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Energy vs Experience

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When I started out on my career, I made up for my lack of experience with energy - longer hours and greater enthusiasm were always available at the drop of a hat.

Now that I am older, my energy is noticeably reduced, but I have experience by the bucketload - some good, some bad, but all valuable.

I really don’t think that success depends on having more experience or more energy, I think it depends on recognising how much you have of each, and applying them accordingly….

Further Thoughts

If you listen to many of today's entrepreneurial gurus, success is simply a matter of working harder and harder - longer hours, more hustle and less sleep are touted as being essential to building a company - and although it's just not true, if you listen to that message enough, you start to believe that if you aren't working 18 hours a day, you might as well give up.

And I'll be honest, despite being old enough (and experienced enough) to know better, I still fell into the 'just work longer' trap; as my business has grown, so has the amount of work that needs to be done, but instead of seeing it as an opportunity to refine the ways that things are done, I just carried on trying to do them the old way and working longer hours.

Fortunately, the good thing about experience is that it just waits, patiently, for you to remember it is there, and so when I realised that I couldn't keep working the longer hours that my younger self did without breaking, experience reminded me that it's not about working harder, it's about working smarter.

I'm still working harder than I ever did at the end of my corporate career - and that's fine because I love what I do so much - but I'm also finding better ways to do what need to be done, getting help when I need it, and making sure that I keep my business (and my hours) in balance with the other important things in my life.

Like I said in the quote, success is built on a combination of energy and experience, and you will always have more of one than the other....


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