When to turn down more money
SEE ALSO :The unusual hustlers' denSome time in 2015, I fainted in one of my River Road offices. And when I say one of my offices, it means I had achieved what many entrepreneurs dream of in their 20s: I had multiple offices, staff on salary and I was a Chinese economy. Moving too fast However, many of my colleagues were worried that I was a workaholic, but I felt that that’s what gave me my drive. Additionally, my business vision was still at the conception stage, so I thought my hours were justified. However, I moved too fast and needed a break. In fact, it was the first thing the doctor said after I was taken to hospital – I needed to take a break, I needed rest.
SEE ALSO :Is blue light killing your productivity?Trying to balance my music and my business was overwhelming. But the doctor wasn’t listening to any excuses. “Respect your body,” he told me. As entrepreneurs stuck in the grind of making our businesses work out, we often forget that we need a break. However, when the mind and body are well rested, then you’re bound to register better performance, and in turn, get better results. Anyway, I took a week off to laze around, which rejuvenated me. After that ordeal, I changed my lifestyle and working patterns. Let me walk you through what I do. I have a weekly newspaper column, I sit in board meetings for Kaka Empire twice a week, I run side businesses, I write concepts and scripts for companies and products, I pitch ideas to companies, I design and countercheck progress with Kaka Klothing, I travel out of Nairobi for music gigs, I distribute sanitary towels through my sanitary bank campaign, I have an acting role in the drama series Vioja Mahakamani, I’m a judge on the Blaze BYOB TV show, I mentor students at Zetech University where I used to lecture, I have studio time to record new music, I shoot music videos, and I spend quality time with my family and friends. Most people ask me how I manage all these commitments. It’s simple, really: plan, but most importantly, rest.
SEE ALSO :How we won Sh500,000 seed fundOne of the advantages I have, and that all entrepreneurs share, is that we can take breaks when we decide to. Life-changing move Since I made this timetable. I’ve managed to achieve a lot with great efficiency. Remember that the lesson isn’t in doing a lot at one go, but in biting off only what you can chew. That timetable changed my life, but as the saying goes, all work without play makes King a dull boy. So despite my busy schedule, I make sure I’m having fun. I’ve been able to travel to countries that I’d previously only heard about at the World Cup. I’ve travelled to France for the food, Jamaica for the culture, Seychelles for the beach, South Africa for the history, the US for California’s hip hop scene, and many more places. I’m planning to travel to 90 more countries. The good thing with all the travel companies we have in the market is that competition has forced them to come up with easier ways to pay for travel. There are instalment packages and timed payments, so there’s really no excuse to not reward yourself for your hard work. Laugh, love, make money, travel and enjoy yourself while at it. The writer is an award-winning artiste and entrepreneur.