Successful entrepreneur tips – your mental health

One of my more important successful entrepreneur tips

If you’re reading this, it’s highly likely you want to make it online, earn a full-time income and even quit your job. Throughout my website, I provide you with a host of “successful entrepreneur tips” that can help you do just that.

However, there are some potential issues you need to be aware of as you start to see success, let me explain.

There’s an entrepreneur on YouTube I loosely follow by the name of Greg Preece. I say loosely because although he’s a successful affiliate marketer he was following a direction last year that I could see might be unsustainable in the long run (Merch by Amazon).

That said, he got himself to a stage where he was regularly earning $3,000 or so a month of passive income which is a great achievement.

Greg was posting to YouTube virtually every day, uploading hundreds of t-shirt designs to Merch by Amazon, doing some freelancing etc. etc. Greg’s YouTube channel was his main source of affiliate income.

It all seemed to be going well but then he hit a problem, check out his video here:

Balance, balance, balance

The big takeaways from Greg’s story are:

1) Understand your “why”. Why do you want to make money online, what does your endpoint look like (visualization), what’s your motivation, what will keep you going?

2) Understand that although you need to work hard in your business and put in the hours to become successful, you also need to keep the whole thing balanced and not neglect other important aspects of your life – wife, family, friends and social life.

3) You must actively take steps to avoid burnout. Yes, you should be driven but you should also listen to your mind and body and understand that Superman is for comic books and films, the rest of us are merely human and need to take care of ourselves physically and mentally.

That’s a coincidence!

You’ll know that personally, I work very hard in my business. Coincidentally, even before I watched Greg’s video, I’d made a conscious decision to change my working habits this year.

I tend to be at my best first thing in the morning, but like many of you guys, I also tend to sit at my computer late at night. The problem with this is it makes for a very long day and I was feeling that I was never getting a proper rest from my work.

I’ve now decided that whatever time I start work in the morning (usually quite early) I’ll finish by 4:30 PM and that’s me done for the day. No scuttling back to my desk at 10:00 PM and working till the early hours!

It seems to be working for me so far.

I get more done during the day because I’m working to a schedule with a set cut off point and I’m being more productive in the hours I put in because I’m refreshed and invigorated when I sit down to work.

What next?

Looking after your mental health is definitely one of my more important successful entrepreneur tips. I encourage you to take a look at your own work schedule in the light of what happened to Greg and decide how you can best protect your own wellbeing and mental health.

Remember, this is the kind of issue that can creep up on anyone, so don’t ignore it.

Work hard, but remember your purpose and strive for balance in your life.

Have you experienced similar issues to Greg, have you ever had the feeling you’re burning out and what did you do to get back on track?

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This Post Has 4 Comments

  1. Rutz

    This is a very interesting read.  When you say balance, balance and balance you are talking to me directly. just yesterday I sat on my laptop for eight hours and by evening my back was aching! Sometimes I get into working so much until I forget other aspects such as family or ‘me time’.  Thanks for reminding me that I need to balance.

    1. Les Blythe

      I think all of us online entrepreneurs tend to push the envelope a little too far at times.

      Ultimately, it will be counterproductive and even get us to a point where we find our businesses a chore – something we dread rather than looking forward to and enjoying.

      If we can balance our work and family life, I think both will benefit.

  2. jagi

    Yes, I consistently feel burnout. There is so much to do that mental health becomes one of the things that gets pushed to the back burner. Thanks for bringing this to attention, as it really is important to pay attention to the mind. It’s easy to get lost in it, but hard to find our way back. Thanks for this really informative article as it shows even the successful affiliates get overwhelmed. 

    1. Les Blythe

      Hi there,

      I don’t think anyone is immune from overwhelm and burnout working as we do online. There’s so much information out there from reliable as well as some very dubious sources.

      The best advice I can give is to:

      1) Never undervalue yourself (especially if you’re freelancing).

      2) Have a plan and get each part working properly before moving on.

      3) Never stop marketing your business.

      Thanks for chipping in.

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