Mompreneur Shira Nelson on the Importance of Not Doing It All

How this mom of two went from burnout to doing only what she does best–which isn’t cooking or cleaning. August 8, 2019 6 min read Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. In this series called Member Showcase, we publish interviews with members of The Oracles. This interview is with Shira Nelson, founder of MomBeyondBaby, which helps moms become their best amidst the wild world of motherhood. It was condensed by The Oracles. Who are you? Shira Nelson: In almost seven years online, I have inspired and helped thousands of moms become better versions of themselves after having babies through my MomBeyondBaby programs and coaching. A MomBeyondBaby is the woman who has found herself in motherhood. To some that means becoming their strongest and fittest, while to others, it means building and growing a business. Regardless of the “what,” they all find their purpose and become fulfilled in ways […]

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Build a business and a Life That Won’t Kill You

Brian Moran’s book about ‘doing more in three months than others do in a year’ is a great starting point, this contributor says. December 20, 2018 7 min read Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. We entrepreneurs are a passionate bunch, but that passion can be a double-edged sword. Wielded skillfully and with the right mindset, passion can sustain you and your business, to be sure. But let it run amok and your business and life will suffer. Related: How to Recognize and Beat Burnout I’ve seen countless entrepreneurs lose themselves and much of their social life to deadlines, to-do lists and the burning drive to earn more money and grow an audience. A recent study published in the Harvard Business Review, in fact, identified two types of entrepreneurial passion: “harmonious passion” (where entrepreneurs are motivated, satisfied and feel their role is important) and “obsessive passion” (in which the status, […]

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5 Simple Hacks Entrepreneurs Can Use to Avoid Burnout

Starting your day on the right foot and taking breaks are just a few quick ways you can avoid exhaustion. October 29, 2018 6 min read Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. A huge misconception in the entrepreneurial world is that burnout is caused by working too hard. But, most founders work hard. They’ve dedicated their life to being their own boss and creating a lifestyle of independence — and that doesn’t come easy. Related: How to Avoid and Recover From Burnout What actually causes burnout is the lack of ability and understanding to manage one’s emotions. Life can be a roller coaster, ups, downs and all arounds. Business building can expose the highs and the drops of emotions. If one is unaware of how to navigate this element of entrepreneurship, burnout follows. As someone who helps professionals and leaders focus on mindfulness and their full potential, I’ve […]

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4 Powerful Ways to Prevent Burnout

Burnout is not a badge of honor — it’s a problem. April 19, 2018 5 min read This story originally appeared on Ellevate Burnout is not a badge of honor. It’s a problem, and a common one, too. According to a 2013 Harvard Medical School finding, you’ve got a 96 percent chance of feeling burned out if you’re a senior leader. So what’s causing us to feel this way? Generally, burnout is caused by a combination of external factors and personal choices. It’s defined as a physical or mental collapse due to overwork or stress, and the American Institute of Stress states that 80 percent of workers feel stress at work. Related: How to Listen to Your Intuition and Create Your Dream Life If we’re burned out, then we’re not feeling energetic. And when we feel energetic, that’s when our brain has what it needs to thrive and excel. Jeff Bezos, CEO and founder of […]

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SPI 306: Rise of the Youpreneur with Chris Ducker

Today I have a very special guest: Chris Ducker of ChrisDucker.com and Youpreneur, and author of the new book Rise of the Youpreneur! Chris and I have been friends for eight years now. He’s been on the show before but we’ve never gotten this deep. A lot of people may not be familiar with the side of Chris we’re going to be talking about today. We’ll be discussing a time in Chris’s life when he was actually hospitalized due to burnout. That event, and everything that happened after, ultimately led Chris to a successful, enjoyable, and fulfilling business. Chris understands how to be the best version of you, how to portray that so that you can hire people, coach people, and get your audience to trust you. This translates into every facet of his business: branding, content, and how he interacts with his audience. He’s going to be sharing some […]

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To Combat Burnout, Let Data Lead the Way

Every time a good employee burns out, your company loses a flicker of its shine and essence. So, unless you want to avoid losing your forward progress, you must avoid losing star performers to what I’ll call responsibility fatigue. Related: Successful Business Leaders Focus on Preventing Employee Burnout This is important, because, from a numbers perspective, the effects of burnout on the bottom line are hardly nominal. A 2017 Kronos survey found that avoiding turnover was  a huge priority for 87 percent of human resources professionals surveyed. And, half of the respondents who said their biggest nemesis was employee burnout said it affected as much as 50 percent of their annual turnover. That’s where monitoiring comes in. Monitoring success in business involves tracking numerous key performance indicators concurrently. But tracking one KPI in particular can help you keep your employees’ sparks from going dim. That indicator? Growth. Looking up, down and sideways to head off burnout […]

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