Taking Care of Yourself Is as Important as Taking Care of Your Business

by Mark Burdon

2 min read

“A good life isn’t a place at which you arrive, it is a lens through which you see and create your world.”

This is one of 35 ideas that Jonathan Fields says could change your life. Fields is a dad, husband, serial-entrepreneur, speaker, web show host, and founder of The Good Life Project.

For Jonathan, living a good life is about more than just being successful in business. In 2013 he published a “living creed” of 35 ideas, beliefs and values to guide his journey in life — “my lens on key elements of a live well-lived,” he says.

Born out of his creation of The 10 Commandments of Epic Business, Jonathan describes the Good Life Project and its accompanying living creed (now available in a 2.0 version) as being about “building an extraordinary life, deeper relationships and meaningful bodies of work, businesses and movements.”

He’s not alone in this thought that an entrepreneur’s life (anyone’s life, really) needs to be about more than just their business.

Former Dragon’s Den host W. Brett Wilson is one of Canada’s best known entrepreneurs and innovative philanthropists. Last year he published a book called Redefining Success: Still Making Mistakes, where he shared experiences on how he was forced to re-prioritize his life; putting health and relationships first. He’s also been working with Visa on the #goodbusy campaign for small business, which is about working smarter, not just harder.

“What makes life really worth living: friends, family, health,” Brett says. “Success is about passion, guided by priorities.”

Twist Image President Mitch Joel says finding the right work-life blend is vital to being a truly successful business. As a speaker at The Art of Business conference, he compared business to a three-legged stool – Leg One is family and friends, Leg Two is your profession, and Leg Three is community. Take one of the legs out of the equation, and you won’t be successful. Mitch also said that today’s technologies are so advanced that it takes technology out of technology. Even a cat, a toddler or an elderly lady can figure out how to use an iPad. However, as easy as technology is becoming to use, it is making having a work-life balance even more complicated.

Finding the perfect blend of taking care of business, taking care of you, and taking care of the ones you love is a delicate balancing act. Ultimately, even though being a small business owner is a lot of work, entrepreneurs should not let their pursuit of business success derail personal success.

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