HOW WE SPEND OUR DAYS

Original article written by Leon Fear for Business Leader as featured on their website on 10th December 2018. To view the original, please click here.

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Like most people, sometimes entrepreneurs feel like they’ve had enough and want to give up. It can become wearing as they go about their daily business of dealing with customers, suppliers, marketing, staffing issues, keeping the books, keeping on top of social media and perhaps most time consuming of all, keeping on top of red tape!

In the early stages of a new business this is perhaps especially true. With no guaranteed wages, or safety net of any kind there are thousands of people starting businesses on a shoe string, often depending on a credit card or other borrowing to get their supplies in an attempt to fulfil their market and create a sustainable business.

Those who succeed and go on to create jobs and prosperity for others deserve the success they have and some of the material benefit that it can bring.

Most people are happy with a footballer driving a Bentley as an example, so why not a successful business person who often has their house on the line and takes significant risk!

In my view the single most important attribute of any entrepreneur is having the ability to carry on regardless and never give up! Slowing down sometimes, taking a few hours or days off is one thing – but giving up entirely is quite another.

Sometimes you have to draw a line under the day or week’s activities and start again when you’re feeling fresher. We’ve all carried on when we really don’t feel like it and whilst this is ok to a point, in my experience sometimes you’re better to slow down and take a break.

Easier said than done when the phone is ringing and emails are coming in, but in the interests of your long term mental health I think it’s vital.

In an age of automation, robotics and people expecting instant responses 24/7, its worth remembering that we are all human beings, not machines.

We may be hard wired for certain things but ultimately we all do the things we do to be happy, so finding happiness as frequently as possible in your day to day life is essential.

We all spend so much of our time working that it’s crucial in my view to enjoy it as much as possible. This makes for a better quality of life and a far more productive business too. As writer Annie Dillard reputedly said: “How we spend our days, is of course, how we spend our lives.”

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