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A Guide For Entrepreneurs On How To Get Better Sleep

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After years of working to get ahead, nothing feels better than finally achieving your goal of becoming an entrepreneur. Being your own boss gives you a lot more freedom to live your life on your own terms. At first, it seems like this would make it a lot easier to sleep. As it turns out, however, that isn’t always the case.

Shifting from being an employee to being an entrepreneur not only increases your freedom but it also increases your responsibilities. When everything is riding on your shoulders, it is a lot easier to feel stressed out and anxious. As a business owner, you are responsible for dealing with every aspect of running your company, including coming up with new ideas, generating money to fund those ideas, managing your employees, taking care of your taxes, and countless other day-to-day tasks. It can be quite overwhelming.

If you really want to succeed as an entrepreneur, you need to fully believe in your abilities. You also need to stay motivated, keeping your eyes on the prize and developing new skills whenever necessary. You should focus on being your best in everything you do, including how you sleep. Getting a good night’s sleep is absolutely vital when you are running your own business. Here are some tips to help you get the rest that you need so you can be more effective in your day-to-day life.

1. Know When To Call It A Day

With today’s technology, it is easier than ever to always stay connected. Thanks to devices like smartphones, you have the opportunity to respond to emails and text messages any time of the day or night. However, that doesn’t necessarily mean that you should. Even if you are dealing with business associates or clients in another country, it is important to turn off your devices at a specific time each day. Ideally, you should try to have all of your emails sent by dinner time. Anything that comes in after that time can usually be dealt with the following day.

Although this isn’t necessarily feasible for all entrepreneurs, it can make a huge difference in the quality of your sleep. Modern devices give off a blue light that keeps your body from effectively producing melatonin. Looking at your smartphone, playing on your computer, or watching your TV too late in the evening can make it far more difficult to fall asleep. Not only that but dealing with work-related issues in the evening can leave you with an active mind that is hard to shut down. To sleep more soundly, try to avoid using these types of devices for at least an hour before bed. Instead, try reading a book, spending time with your family, taking a bath, or any other activities that you find relaxing and enjoyable.

2. Meditate

Gone are the days where meditation was something that was just associated with hippies or free spirits. These days, practically all successful people use some form of meditation to calm their minds. Mindfulness and meditation shift your attention to what is happening around you in the present, which can have a profoundly beneficial effect on both your body and your mind.

Regularly meditating can help you get much better sleep. Through meditation, you can free your mind from clutter, letting go of worries and focusing on what is happening right now in your life instead. Meditation is effective at relaxing your mind no matter what time of the day you do it. Regardless of whether you meditate early in the day or right before bed, it can ease stress and free up your mind, making it easier to sleep at night.

Practicing meditation is a lot easier than you might think. There are plenty of helpful tools online that you can use to get started. A body scan meditation is usually a good option for beginners and can give you an idea of whether or not this practice is right for you.

3. Buy The Best Bed You Can Afford

Chances are, you wouldn’t hesitate to spend a lot of money on a nice new car or a high-quality suit. The same should hold true for your bed. Even though buying a mattress isn’t exactly exciting, it can make a tremendous difference in your overall level of health – check out the reviews of this Metro mattress for example.

Getting better sleep can relieve aches and pains and can help you sleep better throughout the night. It can also make it easier to stay focused so that you can get more done during a typical workday. Along with buying a high-quality mattress, don’t forget to invest in a pillow that provides you with the support that you need. Sleeping on the right mattress can make a world of difference in how you feel when you wake up in the morning.

Anthony Delgado (born February 6, 1986) is an American software developer and internet entrepreneur widely known as a professional hacker in the developer community. Anthony Delgado has won numerous hackathons sponsored by Fortune 500 tech companies like Google, IBM, Intel, Facebook and Microsoft and hosted by organizations including Rutgers University, the New Jersey Institute of Technology, the AT&T Developer Summit in New York City.

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Two UK Based Entrepreneurs Plan To Help 100’s Create Online Businesses

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Jay Parry and Louis Cooke are 2 young entrepreneurs based in the UK. Jay and Louis have been focusing on building drop-shipping brands via Instagram for the last 4-5 years. They focus heavily on automating without relying on paid advertising to build their businesses. Their streams of income are automated with their strategies for drop-shipping so they are now focusing on helping others achieve success with minimal budget and/or experience needed.

What’s your background story?

Jay & Louis: After years of being employed in jobs that we didn’t enjoy, hopping around different companies and just never being happy with that “9-5 life”, after seeing people we followed building companies and brands, we decided to embark on our own journeys. Just like many first time entrepreneurs, we both began with building clothing lines. These brands are where we discovered and learnt strategies that we would later apply to drop-shipping to stray away from having to pay for advertising like everyone else does. We have built multiple brands that are now established and essentially run themselves with a minimal amount of work.

What differentiates you from everyone else in your field?

Jay & Louis: We work completely differently to the traditional ‘Online Entrepreneurs’ in drop-shipping. We have 3 offices where we are now hiring in house staff to learn and grow with us and we do not pay a single £ on paid advertising. It would be hard to find any other people in our space that is doing anything similar. With our first member of staff, Chizolf (Charlie), joining us 1 month ago, we are now ready to scale even further and blow up. We love to create and build. We’re not naive when it comes to scaling, we know that we need to employ staff to be able to scale and allow us to have free time to focus on other parts of the business.

What are your accomplishments?

Jay & Louis: Since starting our personal brands, we have started to build a good community of young entrepreneurs on Instagram, as well as starting our own entrepreneurial Podcast that at its highest reach, hit #34 in the world for business. Combined we have helped over 100 people to create successful online stores with some reaching as much as 5 figures a month and heading towards a 6 figure year. We coach a huge range of people from 15 year old school students to 50 year olds in full time employment. With some of our 15 year old students even making more than their teachers.

What were the biggest entrepreneurship lessons you’ve learned?

Jay & Louis: We have learnt many lessons, the biggest being that without putting yourself into the most vulnerable and risky situations, you will never succeed. As cliché as it sounds, you will never find success within the comfort zone. “Regret Is Poison. Take Risks.”

We often hear stories that make it seem like someone was an overnight success when really there were setbacks and stumbles along the way. Why do you think it’s valuable to be candid about both failure and success?

Jay & Louis: There is literally no such thing as an overnight success, no matter how many people you see just blow up, there is so much hard work you don’t see behind the scenes. We owe our success to our failures. I think the best thing to do is own it, if you can own your failures and run with them, you are only going to learn from them and grow. People are very fast to jump on the bandwagon of any ‘guru’ promoting fast success, selling courses etc, we are hugely against it. We want everyone to know how hard it can actually be, the struggles they’ll actually experience. Otherwise the first issue and failure they come against, they get disheartened and quit. We are always as realistic as possible with people who come to us for guidance and support. If it was as easy as people make out, everyone would be doing it right?

Otherwise, follow and join in with the crazy journey we are on.

@alwaystakerisks   || @regretispoison

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Interview With Connor LaRocque President of LA Rock Enterprises

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I had the pleasure of interviewing Connor LaRocque, an expert at helping young adults and entrepreneurs become leaders, overcome fears, and distinguish themselves in a competitive marketplace. Currently he is President of LA Roqk Enterprises, a multinational direct sales and consulting firm. The CEO of SocialRise Revenue Marketing Agency and he’s on the same speaker bureau as Kevin O’Leary from Shark Tank (the Big Idea Speakers).

Hey Connor thanks so much for this interview! Can you tell us little about your story?

Connor LaRocque: I grew up overweight and was an uneasy, goofy type of kid. I played Hockey until I was 16 and then gave it up to join Muay Thai. Joining Muay Thai I found my passion. I competed at the Canadian nationals and lost a title fight to receive a silver medal. A big part of my story was that I was a C student in high school and didn’t get into university my first attempt. When I finally got in, I published two books (one bestseller), made honor role, and spoke to thousands of students on overcoming fear and being able to strategize for the future while completing my degree. I originally was planning on going to Law School, but instead took a risk and became an entrepreneur thanks to my brother. He got me to sell door to door with his company in minus 30 degrees weather which then launched my career as an entrepreneur.

As a entrepreneur, motivational speaker and author, what differentiates you from everyone else in your field?

Connor LaRocque: At 25 years old, it’s rare to find someone whose accomplished what I have, but my true distinguishing factor is in my ability to build relationships and connect with people without looking for anything in return. I truly love helping people, it is the fire that fuels my heart and soul. I wouldn’t be doing this if it were just about the money. I walk into everyday wanting it to be hard; I want that workout to make me suffer, I want to go to work and completely exhaust myself because that’s how I am going to be better than I was yesterday.

What is your inspiration for what you do?

Connor LaRocque: Saying that I love helping people is too cliche and generic. The reason I do it isn’t for myself but to reach the newly discovered element of Abraham Maslow’s Hierarchy of needs called “Self-Transcendence.” There is no better feeling than helping someone or giving something more of yourself. I always tell people if you’re having a bad day, go try and help someone in a worse situation than your own. Watch how you feel when you’re done.

Can you tell us what your books are about and what inspired you to write them?

  • Life is Motivation is about building a self-sustaining platform for the rest of your life and about asking strong questions to help discover yourself and try to reach a point of self-actualization.
  • Mindset is Everything is about the fact that luck is an illusion. If you study any “successful” individual, what you will discover is that the had the proper clarity, strategy, and a strong execution to achieve what the desire in their lives. It breaks down getting focused and clear on what you want, finding what your passion is, and then using that energy to completely change your life.
  • What inspired me to write the books was that I have always been a writer. I wanted a permanent outlet to showcase my thoughts which I hoped could help some people going through hard times. It was my way of giving back and having something I could call my own. All of my mentors had written books and I wanted to do the same.

What would you say to someone who came to you for advice about taking ‘the leap of faith’ into entrepreneurship?

Connor LaRocque: What gets you excited and fired up in the morning? That’s where you start! You can’t be doing it just to make money because your fulfillment will be hollow. It’s that passion that is going to allow you to push and grind when you don’t want to, not the money! You also need to have a strong clarity on “Why” you’re doing it because everyone is going to try and convince you otherwise so you need to be strong in your direction. When your Why is strong you will figure out the HOW.

What is one thing you wish you had known when you were starting out in your career?

Connor LaRocque: That you can actually create those moments that you visualize within your mind. Clarity and what you focus on are by far the most crucial aspect to the results you achieve.

Can you share the most interesting story that’s happened to you during your entrepreneurship journey?

Connor LaRocque: I worked one the biggest personal development conferences in North America at the Madison Square Garden all because of my red shoes! I met a gentleman who is now a dear friend named Conrad Greiner from Germany who referred me to this company. Next thing you know, I flew out to New York City, and got to meet the likes of Richard Branson, Gary Vaynerchuck, and Steve Forbes while working in a B2B Sales lead position at 23 years old off of Wall Street.

We often hear stories that make it seem like someone was an overnight success when really there were setbacks and stumbles along the way. Why do you think it’s valuable to be candid about both failure and success?

Connor LaRocque: It makes you human, helps you relate to people, and gives people hope when they need it the most. We all have gifts, talents, and abilities which distinguish us from one another, but at the end of the day, we all have a brain, body, breathe, and bleed. No one is immortal.

What is your personal definition of success?

Connor LaRocque: Being in alignment physically, mentally, spiritually, and financially. Living a life that is meant to serve others with no expectation of anything in return. It’s not just about having a big wallet, it’s about having a big heart that uses that wallet to make the world a better place.

What is the best way for someone to reach you if they are interested in working with you?

Connor LaRocque: DM me on Facebook, Instagram (@laroqk) or LinkedIn. You can also email me at [email protected]

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Interview with Tetty Thomas

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In this featured interview, we take an in-depth look at latinos in tech, how to avoid social media anxiety, how to avoid burnout, dating in entrepreneurship and what it takes to date a boss.  Tetty Thomas is on a mission to make girls who code cool again and rewrite what it means to be a boss. On this episode of the Disrupt Podcast we talk to Tetty about everything from entrepreneurship, coding, latinos in tech and blasting female stereotypes. She shares what she has learned during her entrepreneurial journey and where she is going next. Follow Tetty on IG: @tettythomas

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