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Dear Entrepreneurs, You’d Soon Fail If You Work For 17 Hours a Day

Tips on how to balance between work and thought and what can fast cause professional downfall.

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Okay, I know the headline may sound a bit too harsh, but hear me out — there had to be a way in which to get your attention! In fact, what I’ve written is exceptionally true so there’s no lying — I’d like to have the chance to explain why overworking can actually drive you away from your initial business goals.

We all know how it goes — a fellow aspiring entrepreneur has finally managed to come up with a great business idea and might even be ready with an exceptional business plan to help them kick off their future professional endeavor. As enticing as it may sound, there’s actually quite a probable downfall quietly waiting in the dark to attack — there’s a huge chance the entrepreneur might quickly fall into the hands of overworking and burning out.

In today’s article, I’d like to discuss the topic of why it’s actually a bad idea for you to work an excessive amount of hours — I know, it sounds quite counterintuitive, but hear me out!

The majority of entrepreneurs tend to overwork themselves during the first years of their professional development

Becoming an entrepreneur is actually a long process and it starts way before the actual establishment of a company.

I have mentioned numerous times the importance of establishing an entrepreneurial mindset. In a nutshell, that’s a forward-type way of thinking when the person is self-driven, aware of their own strengths and skills, willing to take risks, not afraid to show proactivity, etc.

It usually takes quite some time for anyone to fully develop their mind and thought-process into goals-oriented and success-driven. Once this happens, the person is usually eager to kickstart the project of their dreams. This excitement often has the capacity to make anyone go to great lengths just to fulfill what they originally dreamed of.

Essentially, this process can easily lead to overworking which can easily lead to burnout. We constantly hear stories about young entrepreneurs and business people who had fallen victims to tiredness, anxiety, and too much stress.

Perhaps it all has to do with their initial understanding of being entrepreneurs and owning a business — a constant state of working. In theory, this attitude sounds quite promising as it seems anyone would be able to gain fast results and further develop their enterprise. But is this so in reality as well?

The extra-long work days can actually do more harm to your business than good

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If you spend 15+ hours a day working at the office, it’s quite likely you’d soon be on the verge of your powers. Being in a constant state of overworking yourself will soon damage your energy levels, not to mention that it’s quite likely that you’d lose focus, concentration, and willpower to get going.

This can ultimately lead to burnout and we all know that once burnout gets a hold on you, you’ll likely be away from your job for a decent amount of time. You know they say that if you don’t choose a rest day, your body will choose it for you.

Another important aspect that speaks against the constant state of overworking has to do with where you put your entire energy in. If you spend 15+ hours every day at the office, you’ll end up not having enough time to actually think about your future business’s development.

Some of the best entrepreneurs out there equally distribute their work time between doing actual work and thinking about future business development plans. Because, when you think about it, you’ve managed to establish a company because in the past you’ve spent a decent amount of time educating yourself on the matter, as well as actively thinking of ways how to turn your ideas into reality. It’s no different from when the company is a fact — every business needs constant growth in order to meet customers’ ever-growing standards and requirements. Spending enough time planning ahead and trying out new approaches will actually bring more positive outcomes to your business.

So, instead of constantly staying at the office till late hours, you can try out some of the following:

  • two or three times a week try to leave the office on time so that you can catch up with some much-needed rest
  • focus on visioning how you’d wish your business to develop
  • create a plan of what can be done in order for this vision to become a reality
  • always aim at improvement — be it hiring experts, investing in inventory, or surrounding yourself with like-minded individuals successful at what they do
  • don’t forget to take care of your mental health since entrepreneurship can be quite stressful in the long term
  • expand your networking during your outside-of-office hours — you’ll never know who will suddenly present you with new ideas and business approaches

To wrap things up

There is a fine line between hard work and overworking — I think it’s important for every entrepreneur not to cross the line between the two since the latter usually doesn’t promise anything rather than anxiety and overwhelm. Instead of overworking themselves, every entrepreneur can use this extra time to create a vision for the company’s development — this way success would certainly follow.

Hi, guys, I’m Ivan, and I’m here to share with all of you my passion for words, great content, entrepreneurship, personal development, management, hobbies, and everything in between.

I serve as the CEO of my WordPress Development Agency @ Vipe Studio, where I have the pleasure to lead a diverse, wonderful and energetic team of experts. Feel free to contact me anytime — I would love to exchange new ideas and inspire each other!

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Ivan Popov

Ivan Popov

i was once an athlete. then a journalist. now i am a ceo of vipe studio. still running marathons though.