The favorite part of my job here at TheCodeFactory is meeting with entrepreneurs who are truly passionate about what they do. I recently sat down and had a great chat with an experienced entrepreneur that has achieved a great deal of success. We chatted about a number of topics and one that really resonated with me was the importance of a mental “reset” when you are starting a business. One of my favorite analogies for starting a business comes from Robert Herjavec’s book “Driven” where he likens starting a business to a boxing match. This is basically numerous rounds of intense physical activity and pain followed by a short break to recharge.
It is that short break between rounds that I wanted to highlight. In that spirit of: “Good entrepreneurs learn from their mistakes but, great entrepreneurs learn from other people’s mistakes”. As an entrepreneur that has made a lot of mistakes I thought a nice gift to anyone that might care to listen is a small bit of advice. One of the most important things you can do for yourself when starting a business is to make sure you get a good mental reset on occasion. Taking the time get away from the day to day every once in a while is essential.
There is no hard and fast rule on the frequency or duration of your reset but, I would suggest that roughly quarterly for a long weekend to a week would be ideal. Christmas, summer holidays and somewhere in between seem like good benchmarks. It is also nice if you have a third place to go to … somewhere that is neither home nor work but, “away”. Turn off, tune out and relax. If you burn out then you are going to slow down a lot.
Starting a business is more like a series of intervals that you sprint than a marathon with a constant pace so a mental reset is essential to success. Wishing everyone health, happiness and prosperity for 2014.
- Ian Graham