Advice from a Dentist: Rest Is The #1 Overlooked Ingredient for Entrepreneurial Success

Today I decided to blog about my favourite but most difficult to obtain ingredient for entrepreneurial success. REST!

Working to hard not enough rest

I try to keep a close eye on me health but am often distracted by the wholly grail of business: Money! If times are down I work inefficiently around the clock to try to “fix” the problem. I times are good I constantly check in and am overwhelmed by the success. In some cases I avoid outsourcing to feel more secure about my business. These thoughts happened to spill out at my last dentist appointment over in Edmonton.

Dentists have to have a bit on an entrepreneurial mindset themselves. They place a huge investment in their schooling and spend years and years before they get the big payoff. There is a lot of work to be done but how do you survive? This topic came up with my dentist when I went in to get an Invisalign treatment done. Something I too had procrastinated on. He asked me how things were going and noticed I was showing signs of stress aka grinding my teeth. I explained my scattered work pace where Ide go a day or two without work then end up spending 72 hours straight working.

He proceed to explain, the only way he survived getting through med school and reaching his goals was having a daily schedule that included elements that led to better rest. The big ones: scheduling social time and a specific wind down routine that would break him away form sitting on his computer till 4 am. (something I am absolutely guilty of.

First, scheduling social time. Too often student and entrepreneurs isolate themselves. Not only is success not found in a vacuum, but isolation can lead to all sorts of health problems. This dentist suggested having at least 3 scheduled monthly activities that are with completely different social groups that DO NOT INVOLVE DRINKING 😉 His were band practice twice a month, pool league and a round of golf with his University buddies.

Second: The Wind Down Routine. Personally this one changed my daily schedule. Previously, I would attempt to not be distracted by work and constantly check my emails on my phone right up to the moment I fell asleep. The signs were showing in my face and overall health. Something had to change. The dentist recommended the following. No screens for at least 2 hours before bed. For many this is extremely difficult as our cultures entertainment now revolves around screens. Instead, he suggested (perhaps an extreme sounding routine) 1 full hour of yoga or stretching, a small snack and a book to release your mind and get a full deep sleep. Here’s a video i’ve been using nightly.

Rest is often overlooked and not nearly as valued as it should be in western culture

A simple google search for tips to be a good entrepreneur will lead you to believe the following:

You are someone that is doing a job you really love and enjoy every second of the experience. Many will in fact tell you the key to success is following your passion…is this really the case. Perhaps another blog post will be needed here.

Most will tell you to master the art of selling and network/self-promote constantly. However, this leads you down a road where eventually the work never ends.

In his break out tape series Personal Power, Tony Robbins explained his theory on fixing procrastination and I believe this is a gateway to allowing entrepreneurs a mindset that will allow for more rest. Tony explains that he sometimes felt that he HAD to complete a task. On his to do list was working out, doing seminars, writing books and coaching. After a while of doing the same things over and over we sort of begin to believe that

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