An Entrepreneur’s New Year’s Resolutions
January 3, 2016
“Winners embrace hard work. They love the discipline of it, the trade-off they're making to win. Losers, on the other hand, see it as punishment. And that's the difference.”
Lou HoltzIf there is one thing I have learned over the past 5 months as a de-facto entrepreneur it is that my life, as I knew it, has gone through a 180 degree shift. Forget dining and hanging out with friends, forget getting your nails and eyebrows done, forget reading a book before bedtime, forget taking your dog out on walks to the park, forget any form of working out, forget meditation, forget eating well … It all turns into a large blur of grunt, stressful work which never seems to end. Don’t people often say that starting a business should be a lifestyle choice, where you come into work whenever you like, leave whenever you like, and do whatever you want? I don’t think so… not in our case. The most important thing that an entrepreneur realizes while undergoing vast amounts of stress, pressure and anxiety, is that they must take care of themselves if they are to become positive leaders: they must care for their health, their minds and their souls. So I had a lengthy discussion with Colin about how to retrieve these pieces of our lives (which I refuse to call work and life balance because I believe that work and life are one and the same) to help us become fulfilled entrepreneurs. And because our lives changed so drastically when we opened the factory, the only way to re-incorporate those pieces into our lives is to make drastic changes yet again. Colin smartly named them New Year’s Revolutions instead of New Year’s Resolutions. For the New Years, my revolutions hence follow the logic of balance through health, mind and soul. My drastic change for health will involve going back to proper eating habits (achieved by cooking vast amounts of Brazilian rice and beans on Sundays, replenishing the office’s fridge with salad and fruits, cutting out easy unhealthy snacks such as chips, and always having fresh green juices available) and a pledge to work out at least twice a week. For my mind, I pledge to meditate every morning. For my soul, I pledge to keep a daily diary in which I discourse on something I learned and something I am grateful for every night. Last but certainly not least, I pledge to write a gratitude card to someone different every month. I know I will always be a hard worker and will always give my sweat and blood to whatever I am devoted to do. I also know that I will be that much better at achieving our business and conservation goals if I can turn these resolutions into a reality. If you meet me, hold me accountable.
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