That’s a great question, because you can certainly be happy without being successful, and you can be successful without being happy too!
In this guest post, Janet Miller provides us with seven tips on how to find this meaningful balance.
Habits are an essential part of our lives. They influence both our professional and personal lives, and form a key aspect of who we are. What makes some entrepreneurs happier and more successful than others? Habits are a key factor. Here are seven habits of happy successful entrepreneurs.
1. They Never Settle
Elon Musk is famous for never taking no for an answer. He simply never allows someone to tell him that something is impossible or beyond his capability to accomplish – he sets clear goals and doesn’t give up until he meets them, exceeds them, or fails attempting.
While it is important to maintain a good grasp on the reality of any given situation, pushing the envelope in this manner is a shared trait of many happy successful entrepreneurs.
2. They Persist
Many startups fail. The happy, successful entrepreneur does not let this shake his confidence – most have started several businesses before ending up with a successful one. The ability to learn from one’s mistakes and never giving up is critical to one’s success,
3. They Are Humble
Known for his extreme humility and approachability, Tony Hsieh, the founder of Zappos, stresses cultivating humility throughout life as part of the emotional makeup of a happy, successful entrepreneur.
4. They Exercise Frequently
For most entrepreneurs, daily physical activity is an absolute necessity. Not only does exercising at a given time each day lead to a more structured, healthier lifestyle, it also has long-term emotional benefits that result in a happier, more satisfied mind and body.
Running a business can be extremely stressful, especially for entrepreneurs who have to overcome seemingly insurmountable challenges on a daily basis. Exercise provides a fantastic outlet for these stresses and emotions, allowing you to release energy while improving yourself.
These activities are also scientifically proven to release chemicals into the bloodstream that give positive feelings.
5. They Associate with Like-Minded Entrepreneurs
You are the average of the people you spend the most time with. Happy successful entrepreneurs take the time to cultivate relationships with like-minded entrepreneurs with whom they can share ideas and find a strong source of support.
Spending time with other individuals who lead healthy, balanced lives can only leads to positive results. It will enable you to incorporate their productive patterns into your own routine.
6. They Spend Time in Solitude
Like any exhausting profession, the life of an entrepreneur is a demanding one. When the success or failure of a venture is solely dependent upon your business expertise, the pressure can definitely mount up.
Thus, spending a little time alone to reflect and meditate in peace and solitude is essential. Overwork can have detrimental effects upon both your emotional state and your productivity.
Working longer hours doesn’t necessarily lead to better results, or a more satisfied feeling at the end of the day, and meditation can even improve your business mind and interpersonal skills. Taking time in this manner is essential to your mental health, and is a habit that you should definitely develop.
7. Drink Lots and Lots of Water
The happy successful entrepreneur stays hydrated throughout the day. Water offers a multitude of benefits – it energizes our bodies, clears our bodies of any waste, and helps to maintain steady organ function.
Keeping hydrated throughout the day is essential to a healthy and happy lifestyle – the average person requires about nine pints of aqua vida per day, which is a lot more than it sounds. It’s a simple, yet effective routine to have – drink one bottle per hour. Just don’t overdo it!