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Have the courage to follow your heart

The only way to do great work is to love what you do. If you haven’t found what you love to do, keep searching – deep, long, and hard. Don’t ever accept less than you deserve.

Explore your likes and dislikes. Understand the things that you are good at. Then start exploring ideas and opportunities around these factors. What would you really like to do and what you are really good at doing? This is a great way to start.

Fear of conflict

Article by Allon Raiz (Bizcommunity)

In the early years of start-ups, especially for first-time entrepreneurs, there is a novelty associated with having people work for you for the first time. It feels a bit like being a first-time parent with uncertainty about the parameters of parenting; when must you be tough and when are you being too tough? Do you say nothing when a deadline is not met, or do you come down hard on the individual? Do you acquiesce to a demand for more money when an employee threatens to leave, or do you stand your ground?

He who conquers himself is the mightiest warrior

Article by Mike Anderson (NSBC Founder & CEO)

It is inevitable as a business owner that at some time on your journey you will hit that “T-Junction” or worse the “Brick Wall”. This “life happening” and "what to do now" are not taught at Business School.

At this point, most throw in the towel, but there are some who dig deep and keep moving. One of the key success factors is overcoming adversity and bouncing back.

How to take care of your body as a busy business owner

A healthy body is a healthy mind. The body and mind work together to give you a healthy and fulfilling life. One, therefore,, cannot do well without the other. However, many people neglect their physical bodies when they become engrossed with other aspects of life. This can lead to illness and the inability to run their businesses properly.

Here are a few simple ways of taking care of both your body and mind as a business owner:

Entrepreneurs: how to balance work and play
Article provided by Santam

Steps to follow to manage work-life balance

There are lots of positives when starting your own business. Being an entrepreneur affords an opportunity to see your ideas become reality and grow more than you thought possible. One of the biggest challenges on this journey, are the personal sacrifices you have to make in order for your start-up to succeed. According to a survey we conducted on over 600 South African entrepreneurs, most small business owners found that the biggest sacrifices they had to make were giving up a steady income and spending less time with their families. They also found that they had to downscale their lifestyles, focus less on personal relationships and deal with a lot of stress. We’ve put together some tips and insights to help you find a healthy balance between work and personal time on your journey to 1001 days.
Is your business destined for greatness?
Article written by Mike Anderson (NSBC Founder & CEO) Show me a business where everyone lives and works by self-managing, and I’ll bet it’s a business destined for greatness. Make sure that the first person you are managing every day is yourself. In business, we all know that management is everything. If you don’t manage your resources properly your business won’t succeed, it’s as simple as that. We spend a tremendous amount of time and energy in learning to manage our surroundings but not ourselves. We live in a world that is dominated by commerce and economics, we end up forgetting to manage the most important thing, which is ourselves.
Almost everything worth doing is risky
Article by Mike Anderson (NSBC Founder & CEO)
Living on the edge and taking risk is the key to happiness and success.  Almost everything worth doing is risky.
Are you stuck in a comfort zone and just hoping to have a mistake-free, loss-free, and stress-free life? It may sound like the good life, but it is actually the “no-life” way to go. Too much safety and comfort bore me and lead to apathy and a life of mediocrity. You will never get where you want to be if you don’t take risks.
Welcome to 2018: make this year the BIG ONE
By Mike Anderson (NSBC Founder & CEO) It’s back to business for many and for the thousands of SMEs that kept on going over the festive season; I hope that your tills have been filled with plenty. Early January is always the time when most fine-tune goals and objectives, and think about what they could have done the year before. 2017 is history so let’s learn from it and focus on the now. We all want to go big every year, but let’s make this year the Big One. Since you first launched your business, your goals have likely changed. Now is the perfect time to update them. Outline your most important goals and priorities for the year. What do you want to achieve in 2018? How will you get there? Now is the time to set aside a day away from the office, with your staff and set priorities and strategies.

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