24/7 high-level stress!
Start-up founders are famous for thinking they can work this way indefinitely.
Here’s the story of the co-founders of Front, who believed they could handle it, until…
One developed cancer. The other had a breakdown that left her unable to function for months.
When they were able to get their attention back on their business, they found that everything was working well. Their attention was needed for growth though.
From all this, they learned a few things.
- Their attention wasn’t necessary in day-to-day operations.
- The business needed their vision and planning to grow. Their attention mattered in the big picture – less so in the small picture.
- Everyone from top to bottom functioned more effectively in a more relaxed environment. The frenetic “workaholic” approach of their earlier days wasn’t so effective.
- Demonstrating vulnerability to your employees is a wonderful morale-builder.
These lessons are frequently ignored in Silicon Valley’s famously “high-octane” atmosphere. Many company builders would benefit from the lessons Collin and Perrin learned at such great pain.
Pretty much every human activity, other than breathing and pumping blood, benefits from regular rest and recuperation.
Thinking about your 2021 plan? My friend, mentor and sales coach, Eric Lofholm, will conduct a free class (December 8, 10, and15) to help you build a plan for 2021. Click here to register for his class. He’ll send you a recording in case you miss the live class, or want to review it.
Eric is unique in that his free programs offer solid value rather than just sales hype. He will offer links to paid programs at the end of each session. The body of the class is serious training, and it’s completely free of charge.
Many wise advisors have suggested:
Failing to plan is planning to fail!