Monthly Archives: January 2012
We all want other people to promote our businesses and to refer customers to us but do we reciprocate and recommend our supportersâ€™ businesses to our clients? Doing this often takes a conscious effort but after a while it becomes second nature. Any kind of recommendation or referral should be a twoway street if possible. Be clear about which businesses you would like to support and promote them accordingly.
Over time, my life has got back in balance and I feel sensational. Sure I have periods when it is chaotic, stressful and challenging, but they are much fewer and faurther between than before. I run my business better, and there is a good chance I will live longer. I have a lot more friends outside of my business world and they keep my feet firmly planted on the ground.
I realised I was heading down the same path and I was 33. So I decided to change. It didnâ€™t happen overnight and I have to work on it to this day. But now I feel my life is far more balanced than it has been in a long time. I have lost about 30 kilograms, I work out with a personal trainer a couple of times every week, I do yoga as often as possible and I feel great. I start work at about 8 a.m. after having a good breakfast, something I never used to do.
We all get absorbed in our businesses and as I have discussed elsewhere in this book, there is a need for this level of passion and commitment. For many entrepreneurs it comes naturally, but balancing your work life with your personal life can be difficult. A few years ago I found myself running a growing business.
Businesses come and goâ€”what you are doing today is unlikely to be what you will be doing in ten yearsâ€™ time. You are the most significant asset in your life and it is important to realise this. I encounter a lot of people who become their businessâ€”it is everything, from their waking moment in the morning to their last thought at night (and often it fills their dreams).