The Entrepreneur’s Weekend
Not every entrepreneur started out as one. As awesome as it sounds to just “start a business,” the truth is that we live in a real world of practical realities. We have to put up with certain inconveniences like paying rent, feeding ourselves, wearing pants, and otherwise being functioning adults. Usually, that means having a full-time job. And having a full-time job means having to build our independent business on the side.
The good news is this: Even with full-time jobs, most of us have more time than we think.
The weekend is the key to transitioning from side-hustler to full-time independent entrepreneur. Using the weekend isn’t a bonus or a matter of “going the extra mile.” It’s a requirement for anyone who’s serious about breaking the shackles of conventional employment and forging their own path. No exaggeration, here, friends: what you do with your weekend will determine whether or not your business makes it.
7 Ways Successful Entrepreneurs Refuel Over the Weekend
As entrepreneurs, we don’t treat weekends like other people do. When the concept of a weekend began, it was because the workweek (Monday through Friday) was supposed to be for labor, and the weekend (Saturday and Sunday) was dedicated to rest.
However, when you’re an entrepreneur, you’re always on. The weekend just means two more work days, and many aren’t dedicating any time to rest. But when we start burning the candle at both ends—eliminating all chances for rest and recuperation—we start working against ourselves and snuffing out our creative energy.
“Work life balance is about creating a life that flows with you rather than a life you have to power through.”~Jaime Marie Wilson from JaimeBoots.com
Weekend Work: How These Entrepreneurs Balance Business and Family
Former Dragon and venture capitalist Bruce Croxon, now 30 years into business building, isn’t shy about how difficult balancing family, hobbies, and work can still be. “It’s one of the hardest challenges we’re facing,” Croxon said in a recent conversation with YouInc. He eschews the traditional belief of balance being 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and no weekend work, “when I think about balance for an entrepreneur, I think: give yourself to something for a period of time, make it successful, sell it, and then take time to do something else.”
We wanted to know what weekend work looked like for entrepreneurs within startup and growth mode, and whether it’s possible to have balance. Three women at the helm of their businesses share their definition of balance, what their weekends look like, and how they manage conflicting priorities…
7 Unique Ways Entrepreneurs Can Decompress Over the Weekend
We live in stressful times and all any of us can do is just relax over the weekend. If you’re tired of spending your weekends watching TV, baking, and reading, perhaps it’s time to change it up a bit. We’ve rounded up some courses and products that can make this weekend a little different, and a little more enjoyable.
Create some music this weekend with help from this bundle. You’ll learn some of today’s most popular music production tools: Ableton Live 10 and Logic Pro X. Why just listen when you can produce your own music?
Drawing can be very therapeutic, even if you don’t know what you’re doing. In this bundle, you’ll learn how to draw from professional artists. Before you know it, you’ll be able to spend the weekend drawing the sights you see from your window.
Learn more at Entrepreneur.com
How to Get Out of a Negative Mindset
When stress builds up over time, it can easily become so large that you can’t really see beyond it. You feel blocked from the enjoyment that comes with experiences that normally lighten your mood. Even when you can name those positives, you don’t feel them. Weighed down by stress, restlessness, lethargy, and negativity, it can feel impossible to find your way back to feeling good. But there are ways to feel better.
When you feel stuck in a negative mindset, you may need to force yourself to do things that can help you pull out of it. Despite how it feels — and despite how the news and our lives are filled with the restrictions and difficulties brought by COVID-19 and politics — life is not all bad. At the risk of being labeled Pollyanna, you can benefit greatly from looking for the bright spots and opportunities to make life better.
43 Ways to Improve Yourself in Just 10 Minutes
We use the word busy way too much. We say it when friends ask us how we are doing, as if being busy is an emotion. We use it as an excuse to procrastinate on unpleasant tasks. We use it to sound important at work, because being busy somehow equates to being successful.
But you’re never too busy for 10 minutes, which is all it takes to improve yourself just a little each day. You can de-stress using meditation, yoga or reading. Track your unhealthy spending habits. Learn a new language. The possibilities are endless. Stop prioritizing the busy parts of your life and make time for the important things, such as the constant development of your mental, physical and emotional well-being.
5 Things Healthy People Do Every Day
Healthy lifestyles come in different shapes and sizes. But whether you’re a regular on the Spartan racecourse or a rookie in the gym, there are certain actions you can take each day to lead a healthier, happier life.
Healthy people don’t wimp out on their workouts. Come hail or heat, they take their commitment to their health and fitness seriously.
“No matter the time of year, and whether it’s raining or snowing, you still find a way to work out,” says Brooklyn-based personal trainer and SGX coach Morit Summers. “If you’re a runner, you gear up if it’s cold out or you find a gym. You don’t make excuses. You find a way around the barriers to make it happen.”
The benefits of a good night’s sleep are no secret. But many of us still sidestep a regular eight-hour slumber, and often for nothing more than surfing late-night TV or scrolling through our Facebook feed.
Healthy folks don’t, though. They know that lack of sleep can lead to bad moods, fuzzy brains, high blood pressure, and a compromised immune system.
And if you’re in training, research has also shown that slacking on Z’s can interfere with muscle and central nervous system recovery.
Learn more at ThriveGlobal.com
Calm Your Anxious Mind with One Word
My mind loves worst-case scenarios. And yours might too. Our brains are hard-wired to protect us, which means they are hard-wired to look out for danger and worst-case scenarios. Anxious brains are constantly scanning the environment for people, situations, and things that could be dangerous and jumping to “what if” scenarios. Because of this, anxiety can easily spiral out of control.
After years of living in my anxious brain, I searched far and wide for a solution. People would always tell me to “just relax” or “stop worrying,” but I never found it to be that easy. Finally, while earning my Ph.D. in clinical psychology, I found a way to control my spiraling brain and tense body. And it was easier than I thought. Over time, I learned to quiet my anxieties using one word.
Read more at PsychologyToday.com
How to Identify Your Entrepreneurial Skills and Redefine Them to Match Your Business?
Do you have what it takes to be a successful entrepreneur? What makes someone a successful entrepreneur, anyway? There is no one defining the characteristic of being an entrepreneur. It certainly helps to have strong expertise in a key area, but there is more to being an entrepreneur than being an expert on a particular subject matter.
No matter how you choose to define being an entrepreneur, getting there requires a lot of hard work and determination. So, let us take a delve into the makings of an entrepreneur. What makes a business person? How do you find out that you are destined to be an entrepreneur?
Though there have been many studies on the subject, researchers have not been able to find out one definitive answer. What they do know is that successful magnates have certain traits in common.
Learn more at OurBusinessLadder.com
12 Leadership Books to Add to Your Reading List
No matter your business, leadership style or level of experience, there is a book that will inspire you, make you think differently and help you stir change where it’s needed.
Members of Young Presidents’ Organization were asked for their top book recommendations and received everything from autobiographies to how-to’s, ancient scriptures to rap-lyric management.
Their responses show there is truly no single path to influential leadership.
5 Ways to Successfully Market Your Small Business on Social Media
As a small business owner, chances are, you turned to social media within the last year to engage with your customers. But with limited time and resources, it can be difficult to know where and how to invest your time strategically on social media.
To help you get ahead of the competition, I’ve listed a few ways for you to successfully market your small business on social media. By applying these lessons, you’ll be able to effectively connect with your customers, build brand awareness and brand loyalty, and most importantly, increase revenue.
Learn more at SmallBizDaily.com
3 Ways for Business Owners to Adapt Post-Crisis
Small businesses across America are revalidating the essential lesson of Charles Darwin and driving the post-crisis economic rebound in the process.
The term “small business” covers half the American workforce, in tens of millions of companies that made it through the darkest days of the pandemic. It sweeps in more than 4 million owners who chose to start a new venture in 2020 — the largest single-year increase in new business originations in at least a decade, and perhaps ever, according to data from the Peterson Institute for International Economics. Soon to follow are all the entrepreneurs who are watching a post-crisis world take shape and preparing to place that proverbial bet on themselves.
The resilience is unmissable, and the pendulum is swinging in the right direction, behind factors spanning massively available capital, pent-up consumer demand and all the survival-inspired innovations that are now permanent extensions to pre-virus business models.
The 10 Principles of Self-Made Billionaires
Billionaires have something most of us don’t.
But that’s only because we haven’t learned it yet.
I’ve spent a significant amount of time with billionaires. I’ve studied them extensively, and here’s what I’ve discovered: Billionaires are billionaires because they all follow a set of unique perspectives, or principles, that help them persevere where others find challenges.
I call these 10 principles “The Billionaires’ Success Framework.”
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