Can you guess the one most fundamental secret to entrepreneurial success?
There is a lot of amateur and outdated advice out there today. There are a lot of disguised sales pitches. There are lots of principles which can help create a successful business. Though even they are often disrupted. If you have to boil it down to just one thing, what do you think will give you the best entrepreneurial advantage.
It may be uncommon advice, not as sexy as some other hyped up trendy habits, yet extremely valuable. It’s super simple. It’s sleep.
According to the National Institutes of Health, sleep not only helps improve focus and gives you quicker reflexes, but Dr. Merrill Mitler says “The fact is, when we look at well-rested people, they’re operating at a different level than people trying to get by on 1 or 2 hours less nightly sleep.” If you are going to enjoy entrepreneurial success, you must be operating on a different level than everyone else.
The Secrets of Sleeping Your Way to Success
Napping and even office nap rooms have become a trend. They may offer some last resort benefit, but they certainly haven’t found a fan in Spartan Race founder Joe de Sena. He says “Maybe the healthiest thing a workplace can do is set boundaries by respecting employees’ time. Set clear expectations for unplugging. Encouraging reasonable schedules and setting a precedence of heading home at a normal time gives employees an opportunity to unwind and get the recommended amount of shut-eye in their own bedrooms instead of a company nap room.” He suggests yoga, getting outdoors in nature more or trying 400 burpees a day as an alternative if you really can’t stick to a real sleeping schedule. I love exercise, but I think I’ll take the sleep instead of the 400 burpees.
The number of hours you sleep matters. We go through sleep cycles. The more cycles we go through, the long periods of deep sleep we get. That’s when our bodies are healing, building muscle (which helps burn fat), and our immune system is strengthened. Getting a full night’s sleep means enjoying more of these benefits.
This also means quality of sleep is perhaps even more important. For some that may mean tapping sleep technology like this for a superior night’s rest. You may also enjoy this report on the habits of successful entrepreneurs before they go to bed. My friend Tim and one of his coaches Jeff Delaney of Nuviva, as well as research by Dr. Edwin Lee point out that peptides can help promote better sleep as well. This is especially true for aging entrepreneurs who have trouble sleeping, or are looking for additional anti-aging benefits to keep up with those hotshot coders coming out of Harvard this year.
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