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Prepare To Make Sacrifices - Jivemonday
The lead-up to starting a business is Hardwork, but after you open your doors, your work has just begun.

Prepare to Make Sacrifices - JiveTransact

In many cases, you have to put in more time than you would if you were working for someone else. In turn, you have to make SACRIFICES, such as spending less time with family and friends in order to be successful.

Sacrifice to succeed

Making sacrifices is not an option of entrepreneurship; it’s the foundation. If you can accept that, then you’re ready to be an entrepreneur. That isn’t to say, however, that every moment should be a grind. The following tips can help you live a more balanced life without sacrificing your business, health, or sanity:

1. Get off your ass. I get it. Life is hard, and it’s easy to say, “I don’t have enough time for that.” But if you don’t care for your body, then you can’t care for yourself and, by extension, your company.

If you think you’re too busy for fitness, just consider Strauss Zelnick. At 59, he’s a father, a husband and a media executive, and he stillfinds time to hit the weights. Between running the private equity firm Zelnick Media Capital and Take-Two Interactive — the firm behind video games like “Grand Theft Auto” and “Max Payne” — he leads #TheProgram, a four-day-per-week morning fitness club.

So drop the excuses, and put your health first. Lift weights, go jogging, take a hike or head out on the bicycle. If Zelnick can do it, you can, too.

2. Find your entrepreneurial family. Most of the world doesn’t know what you’re going through. They’re happy to come home after work, pop on Netflix and forget about work until tomorrow morning. And when you work harder than everyone around you, it’s easy to throw in the towel.

The solution, though, isn’t to quit: It’s to meet and associate with people like you. Join entrepreneurial peer groups likeEntrepreneurs’ Organization, SCORE Association or YPO. Embrace those who are traveling the same path, helping you and cheering you on. There’s nothing more uplifting and encouraging than sharing entrepreneurship’s struggles and rewards.

3. Realize school never stops. Remember when you walked across that stage, diploma in hand, convinced your education was over? In reality, your entrepreneurial education was just beginning. In business, if you’re not constantly learning, then you’ll be left behind.

Become a self-guided learner. Read at least one book per month — something that’s interesting to you and practical. For a few bucks, you could become a better leader, learn a new skill or even pick up a new language.

For auditory learners, podcasts can yield similar results. My favorites are “The Tim Feriss Show” and “How I Built This,” which always help me put my challenges in perspective. Don’t have time to listen? Pop on a podcast during your workout or commute.

Ultimately, being successful means being decisive. Don’t half-sacrifice one thing for something else, or you’ll fail to achieve either. If you’re rewarding your team with a happy hour or eating dinner with family, then put the phone away. You can’t bond with people while working. And with all the distractions, you probably won’t get much done anyway.

Success doesn’t come without sacrifice. It requires you to be purposeful, spend time strategically, delay gratification, and care for your body and mind. If you do those things, then you’ll achieve what you set out to accomplish.


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