Opting for entrepreneurship as a career path can certainly be one of the most rewarding adventures you take to turn your wildest dreams and most innovative ideas into a reality. However, it can also be one of the biggest challenges personally, mentally and physically as you gradually grow your idea into a sustainable business.
As the going gets tough, staying focused becomes a challenge when your to-do list, team, clients and personal life all fight for your attention; experiencing these high levels of stress on a daily basis can cause fatigue resulting in a sudden drop in performance (i.e. an entrepreneur’s worst nightmare). To prevent this from happening, you need to schedule some downtime to help you rest, relax and recharge.
Don’t worry, Vanilla has got you covered. This blog post features some of the ways the world’s most successful tech entrepreneurs like Facebook’s Zuckerberg, and Amazon’s Jeff Bezos plan their downtime as busy entrepreneurs to get you inspired.
Seek an immersive Cultural Experience
Mark Zuckerberg always shoots for a purpose-driven vacation. Zuckerberg and his wife Priscilla Chan spent their vacation in Northern Maine where they hiked and spent some time getting to know the locals in the area including former mill workers, small business owners, teachers, a librarian and a trucker at a restaurant in Bangor. Zuckerberg believes exposure to different cultures and ways of thinking can stimulate innovation.
Unplug, and Enjoy the Sights
Amazon’s Jeff Bezos vacationing philosophy is summarized in “switch off work notifications and relax”. Bezos and his wife MacKenzie spent their vacation in Italy where they fully embraced the tourist within while visiting Rome’s Campo de’ Fiori market, and the Piazza Navona fountains. Bezos thinks by unplugging, you entirely remove the need of having to be anywhere at any given time, this allows you to really enjoy local culture, food, music and architecture.
Go for an Athletic Activity
This is best demonstrated by Larry Ellison, CEO of Oracle and the 7th richest man in the world, with an estimated fortune at around $56bn according to Forbes. In 2000, he turned his money into boats when he founded Oracle Team USA, then personally won America’s Cup in 2010, and 2013 on behalf of the Golden Gate Yacht Club and the Defenders in 2017 in Bermuda. There is more to the story, he is also a licensed aircraft pilot who owns two military jets. I guess this could fit your lifestyle if you tend to be a competitive personality like Ellison here.