When we look at research conducted on the mental health and well-being (MWB) of founders and entrepreneurs, we find that it is usually compared to the well-being of salaried employees.
Which you would be quick to forgive as studying the entrepreneurial mindset comes with its fair share of challenges, given how individualistic entrepreneurs tend to be.
It’s widely accepted that that entrepreneurs face more extreme working conditions to that of the salaried employee.
These include higher levels of;
We can also add more time pressure and longer working hours to the mix.
Researchers will classify these directly…
”Life is surfing a wave. It carries you forward. You spend most of your time adjusting and trying to stay on the wave and riding it. It may not be the right wave or the right wave anymore, and it may be headed for the rocks. Reflection is [the practice of] thinking about these questions.”
After reading Step Back by Joseph Badarocco, I made some amazing changes in my life. After incorporating the reflection techniques outlined in the book, I found myself much more confident in my decisions, where I was heading and how I was getting there.
Here we are at task management, where the management of our attention and time meet to actually start doing things. It took a couple of articles to get here but just like becoming a great leader, there’s a lot of self-work to do before you get started. Good work.
The concept of jotting down lists of tasks and ticking them off is a totally subjective experience.
Many people will simply use a notepad & pencil or any shred of paper within reach to keep them focused on their task at hand. Of course, there’s nothing wrong with this: if it…
Years ago, I read a brief quote that said;
“If it’s not in the calendar, it doesn’t exist.”
I wasn’t a professional back then so my time was mostly split between hanging out in skateparks and hanging out in bars. Still, I thoroughly adopted this philosophy knowing that one day it would serve me well. Plus I’m a dork.
All things require a slice of the finite resource that has been allocated to us: and what a paltry ration we have been granted. …
Good morning and good on you for being interested enough to open this article. If you’re like me, finding the focus to pursue your goals in today’s world feels like a constant battle of will and determination. It can be very difficult to balance your ambitions with what society expects of us.
Over the years, I’ve developed some philosophies that keep me on the straight and narrow. These philosophies are based on virtues that act as guideposts in the fog of life. Having these guideposts has allowed me to stay on track as I navigate moving forward.
But virtues are…
Last month, I found myself struggling and needing some help putting together a marketing roadmap for a business I’m working with.
I know my stuff and had a well-laid out plan but as with any planning, I felt I may have missed something. Especially something with this many moving parts.
So because I don’t know what I don’t know, I enlisted the help of a friend and marketing mentor of mine to go over things.
It was a brief call which helped a lot and after some nice chit-chat, hung up the phone and carried on with the planning.
“Do things that scare you. The best things in life are on the other side of fear”
That’s what @alicellemee on Twitter told me.
Which made me really think: what are we (am I) afraid of?
Is it being bad at something because I’m learning? Or is it because I’m afraid of how it will change me? Maybe I am afraid of actually getting the exact thing I’m seeking. Or maybe it’s the person I’ll have to leave behind in the process.
“One does not discover new lands without consenting to lose sight of the shore for a very long…
“I went to the woods because I wished to live deliberately… to front only the essential facts of life … and not, when I came to die, discover that I had not lived.”
- Henry David Thoreau
Why should one incorporate reflection into ones life?
It’s a good question, especially in our already jam-packed lives.
At it’s core, reflection time requires a different kind of thinking that what we’re used in our productivity-focused world.
Our minds often resemble a frantic race, tuned to operate as fast and effectively as possible. …
“Without direction, we drift. Others will shape and direct us. With reflection, we can understand and even bend the trajectories of our lives” — Montaigne
Imagine a fish, asleep in the water. In the current, she gets brought along downstream meeting other dish and bumping into rocks and watery debris.
Then a fish from another school smacks into her, sending her spiralling off in another direction. Or a submerged log sends her spinning into the riverbank.
Above the waterline, our fish indeed appears to be moving downstream. But of course, the forces that act upon her are external: the power…
I spoke to a friend, Akash, recently who shared with me an amazing realisation he had about himself.
Akash is studying pharmaceuticals in university and like many of us, has always struggled with comparing himself to others.
He told me all about how before, he would see his peers and fellow students, his friends and family and incessantly compare himself to them.
This would be in grades, careers choice and progression, relationships and even just how fulfilled they seem to be.
Sound familiar at all?
Well since then, he made great progress and now feels as a though a great…