Don’t Take Life Too Seriously
It’s very easy to get caught up in the fast paced business world. We are in an age where it is seen as the norm to work 16 hours a day, all weekend and survive on 4 hours sleep. Some people even boast as if it is some kind of achievement. Somehow, the startup culture and the media have portrayed that in order to be successful you need to work yourself into the ground to get where you need to be.
The reality is, this just doesn't work. Sure you will get a lot more work done, a lot more tasks ticked off, but you will end up completely burnt out. On top of this, it has been proven time and time again that happiness does not come from money. It comes from the personal relationships you build and the time we spend working on them. If this is the case then why are so many dedicated to working crazy hours all the time for their startup?
There is already enough evidence out there to show that going home at five and getting enough sleep actually allows you to be more focused and get more accomplished. The around the clock workers probably get around the same amount achieved and are at serious risk of damaging their personal life in the process.
Don’t get me wrong, I will be the first in line to say that you should definitely care about your career, business or whatever you are helping to build. Definitely push yourself as far as you can, to achieve your goals. At the end of the day you are crucial to its growth and spend a lot of time working. Just remember to value what keeps you happy and very much keep that in tact. Our time is limited on this planet and we spend a third of it sleeping. Make sure the active hours are spent leading a fulfilling life.