If you’re looking to become your own self-made success story, it’s likely you’ve read a number of strategies on how to keep the dream alive. Sure, we know hard work, dedication and great timing equal a pretty good chance of success. But if you want to succeed long-term, there are a few more factors to keep in mind.
Here are three unexpected tidbits that will help you on your busy business journey.
1. Stay bored
It might sound baffling, but if you’re in the category of people who have their best ideas in the shower or just before bed, you’ll know exactly what we’re talking about.
“When our minds wander, we activate something called the ‘default mode’,” argues journalist and researcher Manoush Zomorodi in her book, Bored and Brilliant: How Time Spent Doing Nothing Changes Everything. “When we let ourselves space out and our minds wander, we do our most original thinking and problem solving; without distraction, your mind can go to some interesting and unexpected places.”
Put your phone in your pocket while you commute, stop scrolling while you wait for your lunch order, or switch off your podcast while taking a walk – you never know what might happen.
2. Get specific with the systems
As the hugely influential business book The E-Myth by Michael E. Gerber declares, “people don’t fail, systems do”. There’s little point pushing yourself to the brink with work and leaving the all-important systems that keep your day properly scheduled to fall by the wayside. This is additionally important if you plan to get a helping hand in the future – if your employee isn’t quite sure how things work, how can they help?
“Being an entrepreneur takes hustle,” explains bestselling author Jon Acuff. “And here’s the problem: sometimes we think hustle is about becoming a workaholic or adding a lot of stuff to our lives. Hustle is an act of focus, not frenzy. Hustle is about subtraction and addition. It’s not about doing more, it’s about focusing on the things that you need to do, in order to move your business forward.”
Figuring out how you can do the most with the least input is critical. If you struggle with this, maybe it’s time to re-evaluate your goals.
3. Prioritising ‘you’ time
When something is important, there’s a strong temptation to keep pushing, no matter the cost to your mind and body. It’s absolutely imperative to make yourself the centre of your work world, whether it be with daily exercise (hey, if it’s good enough for Richard Branson…), prioritising food that actually fuels you, or making time for meditation throughout the day, if that’s your desired reset method. (There are alternatives if those don’t work for you.) If you find these tricky to work in, give yourself less wriggle room to ignore it: keep a stash of high-fibre, antioxidant-rich snacks; something like Well Naturally Superfood Bars, which – for added deliciousness – are drizzled with Well Naturally No Sugar Added Dark Chocolate. Pop a few in your desk drawer for an easy refuel, or get your entire workplace to take 10 minutes away from the desk alongside you. We tried Mindfulness in May in the Collective Hub office and it worked for us!