleep, and for the high-octane, high-powered effortless entrepreneurs, sleep is critical.
2.) Exercise enough.
The state of American health is legendary for how bad it is. 80% of Americans don’t get enough exercise, 68% are overweight or obese, and about half of all adults suffer from a chronic health condition. Exercise can change your life! It controls weight, prevents disease, improves mood, boosts energy, helps you sleep better, and causes you to live longer. Jack Dorsey, cofounder of Twitter, insists that entrepreneurs should exercise every day.The biggest reason people don’t of course, is lack of time. But, as evidenced from the amount of major benefits of exercise, exercise actually gives you back your time. Time in increased productivity, higher-quality sleep, and a sharpened mind.
3.) Take breaks.
Do you take breaks? If so, then you’re pretty dope!
The average entrepreneur works 10 hours a day, 7 days a week. You could say she’s a workaholic. But the smart entrepreneur also takes breaks. Clate Mask nailed it in his Entrepreneur article. “Why do entrepreneurs need to take a break?” The answer: “If you are always head down in the day-to-day responsibilities, you will not have time to set the vision for the future, to plan, to strategize and to think about growth. To thrive, entrepreneurs need to take a step back from working in their business to think about and focus on their business.”
If you don’t take a break, your work will break you! It’s just the fact of life in a business-building world. We sleep, exercise, take breaks, and reward ourselves. It’s the only way to survive and still be successful.
But I have a question for you, What entrepreneurial habits have you cultivated?