September 13, 2017
So here is a conundrum...
The entrepreneur’s world is full of motivational speakers and gurus telling us to hustle, get up early, go to bed late, take EVERY opportunity, and never say die.
This is all fine: motivation is an important factor. Yes, we can always find a little more time in the day for one or two more tasks, but soon enough our mortal status takes over, and we come crashing back to earth.
We get burnt out, and often we can even end up back where we started, at the bottom of the hill we had just given our all to climb.
Repeat that cycle a few times, and motivation and grit are no longer enough any more. We need to be smarter.
So what’s the answer?
I believe such a cycle is about boundaries, but carefully chosen and defined ones, built on our values.
The answer is for us to be saying yes to every opportunity that falls inside the boundaries of our values.
It might feel wrong or even risky to say no to something, especially if that something does not land inside the circle of all that you care about. Yet the fact is it is likely to be more of a drain on your resources than a boost to your business career.
While that will not always be the case, our values are a pretty good guide to go by.
Certainly sometimes we will get it wrong, but the fact is...