One of the greatest insights I’ve taken out of the last few years is to discard this idea of sacrificing today for tomorrow.
Sure, there’s always a bit of give and take, but my conclusion is that successful ventures come out of successful people. That may seem like a flat statement at first, but what it means is that if you really want your venture to be successful, you also need to take up the daily habits, behaviours, modes of thinking, etc, that will make you a successful person. The success of your venture will then emerge out of that, rather than the other way around.
If you do what you need to make sure that you’re a happy, healthy, pleasant individual, your venture will do better as a result.
To put it in simpler terms, Mark Zuckerberg, Larry Page, Elon Musk, Steve Jobs, etc – were exceptional people before they started their businesses. They didn’t become exceptional because of their businesses – their businesses were exceptional because of them.
P.S. This is my first post written and published from the awesome WordPress iPhone app.