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3 Tips for Entrepreneurs to Remain Happy and Inspired

Jordan French
Jordan French
at BeeHex, Inc.

Drive is important, and every entrepreneur needs; but it can be hard to keep that drive.

As an entrepreneur, you have the opportunity to do something that you love every day as a career. It gives you the flexibility to work as your own boss in a field you care about, and you can make an impact and influence the entire market.

But even entrepreneurs can begin to feel the wear of work. There are going to be times when you have to do things you don’t like, or focus on a project that you don’t find enjoyable. It’s just part of working – just like real life, not everything is always going to be fun and perfect.

There are some entrepreneurs that get tired of the entire process, and they find that they’ve become unhappy. This pushes them to leave the goals behind and go back to working a normal job. Drive is important, and every entrepreneur needs it; but it can be hard to keep that drive.

Here are some changes you can make to stay happy while you grind and pursue your dream:

Change your environment.

If you’ve been working in the same spot for a while, changing your scenery could be an easy way to reinvigorate yourself.

You should find a place that keeps you focused while also helping you feel calm. This is different for every person. Some people work best when they’re next to a window since the natural light can keep people focused. Others prefer busy areas where productivity is around them. That type of productivity can motivate you to keep working, and it’s a reason why many new start-ups are in buildings that share common spaces with other start-ups.

Regardless of where you choose to work, you should always keep your area organized. If your area is clean and organized, you have a small chance of finding something to distract yourself with. A rogue stack of papers can quickly become a mental focus. The same goes for when you need to find something important but don’t know where it is.

These are easy fixes, and they can immediately change the way you feel while you’re working. You could even become excited to get to your new workstation and environment. This will keep you motivated and help the creative juices flow.

Change your daily routine.

If you are feeling worn with work, it might not have anything to do with your actual work.

Everything you do every day of the week is going to affect your mood, productivity and energy levels. This is going to carry into work, even if your start-up or business is something that you love doing.

One change that everybody should make to their routine is exercise. Exercise is an easy way to get natural energy while making a healthy choice. This doesn’t mean training for a marathon – any type of exercise is better than nothing. Exercising offers other benefits as well. If you have a lot going on with your business and it’s been causing stress, working out can help you clear your head and possibly even get a new perspective on the issue.

Exercising also cleans out your system, something that a lot of people don’t think about. There are tons of different toxins that could be bogging you down, so your unhappiness with work could not even be work related.

Another easy change is to add something to your daily routine that makes you better. This could be anything from learning a new language to focusing on eating a healthy meal. It could even be studying a new sector of your business that you didn’t know about. You could find that you have another passion in your workspace, and you can work toward learning something new and valuable.

Change your attitude.

When it comes down to it, you’re the one that’s in charge of your attitude. Negativity tends to create more negativity, and as an entrepreneur, this can begin to bog down your entire business. Staying positive even when you aren’t happy will create a more positive atmosphere, and this could come around back to you.

You also need to realize that being unhappy with your “dream job” of entrepreneurship could mean that you aren’t happy with something else. When you’re an entrepreneur, your job is going to be your life, and vice versa. You need to stop separating the two and realize that happiness in work and happiness in life can be mutually inclusive.

It might be time to look at everything you do in your life and cut out the fat. The more time you spend not getting better, the more time you end up bringing yourself down. You should always have time for activities you enjoy, but you should never be wasting your time. The more time you waste, the easier it is to get into an unproductive, lazy mindset. This will cause issues with your business and, ultimately, your mood.

Remember that happiness should come from within. Stop trying to find happiness in other things. You shouldn’t find happiness from your business but from the hard work that you put into your business. Happiness is all internal. Nothing is us versus them; it’s all you versus who you were a day ago, a week ago or a year ago. It could even be you versus the person you want to be.

If you want to stay happy with your work, you need to change something other than your work.

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Jordan French
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Jordan French is a Fast 50 and Inc. 500 serial entrepreneur with five successful ventures ranging from hardware/software to real estate services. Jordan French cofounded and built his first marketing firm to Inc. 500 and Fast-50 rankings. He left to found as CMO the award-winning media darling, BeeHex, Inc. 3D food printing and cofounded "Airbnb police" start up BNB Shield. He serves as the right-hand business builder and marketing strategist for a number of celebrities including FOWNDERS' Gerard Adams, CBS's Walter O'Brien, author Jon Fisher and "Jackson Kid" B. Howard, among others. French is a biomedical engineer by education, earning his engineering degree from Vanderbilt University, and an aerospace engineer by training. He is an intellectual property and litigation attorney with his law degree from Washington University in St. Louis and licenses to practice in New York and Massachusetts. Jordan French is a regular contributor and reporter for a number of publications including Business.com, Medium, Huffington Post, TechCrunch, CIO.com and Tech.co reporting on start-up news and entrepreneur thought leadership.