5 Secrets To Growing Your Business

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Yesterday my best friend, Marcia, gave me a shock.

We were chatting about work and out of the blue Marcia said she has “never worked a day in her life.” Now, if you knew my friend Marcia you would laugh and say to her, “Don’t be ridiculous, you are always working”.

Hard Work Never Killed Anyone

Marcia is one of the most hardworking and dedicated entrepreneurs I know. In fact, her work ethic and ability to maintain and grow a successful business is the inspiration behind today’s post.

Marcia is one of those types for whom, work is play. From a young age Marcia knew she wanted to be her own boss and work for herself. Over the years, my friend applied herself, did the appropriate apprenticeships, swept the floors, made the bosses coffee, did as her mentors suggested, found her niche and slowly worked her way up the ranks of her profession to enjoy the tangible signs of success and favourable reputation she now has.

As you know, over here at The Next Goal we aim to inspire and share what we know to support and encourage you to reach “your next goal”. If you are like me and keen to grow and expand your business I am sure you will enjoy hearing the five habits my friend has cultivated over the years which helps her enjoy the success she has “without working a day in her life”.

Marcia’s 5 Secrets To Business Success

Secret #1 Choose a career so that when you reach home it feels like you have been playing all day.

As you know, it is easy to fall into any ole career and do something which is convenient, pays the bills or meets your family’s or community’s expectations. This is fine, yet the more I interact with Marcia and other entrepreneurs the more I notice just how much fun and enjoyment they get from work. Each day is a pleasure. And I’ve noticed since being self-employed first as a yoga teacher and know a blogger how much I too enjoy and look forward to playing all day at work.

Secret #2: Organise your life so there is time for work, rest and play.

As a Yoga Teacher, I fully support this. Time and time again my yoga students share how stressful and exhausted they are. The pace of life and challenge of balancing work commitments with family duties and social ties leave little time for rest and play. Many of my students come to yoga as a way of redressing the negative effects of stress in their lives. Nearly everyone is aware of the need to eat healthier, to exercise, get enough sleep and take regular breaks yet everyone struggles to live the healthy lifestyle they desire. Finding simple effective ways to work rest and play is essential for your emotional and physical well being.

Secret #3: Apply strict rules to your life and stick to them.

This is an interesting tip. One of the things I noticed about my friend is her ability to focus and complete multiple business and personal tasks each day. Marcia says when you are clear of your personal values, ethics and business goals, it is easier to set boundaries around the different segments of your day. I believe you need to build in an element of flexibility and be spontaneous with your time, especially if you have children or care for elderly parents, yet working within a tight framework helps you structure your day and make effective use of your time.

Secret #4: Always have targets- don’t just work without a goal to aim at.

This is a pertinent habit to develop for everyone and not just business owners. Knowing where you want to go, working out a plan on how you can get there makes the journey easier to navigate. Life happens to us all, yet once you have an idea of what direction you wish to travel in, it becomes easier for you to say no to people and situations which do not support your overall desire or vision.

Secret #5: Eat well and keep your body healthy.

As we say in yoga, your health is your wealth. Without good health and vitality it is difficult to cope with the complex demands on your time. Making the effort to eat well and eat foods which strengthen and nurture your body is vital to help you stay energised and cheerful. Regular exercise, good sleep habits, time alone in prayer and meditation, and scheduled time to rest and relax all contribute to you having the energy to build and grow a viable business.

Final Thoughts

This blog post was inspired by my hard working friend who said she has never worked a day in her life! Well, when I look at how dedicated and committed Marcia is I had to find out more. What do you think of her secrets to success – Eat well and keep your body healthy, have targets and work towards them, stick to the rules you set, organise your life so you have time to work, rest and play and finally chose a career which makes you laugh and you enjoy doing. Do they resonate with you?

Your Thoughts?

Looking at your life and lives of your friends and mentors, what other tips to success would you offer? I’d love to hear what works for you. Feel free to share your comments in the comment box below.

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About Ntathu Allen

Yoga Teacher, Blogger and mum to three bubbly teens, I aspire to support, educate and encourage busy mums and working women to weave moments of calm into their hectic schedule.

About Ntathu Allen

Yoga Teacher, Blogger and mum to three bubbly teens, I aspire to support, educate and encourage busy mums and working women to weave moments of calm into their hectic schedule.


  1. These are all great tips. I’m working hard now because I want to have more free time in the future. Plus, once you get the ball rolling, it’s easier to outsource stuff and live the 4 hour workweek! Great tips.
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  2. My office, my home, and my sons school is all within a 1/2 mile. I hardly spend any time in the car. It provides such a positive effect on my quality of like.
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  3. Hey Ntathu,

    Thanks foe sharing these secrets to grow your business. These tips are really inspiring and motivational for all the people who want to grow their business and want to see a good reputation of their business in near future. Business growth also depends on your business and office security.

  4. There is no replacement for hard work. What you sow is what you reap. What do you say?
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  5. totally agree life without goal is nothing very one should make goal in their life because it make life meaning full.
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  6. Hi, Thanks for these really effective tips. I am currently struggling to get myself going to achieve my goals.
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  7. Hard work and dedication. Those are the first things you need to harness.
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  8. Great post ntathu, its a best article about learn how to grow your business, thanks for share this.
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  9. I love how you said to always work with targets. If people didn’t have a target, when would it get done… In a week or in 10 years?

  10. This just made me want to set some goals for myself and achieve them 🙂

    • Same here; I actually downloaded a calander software to organise myself better. I tend to get stuck in a rut, but now I have clear goals to reach every week and it helps motivation for sure.

  11. I really needed to see this today. I have been too stressed because of not prioritizing and setting boundaries and you can just go and go and go until you are worn out 🙂 I love the tips here and will be implementing them. Thanks for a very informative and inspiring article that can help me achieve more with less wear and tear.
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    • Totally agree, you can suffer burn out if you over-do it; slow and steady and patience are keys alongside hard work. Not to panic and work too much is a plus point to have.

  12. Hello Ntathu Allen
    Good Day!

    First of all. i would like to say Congratulations to your friend Marcia, for all the success that she had. And being successful in your chosen career the number secret on that is Hard work,and motivation, because without that 2. maybe the business that you’ve work for may disappear. and to this Blog thank you for sharing this to us.

  13. Great list and Secret #1 Choose a career so that when you reach home it feels like you have been playing all day is really important especially for young people who are choosing a carreer.
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    • Finding the time is always the issue with a career, but I find even 5 minutes in a day is enough to help me improve little by little a five minute run, 5 mins to clear my head with a walk etc. So it can be done even if you are very busy.

  14. Hey Ntathu,
    Your 5 secrets are quite impressive and one implementing on these secrets will definitely grow his/her business. I think if someone focus on time allocation and the spirit of achieving goals then one can definitely get success. I would like to appreciate your post and your way of explaining.

    Keep sharing….!

  15. The sixth tip should be: cross your finger and wait for a lucky period! That’s all 🙂

    • Certainly when it comes to online sites and ranking in search engines, you can do the same thing for 2 sites, and get totally different results; with millions of sites luck definitely plays a part in online business.

  16. Great post! It’s true if you love what you do you don’t feel like you do any work at all because it all feels like you are playing and having fun 🙂 It’s a great way to look at it.
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  17. I like your point about- choose a career & come home to realize that you were playing all day… If everyone starts following this, the world will be a better place because of satisfied humans and most importantly satisfied bosses.
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  18. My life has started after lost 10 years of IT consulting.
    today i work for me, my house, when i want.
    Secret: work for you, dont mater where you are.
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  19. wow very nice post keep it up very helpful as well..
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  20. simple and to the point nice list to keep people focused and successful

    #5 eat healthy and keep in good shape so ofter overlooked but so incredibly important
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  21. Thanks for this useful and inspiring post!
    #1 I think its the most important and not only for hapiness but also for success. Successful businessmen are those who like their job and have passion with its subject.

  22. Thanks Aditya, am glad you found the post useful aide in growing your business. take care and thanks for sharing your thoughts.

  23. If there is dream in your life surely you will have an aim or goal,if there is goal then you will have a desire and if you have desire then you will think about it day or night,it will be your life and entertainment.There is no work pressure in it,if you do some thing other than that then that will be work pressure for you……….

    well a nice article seems this is not your friends life it is yours…………..

    • Dreams, aspirations, desires and following your heart’s passion definitely make work seem like play. Marcia is one of my role models so I aspire to follow her ideals for growth. Thanks for sharing your thoughts. Have a happy day.

  24. I have read your post.It’s Very useful for this secrets in growing business.Thanks for sharing such as post of information

  25. i like the#2. hard working, but we also have some time to relax. That help us refeshing my brain 🙂

    • Hello Truong, nice to hear from you. Yep rest and proper relaxation are vital components in building a successful business..whats your fav form of relaxation? Thanks for passing by and sharing your thoughts.

  26. I think these are the best secrets if you want to grow your business. You need to work hard on these and you are on top of the world for sure. Thanks for sharing.

    • Thanks Maria, glad you found the post useful and yes, working smart as well as consistent action helps to keep us on top of things. thanks for passing by.

  27. You have made some very nice points here in your post and I appreciate the the effort you have put into your writing. Also, just want to add some basic secrets.. if you want a success in your business, you have to motivate and help your self. If you heard a get rich quickly scheme, probably it’s a scam. Getting on top of your business needs motivation and dedication..
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    • Thanks Rusty, definitely agree re be able to motivate yourself and helping yourself first. Solid principles like dedication, motivation, committment, focus..all needed for success. Thanks for sharing.

  28. Very nice article and nice points about growing an business. For many people sounds hard these things, but in the end all of these are made by human, and everytihng what we need is to think clever and work. ALL what life can offer, we can have, if we know our target in this life. No target, no food:)….

    Kind Regards

  29. Really great secret shared by you. Too many people hate their job and never grow out of it. if you love your job you will excel in it and hopefully rise of it someday.

  30. Hey! very nice article and agree with your secret #4. Your blog is also very informative.

  31. supper tips your tips are so beneficial to me . thanks you for your post.
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  32. Informative and practical post, Ntathu. In my experience what I’ve found is that a lot of people want success and they know what to do to achieve it, but they never take action. No action no success.
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  33. Laziness is a killer of your success. But don’t forget that there must be a balance betwwen work and rest in your life. And you need to listen to your body.
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  34. Super cool tips Ntathu – I always say to people I retired at 22 – but in reality I keep working — but I did in fact retire — since I was 22 I have not done a days work that I have not enjoyed – and I have washed dishes, cleaned floors, created companies and everything in between — so great article — reminds us all to HAVE MORE FUN! 🙂
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  35. The most important tips: eat well. Then I shouldn’t complain of being fat.

  36. Perfect idea for growing business. I want to apply this idea to my own business. Thank you for sharing those valuable idea with us.
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  37. Its really inspiring article, I have many problems in life, like I could not sleep early in the night and in the morning I get up late, then it effects hole life, could not able to eat on time and all work effects, even these day’s I don’t like to work, but while reading your blog, i will try to make my life manageable with time, thanks to you.


  38. In each sentence you said, there’s always a point and the best part is, this is for business matters. The picture determines what you want to say to us. Again, relationships between you and the customer or a client will be a big addition to your company because trust is what your building for. But must say networking is important in developing a professional image.

  39. Business…good business always starts with a solid business plan..from that you work hard and take care of it and it will be successful

  40. for me its hard work,discipline and not be afraid to make a mistake is what works for me in terms of business

    • That’s a great response…not be afraid of making a mistake. It is so easy to allow our fears rule the game and not yeah, thats great..making mistakes and learning from them. Thanks for sharing.

  41. Very Intriguing and Inspiring! Well, it takes more than inspiration to kick your ass and work hard but I could use some more stuff like this one! You made my day!!!

  42. The guide and instructions that you have shown and discussed here is very useful and I find it to be very helpful and relevant. I hope many will be able to receive great benefits from this information that you have shown here.

  43. I always try to eat well and stay healthy. This is my number one focus right now and it’s having a positive impact on my work life as well. Thanks.

    • Gareth that is sooo good to hear. Self-care and what we eat is essential to our well-being. I like the idea you are focusing specifically on that area of your life..vital. What techniques are you using to keep healthy.

  44. I like secret no. 2 simply because I can testify to it. It’s feels awesome to treat yourself once in a while for whole body massage or a trip to the spa after a month long of hard work, stress and business meetings.

    • Self care and taking time out to rest nurture and nourish is vital. As we write, my dear friend is taking time out travelling and resting. All part of the equation. Thanks for passing by. Hugs

  45. One word to say awesome article and great jobs. Your point#1 is really interesting chose Choose a career so that when you reach home it feels like you have been playing all day it’s really inspiring me a lot.

    • Thanks John, yes it is surprising just how many of us love the idea of “playing all day at work”…letsgo for it. take care and thanks for passing by.

  46. Great attitude to work, my family always instilled a good work ethic in us and I have always been grateful.

    • Family values are so important in steering us in the ways of the world. Am glad you found this post and info affirming. Take care and thanks for reading and sharing.

  47. Cristina says:

    This post reminded me of Confucius’ words “Choose a job you love, and you will never have to work a day in your life.”

    I hope that more people will be able to do this; I guess there will be less work-related stress if this will happen.
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  48. Ashleen Moreen says:

    Wonderful secrets. Very impressive information and I learn a lot of things! I am most like the “Secret #1 Choose a career so that when you reach home it feels like you have been playing all day.” This one I really want to have because from this attitude there is no room for stress and it is always fun even if you are from work.
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  49. Always setting targets to do something is the best way to set all the other tasks to achieve your target. You can set your plan according to that also and achieve the best position for your business.
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  50. useful blog post, i am also familiar with time management stucks,

  51. jennifer says:

    I love secrets, especially that it can help to manage my stuff effective and expand at the unexpected moments… Great post, thanks for sharing….
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  52. Great post, it was truly inspiring post that can bring such help to build up the best among better things…
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  53. A very nice post. By practicing everything that you have shared in the article, one could never go wrong in his business.
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  54. Good practical tips 🙂 Indeed, a proper balance in health, work, and recreation is more important than most entrepreneurs realise. And they say “I haven’t gone time!” but heck, they’re just too hesitant to get a paper and start organizing!
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  55. Sweet. Thanks for the tips. I took some mental notes 🙂

    Thanks for being an inspiration,
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  56. lol! Thanks, we place a lot of importance in eating and sometimes I know I forget to eat/can’t be bothered to eat healthily, but when I do, I feel so energised and magnetic.

  57. The #1 and #2 is the best secrets i think… enjoying your career and business is like playing your hobby…
    also you must have a balanced life between job/business, rest, play, and family..
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  58. I am struggling in my time management. I guess I have a lot of work in organizing my lifestyle.
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  59. Ntathu,

    Very good stuff. I really like #2… Organize your life so that you can maximize your time with family and friends. That makes the time spent working feel prosperous and energizing.


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  60. i like secret #5. u can’t underestimate the importance of a good meal. you can only value it when you been off good food like 1 month. oh my goodness!!!! such an experience would be invaluable!

  61. Maggie says:

    “Organise your life so there is time for work, rest and play.” For me, this should always be consider by anyone who wants to start a business. Nothing leads faster to a very bad burnout that having no time for leisure.
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  62. This is really inspiring. Thank you for sharing this! I think that these secrets are not only applicable to growing your business but in improving your life too.
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  63. I’ll go for number four. Always set up your goals and prepare your most effective plan to reach them. Always think positive and go for challenges. The way we think of what our success is all about is what will materialize in the near future.

  64. I agree with tip number one. This will make life easier for us, if we love our work and we are not that stressed.
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  65. Hi ntathu allen,

    Ah! Great Tips..! “Eat well and keep your body healthy” tips catch my eye.. Its literally works awesome!!


  66. Really great secrets shared by you. Hope this will help me in my business.
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  67. Personally, I like secret 3. Because I pointed out that since I closed my timetable with certain banalities I have more a better view of what I must make. I also recommend you to prefer a life in family to look at television.

  68. Thanks for sharing me your 5 secret how to grow your business.
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  69. Great article, Ntathu. The story of Marcia is so inspiring. I agree that a good work ethic is foundational, but I especially like the idea of coming home and feeling like you “played” all day. Oh, how many jobs are NOT like that! Fortunately, for some of us who have been able to go the entrepreneurial way, we have had, at least, moments of that bliss, in “playing.” Hopefully, more than just a few moments 😉 -Deborah
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  70. Hard Work Never Killed Anyone – I really love this quotes, of course, to grow our business, we need to work, and to grow it faster, we much work better 🙂 it’s really a nice post
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    • Thanks Trung, glad you popped over and thanks for commenting. Yep hard work never killed anyone, that’s why its important we take care of our health and factor in rest and relaxation into our schedule, so we can continue to work at play!. take care
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  71. It is the starting of my business, and mostly I am spending my precious time on planning rather than doing something,, how can I remove my weakness.

    • Bless you Divyang, I am so glad to hear you are starting your own business. Congratulations. Planning is important and having a structure and framework will, in the long run, help to keep you focused. It does take courage to take the next step and actually start “doing” and implementing your plans. Can you share a little about your business ideas as sometimes it is useful to bounce ideas and action steps with someone not emotionally attached to your business? Is there a part of your business you feel comfortable with starting with? I remember when I first started, getting business cards printed…even although I hadnt started teaching gave me a boost to approach potential clients. So have a think about where you can start and let us know how you get on. Thanks and good luck.
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  72. It amazes me to see hardworking people do their jobs. Sometimes they seem effortless, at times they look very stressed – but there are two things constant: they work gracefully under pressure and they never give up. Your friend seem to love her work if she claims that “she has never worked in her life”. People like her are admirable.

  73. Having business success takes lots of hard work for sure. I think that persistent constant action towards your goals and objectives will help. It has helped me a lot.

  74. Very cool. I know many people who “live to work”. As long as you are working on something beneficial, it’s all good. Yep, you have to eat right and exercise indeed.

  75. Business is very important and we are all aware with it.. Actually, a lot of people would be interested to know how they can make their business a success..
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    • Thanks Mhikkai, yes business is very important and learning how to grow and maintain a successful business is a lifelong journey. We have to be open and flexible and take your time to see what works best for you and is in line with your personal values and ethics.
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  76. I love those tips that were shared in this post. I especially like the first one, since having love and passion for what you are doing makes you feel satisfied at the end of the day.
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  77. Those are all good tips for growing your business and living your life. A huge portion of our lives are dedicated to work, so why shouldn’t we enjoy what we do?
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  78. Thanks Allen for sharing such a great information. When doing business, we always run behind some or the other things to grow our business but your points seem to be very effective and helpful. I am happy that I came across this blog to learn something new and different to grow my business. 🙂
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  79. Great stuff Ntathu. I feel truly blessed to be able to do what I love every day. It really makes it seem like you aren’t “working” sometimes.
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  80. The ideas you’ve shared here are fantastic and no doubt so great and it may really improve the variety of individuals visiting your website.
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  81. Hi Ntathu,
    When we focus on a target then we strive for it and it is necessary to set a target and don’t just work without a goal to aim at. By setting targets we know where to say ‘yes’ and where to say ‘no’ also we gives our full dedication on a path with leads to our target.
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  82. Hi Ntathu,
    I cant change my schedule on daily basis but I am planning to take a week off from my work and go for outing where I could relax and enjoy my time.
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    • Wonderful Pete, even better, a planned break allows you to work at your own pace and do the necessary things you need to do to relax and enjoy your time. Have you any idea what you will be doing or not doing during your break. Enjoy it and let us know how you feel afterwards. Thank you
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  83. This is so true. Too many people hate their job and never grow out of it. If you love your job you will excel in it and hopefully rise out of it someday. Thank you for the great insights.
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    • Thanks Elena, yes being passionate about anything you do, especially your job makes it so much easier for you to excel and give your best. And the more we give our best, the more we want to grow and continue sharing. Thank you for sharing and growing. take care
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  84. I fully agree to #1 – having a career that you love is the key to a successful business.

    I know someone who is always looking forward to Monday – she loves weekends to rest and play, but she’s always excited to begin a new “work” week. I also sometimes can’t wait to have a new day to do new stuff. 🙂

    I just have to be careful and also do some breaks, because work seems sometimes so interesting that I almost work too much.
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    • That’s the magic of doing work you love when as you say “work seems so interesting that I almost work too much!”…Definitely agree with that, sounds like you have the ideal “play-job”. That buzz you get from looking forward to work makes life richer and when you have a break, it refreshes and refuels you even more. Thanks Peter for sharing your insights.
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  85. Hi Ntathu,
    I am not good in organising my day for work, rest and play. I do most of the time work and sometimes could take little rest.I feel satisfy when I work that is why I think that I cant give much time to play and rest but hopefully I will make my schedule for work,rest and play because everything should be balanced and essentail for growing the business.
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    • Thanks Pete, yes, it is difficult to get the balance right between work rest and play. As adults I think we forget how to play! and like you say the sense of satisfaction you feel from work is very fulfilling. I am wondering what do you think you can do slightly different to schedule in more moments of rest and play? I’d love to know.
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  86. Thoughtful words Holly and I definitely agree re showing appreciation for all workers. Not everyone wants the struggle, dedication and hard work that comes with being self-employed so I feel regardless of the job you do, try to find the joy and pleasure in it. Without key staff and front line staff/players in our lives, our world will be a harder place to live. The other day, I was upstairs and heard someone whistling and singing outside in the main road. Whoever it was sounded so cheerful I stopped what I was doing and peeped out. It was my local dustman, singing and whistling as he went about emptying the bins…that was an inspiration for me and I sat and watched him work–then a few days later Marcia spoke about her views on work and play and her expression reminded me of the singing dustman.

  87. I think #1 is something we should all strive for, where possible.But what about folks who do the very needed work in our society – the often thankless, low-paying (or not-so-low-paying, but “stuff I wouldn’t want to do if you paid me a king’s ransom”) kind of jobs? People who pump out septic tanks, for example, or teachers in inner city schools who, despite their passion for kids, must still deal with parents and administrative politics? What about those folks? If they up and left for jobs that felt like play, where would that leave us? Are they qualified for jobs that feel like play?

    Believe it or not, I don’t mean this to be a cynical question aimed at those dedicated folks who do those jobs we look on in some measure of horror, most of us. What I’d suggest is giving them a little more appreciation, so that their jobs can be fun and playful, too. Or at least something they can look forward to doing, each day, with pride and the certainty that the rest of us know and are grateful for what they do for us.
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