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Why Entrepreneurs Need to put themselves first

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Does your head spin with all that’s happening in entrepreneurship these days? Social media, blogs, articles, forums, workshops… Do all the opportunities to learn, grow and improve yourself leave you feeling, well, overwhelmed?

Young, keen entrepreneurs — those sponges who take it all in and seize every advantage — are becoming exhausted. As a coach, I’m noticing a trend among the new and brilliant entrepreneurs: their enthusiasm to learn and be involved is wearing them down both physically and mentally.

When I started out 30+ years ago, I too was exhausted. There were far fewer opportunities then, and saying no was out of the question. Now I know how to be discerning in business — and why. My body lets me know that a relaxing evening at home means a more productive day tomorrow.

Smart entrepreneurs understand two basic concepts:

  1. There is only one of you.
  2. There are 24 hours — no more, no less — in every day.

As tempting and brave as it is to want to know everything and take every opportunity offered to you, it all comes back to you. You are the essence of your business, the captain of your ship, the hub that holds it all together. If you get exhausted, the ship sinks.

Sure, when you are young and keen, having limitations is unthinkable, especially physical or emotional ones. Young entrepreneurs are the new superheroes. They do, do, do. They have also learned how ‘to be’ through yoga, meditation and exercise. Being so well-rounded, many are under the false impression that they can do it all. Yet, they strain themselves, often to the breaking point.

Owning a business is a tremendous and admirable challenge. Even so, if you are young and energetic, if you meditate and exercise, there is still a limit to what you can do. Don’t take yourself and your energy for granted.

PUT YOURSELF FIRST

Remember, you must always put yourself and your well-being first. We older entrepreneurs have learned this the hard way. Even though some of us discovered yoga and meditation back before it was a trend, we still got burned, both physically and mentally. Young entrepreneurs are much more aware. With a few simple adjustments in your life, you can avoid the boring mistakes we made of overdoing it. You may want to choose day at the beach or a hike versus one more seminar.

Never forget that your balance is fragile. If stretching yourself to seize a new opportunity will tilt you off balance, then it’s easy to say No!

Click here to check out the full article, including more tips, on ConcreteCakes.com.

Article written by Monica Magnetti, featured on YourTango and The Daily Worth.

Concrete Cakes serves as a platform and resource for aspiring artists and entrepreneurs. Visit ConcreteCakes.com today…but only if you believe that you can have your cake and eat it too. Photographs courtesy of Concrete Cakes.

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