If there’s one thing entrepreneurs are good at, it’s trying — and trying really, really hard. Entrepreneurs put in a huge amount of effort when their businesses are succeeding, and when they’re failing. It’s part of the entrepreneurship code — and one of the lessons we’re all taught as children. Nothing happens without hard work.
And in many scenarios, this is true. I’ve definitely seen the power of hard work during my travels across the country researching startup ecosystems. But there’s at least one area of life in which exceptional effort may actually be the problem, not the solution. And that area is, believe it or not, our own self-improvement. You can't be successful if you are stressed out all the time.