Beyond 8 Figures

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In this episode A.J. and Timi discuss why your business needs you to go on vacation. They discuss how to avoid staff burnout, why talking to strangers hones your entrepreneurial skills, and why you should tell your clients about your holiday escapades.

Vacations are a time for you to recharge your body and refresh your perspective. Tune in to the episode to learn why vacations will make you a more effective and well-rounded entrepreneur.

On today’s podcast:
Where you live determines how much time you actually need off work. Some places are much more stressful than others.
If you don’t spend at least a whole week in a place while traveling, you don’t fully get the feel of the place.
Sometimes, we don’t fully explore and appreciate the places where we live. Being a tourist in your own city can be a rewarding experience.
It is extremely important to take time off work. If you are overworked, you will not be able to produce your best work.
Employers that do not give their staff time off can alienate them and make them feel undervalued.

Show Notes

In this episode A.J. and Timi discusses why your business needs you to go on vacation. They talk about how to avoid staff burnout, why talking to strangers hones your entrepreneurial skills, and why you should tell your clients about your holiday escapades. 

Vacations are a time for you to recharge your body and refresh your perspective. Tune in to the episode to learn why vacations will make you a more effective and well-rounded entrepreneur. 

On today’s episode: 
  • How vacations fuel creativity in entrepreneurs. - 0:49
  • How where you live impacts how often you need to recharge. - 03:15
  • Is there really a work-life balance when you are an entrepreneur? - 05:04
  • A.J.’s next vacation goal. - 06:44
  • Why you should actively appreciate where you currently live. - 07:19
  • How hotels can go the extra mile to make you special and valued. - 10:54
  • One of the most underused tools that can dramatically increase productivity. - 14:23
  • How talking to strangers changes you and how it can help you in business. - 15:48
  • Why you SHOULD talk about your vacations with your clients. - 18:52
  • What is the bartender’s choice (and A.J.’s awesome drinking experience in NYC)? - 21:22   

Key Takeaways: 
  • Where you live determines how much time you actually need off work. Some places are much more stressful than others. 
  • If you don’t spend at least a whole week in a place while traveling, you don’t fully get the feel of the place. 
  • Sometimes, we don’t fully explore and appreciate the places where we live. Being a tourist in your own city can be a rewarding experience. 
  • It is extremely important to take time off work. If you are overworked, you will not be able to produce your best work. 
  • Employers that do not give their staff time off can alienate them and make them feel undervalued. 

Do entrepreneurs really have a work-life balance?

[05:04] “We jokingly said, being an entrepreneur, there is no real-life balance. It’s just making sure you find things that are the appropriate mix so that you’re doing the things you like.”

Are you able to fully disconnect from work while on vacation? Tell us in the comments, and don’t forget to say hello if you would like to share your entrepreneurship story on our podcast. 

Bar mentioned in the episode: https://www.barelydisfigured.com/ 

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What is Beyond 8 Figures?

Starting a business is hard. Scaling a business is even harder. And, exiting a business is harder still. So, why do some companies struggle to reach six figures while others scale to 7, 8, or 9 figures while achieving lucrative exits for their founders? Join A.J. Lawrence, the journeyman entrepreneur, with several 7 figure exits but still trying to get past 8. He interviews successful entrepreneurs and brings on experts in the various tools or processes to accelerate your growth. In each episode, he’ll delve deep into entrepreneurial successes and failures, the realities of running a business, and the strategies to go down the road to eight-figures and beyond.