Great Ideas for your Small Business: Work Hard and Play Harder
The most successful entrepreneurs i know work hard and play even harder. One friend, who built a $60 million company by working seven days a week for nine years, now frequently jets around the world to fabulous places for long weekends to meet her boyfriend. He’s a top executive in the software business who stays only in the best hotels, so she’s happy to meet him any- where from London to Beijing.
She called me the other day, fresh from playing golf in Stratford-on-Avon. “Imagine playing golf in Shakespeare’s backyard!” she enthused.
Another friend in the health care business thinks nothing of flying to France to do some “serious eating and drinking” for a few days. “I’ve worked hard to build up my company for eighteen years, and I deserve to play,” she said, looking sated and blissed-out hours after she landed back in Washington, D.C.
This work hard/play hard strategy fits the entrepreneurial lifestyle perfectly. In the start-up years, as most entrepreneurs know, you rarely get a day or weekend off—and a vacation is totally unthinkable. There are so many personal sacrifices involved in running a small business. So, when things finally do take off, it’s time for you to take off.
Getting away, even for a few days, is incredibly rejuvenating. New sights, a comfortable bed, a zippy convertible, or a sizzling beach to stretch out on can recharge your batteries when they are low.
Check into the spa and get a massage. Soak your troubles away. Think of your playtime as an investment in your mental health. It sure beats going to a psychiatrist.
And if you’re thinking that only the really well-off can afford to play hard, forget it. Anyone can sneak off to the golf course or bowling alley for an afternoon. Or check into a day spa for a few hours of pampering. Rent a Harley-Davidson soft tail and leathers and play bad-boy biker for a day.
So set your guilt aside and get into the habit of rewarding yourself for all you’ve accomplished.