March 25, 2016Lifestyle & mindset
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Top Entrepreneurs Share On How They Manage Stress

Jeff Bezos and Ariann Huffington found their ways to manage entrepreneurial stress

Writing a business plan for a startup, estimating building costs, budget planning, talking to influencers, conducting presentations for investors, constant involvement in iterative web development process, making hard decisions… No wonder every startup founder is put under a lot of pressure daily. Yet top entrepreneurs have found their ways to stay calm and in control at times of stress. Some of them are even sharing their secrets with others gladly. Here’s what they say.

Richard Branson
Richard Branson
Founder of Virgin Group

Ditch any guilt you might feel about stopping work, schedule some time in your planner and make this relaxation time a priority. I’ve found that it’s not a good idea to dive straight into work when you wake up, so I dedicate my mornings to exercise and family time. It helps me clear my mind and energises me for the day ahead.

Arianna Huffington
Arianna Huffington
President & Editor-in-Chief, Huffington Post Media Group

  • Digital Detox: Disconnect from technology and re-connect with yourself. Power down all devices at a specific time every day. Discontinue the practice of charging mobile devices beside your bed and checking emails every time you wake up.
  • Sleep & Meditation: Set a regular time to retire every night. Turn down the temperature to improve the quality of sleep. Take power naps. Re-introduce prayer and devotions or meditation into your life.
  • Forgiveness: Resentment saps energy while letting go of grudges is a gift we give to ourselves.
  • Mini-Life Audits: Be realistic. Identify the projects to which you can realistically commit. Drop everything else. “You can complete a project by dropping it.

Steve Jobs
Steve Jobs
Co-Founder, Chairman, and CEO of Apple Inc.
(1955-2011)

"Sometimes, to relieve stress, he would soak his feet in the toilet, a practice that was not as soothing for his colleagues.”
Allowed employees to take 30 minutes of work time each day to meditate, offered meditation and yoga classes, and set up a meditation room for workers to use.”

Marc Benioff
Marc Benioff
Founder, Chairman and CEO of Salesforce.com

I enjoy meditation, which I’ve been doing for over a decade — probably to help relieve the stress I was going through when I was working at Oracle (2005). Meditation is a major part of my life. It’s been that way for a couple of decades and that is something that I am in line with Steve Jobs on (2013).

Jack Dorsey
Jack Dorsey
Сo-Founder and CEO of Twitter, founder and CEO of Square

I think generally stress comes from things that are unexpected. The more you can set a cadence around what you do and the more ritual and the more consistency you can build in your schedule, the less stress you’re going to have. I’m up at 5, meditate for 30 minutes, 7 minute workout times 3, make coffee, check in...

Oprah Winfrey
Oprah Winfrey
Media Proprietor, Talk Show Host, Actress, and Producer

I close the door, wherever I am — at my old office in Chicago, I'd literally go in the closet — and just sit and breathe.

Jeff Bezos
Jeff Bezos
Founder, Chairman and CEO of Amazon.com

Stress primarily comes from not taking action over something that you can have some control over. So, if I find that some particular thing is causing me to have stress, that's a warning flag for me. What it means is there's something that I haven't completely identified perhaps in my conscious mind that is bothering me, and I haven't yet taken any action on it. I find as soon as I identify it, and make the first phone call, or send off the first e-mail message, or whatever it is that we're going to do to start to address that situation -- even if it's not solved -- the mere fact that we're addressing it dramatically reduces any stress that might come from it. So, stress comes from ignoring things that you shouldn't be ignoring, I think, in large part. So, stress doesn't come -- people get stress wrong all the time in my opinion. Stress doesn't come from hard work, for example. You know, you can be working incredibly hard and loving it, and, likewise, you can be out of work and incredibly stressed over that. And, likewise, if you use that as an analogy for what I was just talking about, if you're out of work but you're going through a disciplined approach, a series of job interviews and so on, and working to remedy that situation, you are going to be a lot less stressed than if you're just worrying about it and doing nothing.

Susan Wojcickis
Susan Wojcicki
CEO of YouTube

I think it’s really important to take time off, and I’ve also found that sometimes you get really good insights by taking time off.

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