Watch These 3 Videos, Then Take the Weekend Off

July 26, 2013

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Is working 24/7 key to becoming a successful entrepreneur?

Not if you listen to the folks below. Entrepreneurs like Matt Galligan and Dina Kaplan have discovered the great danger that is the burnout, and they don’t want themselves – or their teams – to succumb to it.

What do you plan to do this weekend? If you check out these three videos, you’ll get some great startup advice plus the encouragement to take time to relax.

Matt Galligan: “Weekends Are Off-Limits”

The Circa cofounder talks about accepting failure and why weekends are off-limits – namely, “[Startups are] a serious recipe for burning out.” On the weekend, Galligan himself enjoys beer brewing.

Dina Kaplan of Blip.tv: Take Time Off

The cofounder of Blip urges entrepreneurs to keep making decisions, not overthink, and take time to relax. “We’re in for the marathon, not the sprint,” she says.

DFJ Mercury’s Aziz Gilani: Be Lazy

Gilani’s life philosophy centers around doing what’s easy – and he thinks startups should, too. Startups with some unfair advantage are the ones that tend to do well; watch the video to find out examples. If you can identify your unfair advantage, maybe you can breathe a little easier and take the weekend off.

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Kira M. Newman is a Tech Cocktail writer interested in the harsh reality of entrepreneurship, work-life balance, and psychology. She is the founder of The Year of Happy and has been traveling around the world interviewing entrepreneurs in Asia, Europe, and North America since 2011. Follow her @kiramnewman or contact kira@tech.co.

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