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5 Emotions That Successful Entrepreneurs Never Feel

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5 Emotions That Successful Entrepreneurs Never Feel

When you become a successful entrepreneur, you represent a group of people who create value for the world by seeing solutions where others see nothing. Where back in the old days, people would try and turn lead into gold, modern day entrepreneurs turn 0’s and 1’s into an app that can solve a real problem.

Human emotions can empower. They can also disable. The key to success is sifting out the emotions that give you strength and throwing away the ones that get in the way of progress. Here are the five emotions that successful entrepreneurs become skilled at getting rid of to protect their ability to create value.

1. Jealousy

Entrepreneurs aren’t jealous. They see the success of their colleagues as validation of hard work. The smarter ones will look at what they are specifically doing different that makes them successful – market, product, advertising, etc – and seek to emulate it.

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People who are jealous, actually admit that they will never be as successful as the person they are jealous of. No one will tell you that, but it’s the truth about jealousy. It represents deep insecurity that disables you from performing better and seeking the life that you want.

If you can be genuinely happy for someone who is successful, you can be one step closer at success yourself.

2. Despair

In the dictionary, despair is defined as being “the complete loss or absence of hope”. Entrepreneurs are quintessentially about hope. Without hope, there isn’t possibility. Their ideas would never make it beyond the drawing board.

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This isn’t to say that entrepreneurs don’t lose hope sometimes. They are human, after all. However, entrepreneurs are unable to completely drain their “hope gauge”. No matter what knocks them down, they will always get back up. If not immediately, eventually.

3. Apathy

Apathy basically means not caring at all about something. It means that no matter what happens, whether good nor bad, you have no emotional investment attached to it. This can be a good thing for entrepreneurs. If they don’t care about the result, they can focus on doing meaningful work.

Having said this, entrepreneurs build things to solve problems. Apathy can be a destructive emotion because it can drain the energy and passion away from a venture. People who work with you in the venture may leave, seeing that their fearless leader is more of a “meh” leader.

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Entrepreneurs are caring people. They might not seem that way at face value, but without care, they would not go to great lengths to solve the world’s problems.

4. Disappointment

Disappointment is another very common emotion. People get disappointed all the time: in other people, in situations out of their control, in themselves. As an entrepreneur myself, I would be lying if I said that I didn’t feel disappointment. In fact, I feel it on a daily basis.

What sets entrepreneurs apart from other people is that entrepreneurs do something with their disappointment. They make it constructive. They turn it into an opportunity for growth. For example, I’ve started a “disappointment journal” where I list the things that disappoint me. What’s been fascinating is realizing these things often aren’t big deals and that I’m silly for wasting energy on it in the first place.

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It’s an emotion that has to be weaned out of the human system. Only then can you be as effective as a successful entrepreneur.

5. Worry

Entrepreneurs have at least double the number of things to worry about, compared to “regular” people. Some entrepreneurs let worries drive them into the ground. The emotionally and physically collapse one day and need to take a couple months off. The weight of worries crushes them.

Other entrepreneurs – ones who are more experienced and durable against the weight of worry – realize that worrying is placing a bet against themselves. There is literally no point worrying. It takes away precious energy that should be focused on value creation. Worrying doesn’t decrease the chance of bad things happening either. So why worry?

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If you can purge yourself of these five troublesome emotions, you can quickly be on your way to becoming a successful entrepreneur. It takes effort, but it’s worth it.

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Published on September 21, 2021

How Remote Work Affects Your Productivity And Wellbeing (Backed By Data)

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How Remote Work Affects Your Productivity And Wellbeing (Backed By Data)

The internet is flooded with articles about remote work and its benefits or drawbacks. But in reality, the remote work experience is so subjective that it’s impossible to draw general conclusions and issue one-size-fits-all advice about it. However, one thing that’s universal and rock-solid is data. Data-backed findings and research about remote work productivity give us a clear picture of how our workdays have changed and how work from home affects us—because data doesn’t lie.

In this article, we’ll look at three decisive findings from a recent data study and two survey reports concerning remote work productivity and worker well-being.

1. We Take Less Frequent Breaks

Your home can be a peaceful or a distracting place depending on your living and family conditions. While some of us might find it hard to focus amidst the sounds of our everyday life, other people will tell you that the peace and quiet while working from home (WFH) is a major productivity booster. Then there are those who find it hard to take proper breaks at home and switch off at the end of the workday.

But what does data say about remote work productivity? Do we work more or less in a remote setting?

Let’s take a step back to pre-pandemic times (2014, to be exact) when a time tracking application called DeskTime discovered that 10% of most productive people work for 52 minutes and then take a break for 17 minutes.

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Recently, the same time tracking app repeated that study to reveal working and breaking patterns during the pandemic. They found that remote work has caused an increase in time worked, with the most productive people now working for 112 minutes and breaking for 26 minutes.[1]

Now, this may seem rather innocent at first—so what if we work for extended periods of time as long as we also take longer breaks? But let’s take a closer look at this proportion.

While breaks have become only nine minutes longer, work sprints have more than doubled. That’s nearly two hours of work, meaning that the most hard-working people only take three to four breaks per 8-hour workday. This discovery makes us question if working from home (WFH) really is as good a thing for our well-being as we thought it was. In addition, in the WFH format, breaks are no longer a treat but rather a time to squeeze in a chore or help children with schoolwork.

Online meetings are among the main reasons for less frequent breaks. Pre-pandemic meetings meant going to another room, stretching your legs, and giving your eyes a rest from the computer. In a remote setting, all meetings happen on screen, sometimes back-to-back, which could be one of the main factors explaining the longer work hours recorded.

2. We Face a Higher Risk of Burnout

At first, many were optimistic about remote work’s benefits in terms of work-life balance as we save time on commuting and have more time to spend with family—at least in theory. But for many people, this was quickly counterbalanced by a struggle to separate their work and personal lives. Buffer’s 2021 survey for the State of Remote Work report found that the biggest struggle of remote workers is not being able to unplug, with collaboration difficulties and loneliness sharing second place.[2]

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Buffer’s respondents were also asked if they are working more or less since their shift to remote work, and 45 percent admitted to working more. Forty-two percent said they are working the same amount, while 13 percent responded that they are working less.

Longer work hours and fewer quality breaks can dramatically affect our health, as long-term sitting and computer use can cause eye strain, mental fatigue, and other issues. These, in turn, can lead to more severe consequences, such as burnout and heart disease.

Let’s have a closer look at the connection between burnout and remote work.

McKinsey’s report about the Future of work states that 49% of people say they’re feeling some symptoms of burnout.[3] And that may be an understatement since employees experiencing burnout are less likely to respond to survey requests and may have even left the workforce.

From the viewpoint of the employer, remote workers may seem like they are more productive and working longer hours. However, managers must be aware of the risks associated with increased employee anxiety. Otherwise, the productivity gains won’t be long-lasting. It’s no secret that prolonged anxiety can reduce job satisfaction, decrease work performance, and negatively affect interpersonal relationships with colleagues.[4]

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3. Despite everything, We Love Remote Work

An overwhelming majority—97 percent—of Buffer report’s survey respondents say they would like to continue working remotely to some extent. The two main benefits mentioned by the respondents are the ability to have a flexible schedule and the flexibility to work from anywhere.

McKinsey’s report found that more than half of employees would like their workplace to adopt a more flexible hybrid virtual-working model, with some days of work on-premises and some days working remotely. To be more exact, more than half of employees report that they would like at least three work-from-home days a week once the pandemic is over.

Companies will increasingly be forced to find ways to satisfy these workforce demands while implementing policies to minimize the risks associated with overworking and burnout. Smart companies will embrace this new trend and realize that adopting hybrid models can also be a win for them—for example, for accessing talent in different locations and at a lower cost.

Remote Work: Blessing or Plight?

Understandably, workers worldwide are tempted to keep the good work-life aspects that have come out of the pandemic—professional flexibility, fewer commutes, and extra time with family. But with the once strict boundaries between work and life fading, we must remain cautious. We try to squeeze in house chores during breaks. We do online meetings from the kitchen or the same couch we watch TV shows from, and many of us report difficulties switching off after work.

So, how do we keep our private and professional lives from hopelessly blending together?

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The answer is that we try to replicate the physical and virtual boundaries that come naturally in an office setting. This doesn’t only mean having a dedicated workspace but also tracking your work time and stopping when your working hours are finished. In addition, it means working breaks into your schedule because watercooler chats don’t just naturally happen at home.

If necessary, we need to introduce new rituals that resemble a normal office day—for example, going for a walk around the block in the morning to simulate “arriving at work.” Remote work is here to stay. If we want to enjoy the advantages it offers, then we need to learn how to cope with the personal challenges that come with it.

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