We recently came across the above mentioned quote and personally we can’t agree more.
We have been there and we have seen many other entrepreneurs do the same. When you have such a strong undying passion about your business that you become terribly fixated with your work and you just decide to adopt this tunnel visioned approach, working on nothing but your business.
This is not only bad for the body over the long run, but can significantly reduce your productivity over time. Take breaks, recharge, spend time with your family/loved ones and work harder after!
But on the other end of the spectrum, we have another group of entrepreneurs we are more worried about, entrepreneurs who do not dare to take breaks. Entrepreneurs who feel socially pressured to be working 24/7 and daren’t take a break for fear that people might say they are not working hard enough, kinda like the office lady who finished her work early but didn’t want to leave in case others might think she’s slacking. To those people we say fret not, you are not alone.
Being an entrepreneur means a lot of things, and among them, being able to manage yourself is one. Unlike a 9-5 job, you don’t have a fixed timing to start work nor does your work start at 9 or end at 5. So when the people around you leaves for work at 8 and see you still asleep, they think you are lazy, bound to fail and would never be rich. But what do they know about the 3am call your client gave you to ask you about some stuff? What about the Sundays you spent working while everybody is out having fun? These people don’t see that.
Humans see what they choose to see. It doesn’t matter if you are actually indeed working when they are around. If someone believes you are destined to fail, they would think so too even if they see you working your butts off everyday. So don’t fall prey to such social dogma. Just because you are running a business, it doesn’t mean you have to be working 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
With that said however, Entrepreneurs work 24/7 because regardless if it’s a Sunday or 3am in the morning and that’s when a client is free to meet you, you would have to do it. Entrepreneurs work 24/7 in the sense that we have no off days or designated “weekends” and every day is a working day.
So do not be confused when someone tells you an entrepreneur has to work 24/7. It doesn’t mean you have to be physically working the full 24 hours, 7 days a week. Plan your own off days, schedule your time when you have no clients/customers and take a day or half a day off. It could be a Monday, a Wednesday, a Thursday, it doesn’t matter. Dare to take breaks and don’t fall prey to living up to the expectations of others. As an Entrepreneur, you decide your own schedule.
And if we were to do some shameless marketing, this is also why we love Digital Marketing, website design and SEO services/Social Media marketing , because Google, Facebook etc literally work 24 hours a day, 7 days a week even when we are asleep or away. If a potential customer is searching for Interior Design at 2am in the morning on a Sunday, Google will still return your website that would still be there and ready to “serve” him.
Although this overworking syndrome is especially apparent in entrepreneurs who are just starting their business, share this article with an Entrepreneur you believe needs to take a break.
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