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10 Lifestyle Changes For Becoming a Better Entrepreneur
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Sheza Gary
June 2017
Contributor
Written by
Sheza Gary
June 2017

Everyone has had a great idea or two over the course of their life that they would have loved to turn into a profitable business, product, or idea. Unfortunately, not everyone has the entrepreneur’s spirit or dedication. For those that do have it, it is very easy to become consumed with your ideas and plans. It is not uncommon for many entrepreneurs to give labeled as selfish, self-centered or greedy. These stereotypes are associated with many entrepreneurs because most people do not have or understand the dedication or drive required to be successful, or what it takes to remain successful. 
 
Is it possible to break the stereotypes associated with being an entrepreneur and still be successful or even more successful? The answer is yes, and here are a couple of simple steps to help you achieve that goal.
 
Rely On Technology Less
During business hours, you likely use a computer, tablet, and or smartphone to handle a clear majority of your business. It’s an essential key to staying on top of everything that is going on. However, it is important to unplug at the end of the day. Rather than doing additional research at home, watching television, or playing games on your phone, find other methods of entertainment. Lowering your reliance on technology actually decreases stress levels and vastly improves a person’s focus and concentration levels.
 
Know When To Call It A Day
An entrepreneur could easily work 24 hours a day if they wanted to, however, that approach would actually do more harm than good. It’s important to maintain good sleep patterns if you want to be happier and more successful. Lack of sleep not only affects your mood, but it also leads to confusion, poor decision making, and eventually leads to intense feelings of depression and burnout.
 
Learn to Delegate
As an entrepreneur, your time has to focus on expanding and growing your company. This means you need people to handle the remedial tasks, as well as tasks that you are not qualified for. Case in point, if marketing is not a strong suit of yours, it would be in your best interest to either hire a marketing company, create an in-house marketing team or contract a freelance marketer to help ease the burdens associated with running your business.
 
Ask For Help And Get Motivation From Experts
Entrepreneurs have what a lot of people would call, a superman complex. Most of them think that they have to do it all themselves or have to find solutions on their own. This is not the case. If you’re starting to feel stuck and can’t seem to find the desire to keep pushing forward, ask a motivational speaker for help. Successful entrepreneurs know about all of the benefits that come from being well motivated. Not only does it make life easier to manage when you are properly motivated, but all of the professional hurdles you have to overcome become easier as well.
 
Watch What You Eat And Exercise
Did you know that your diet can help influence how successful you are as an entrepreneur? By eating the right foods and exercising, you provide your body with the endurance and fuel it needs to operate at peak levels. It will help you look and feel your best, which in turn, benefits your mood and helps you make better personal and professional choices.
 
Read Daily
Reading is a great for everyone, including entrepreneurs. It helps you to relax, expands on your vocabulary, and increases communication skills. The biggest mistake people make when it comes reading is the fact that they stick themselves into one genre. Reading a wider range of books also gives the ability to understand and see things from other perspectives. This ability makes an entrepreneur more versatile in what they do and increases their abilities to solve problems.
 
Simplify Your World
Life as an entrepreneur is often complicated. Regardless of what is going on, you are always trying to market yourself, your business, or make some kind networking connection. If you are going to be successful, you need to learn how to strip away everything that is non-essential. For example, rather than stressing yourself out over how you can add more products or services, perhaps you should focus on ways to expand or improve upon what you already have. 
 
Take Breaks More Often
Most entrepreneurs, especially new ones, eat and breath their new business. They are only happy when they are working, and sometimes they are so stressed out, they are not even all that happy. The solution, take more breaks. Even if you think you don’t have the time for a quick break, you’re wrong. Something as simple as walking away from your situation for a couple of minutes is enough time to relax and refocus your thoughts. You can get mentally fatigued and if you don’t take breaks to let your mind relax and slow down, you won’t be as successful as those who do.
 
Be More Outgoing 
Communication is the most important skill that any entrepreneur has. Without this skill, you’re never going to be successful. Simply going up and starting conversations with strangers is a great way to build confidence, expand on your communication skills, and if you ask any successful entrepreneur, it is the person who communicates the best, that wins. You can work on these skills by talking to people at the gym when you exercise or when you take your dog for a walk in the afternoon. Not only do you get to expand on your communication skills, but you might end up landing more clients, partners, and friends. 
 
Be Helpful
If you see someone with a problem, find ways to help. This applies to the business work as well as the personal world. When you take every opportunity to help someone in need, you are not only going to feel better about who you are and what you did, but you are painting a public picture of who you are. You are showing those around you the content of your character. Employees, consumers, and businesses always prefer to work with people they know and like, and the more people you help, the more people will like you.
 

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