What Is The True Meaning Of Success?


This week I started reading a book by Arianna Huffington, who founded the Huffington Post. If you don’t know, this is an online news and opinion site that is now massively popular on a global scale.

The book is called “Thrive: The Third Metric to Redefining Success and Creating a Life of Well-Being, Wisdom, and Wonder” and it basically says that measuring success solely in terms of power and money no longer works and that we need a new metric that takes work-life balance into account.

I’ve only read a few chapters, but already it’s got me thinking…

How many people start businesses to have more flexibility, more family time and, ultimately, control of their own destiny? I know I did.

But how many people are actually achieving it? Probably not many.

As many of us know, starting a business takes a lot of time and effort, often leading to less sleep and less time with family, which is the exact opposite of what we set out to achieve.

As you strive for success you may find you are spending hours upon hours developing and growing the business alone. Your focus is pulled in multitude of directions, with simple administrative tasks taking your attention away from important projects.

How you spend your valuable time could actually end up hindering your company from becoming successful and lead to burnout which will affect your ability to make good decisions, not to mention your health!

To be a truly successful business owner, good work-life balance is essential. After all, if you are continuously exhausted after you are finished working, how will you enjoy the results of your efforts?

Here are a few tips on how to prevent burnout, increase success and achieve a good work-life balance.

  • Draw a line between work and home

Make sure that you have an office that you either need to travel to or is separate from your living space.

  • Always stop for meals

No matter how busy you are, it is incredibly important to stop for meals. This will increase concentration and your level of work will be far superior than it would be without proper nutrition.

  • Take one day off a week

Take one full day off. Spend time with family, catching up with friends or simply resting and recuperating. This will recharge your batteries and allow you to work better during the remainder of the week.

  • Sleep!

One of the most important things attributed to a successful business is getting enough sleep. Sleep deprivation is one of the most common problems among business owners and can be very dangerous to business and health.

  • Hire a virtual assistant

If the stress of running a business single-handedly is just getting too much for you, hire a virtual assistant to take care of some of the everyday administrative tasks that just take you too much time.

As business owners it is sometimes easy to forget that we are more than just our jobs, and who we are at work isn’t all we are.

Hiring a virtual assistant would not only allow you to concentrate on growing your business but also give you back that time to be just you, with your family. Time to recharge and also get that all-important sleep you need to prevent burnout!

Have you ever experienced burnout? Do you have any tips on how to avoid it? Leave a comment!

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