Welcome to my “Meet The Entrepreneur” Interview Series, where I interview impactful leaders and ask them to share tips and techniques that have benefited them, both in their personal and professional lives.
What is your favorite productivity tip?
I’ve written a whole article about this. My favorite productivity tip is sleeping enough and exercising. This may be counterintuitive, but I work much more efficiently when I sleep enough, and I feel well. To me, this means having done my priorities in a day, such as sleeping at least 7 hours, going to the gym, or running and reserving some time for my loved ones. Then, I can enter into a deep working session for a few hours and feel good about it.
How do you deal with stress and anxiety?
I save enough time daily to do the things I love and get off work. That’s pretty much it. When I feel too anxious about something, I just go for a run and it usually helps a lot. Another good tip that works for me is to write everything down. I feel like as soon as you write an idea or something to do, you allow yourself to not think about it anymore and are able to free headspace.
Your tips for aspiring entrepreneurs?
Focus on what you love, and the rest will come. It’s as simple as that. If you love what you’re doing, you’ll work harder and better. Just be careful with “working harder,” and make sure to sleep at least 7 hours daily and take some time off before you need it. You’ll be on track for much longer and it will be worthwhile.
Who would you like to meet for lunch and why?
Of course, I love to eat! Seriously, I am always interested in getting to know someone and the person’s story. It is fascinating how we all come from different backgrounds, have different knowledge in our bags, and yet manage to all be unique and successful in our own way. I am persuaded there’s something to learn from everyone, without exception. And what can be better than learning something new, having fun, and eating, all at once!
What is your favorite book or movie recommendation?
Oh, that is a difficult question. I’ve read many books recently, and a lot of them shaped me into a better person. My go-to is “Why We Sleep” by Matthew Walker, but I have many more recommendations all saved in a folder. If anyone is interested, you can reach out and I’d be glad to discuss them with you.
What habit has contributed to your career?
This is very personal and I don’t think anyone should take this as a go-to. What worked for me is waking up early, getting a workout in and some cardio, working, and then stopping working after dinner UNLESS I REALLY feel like working and I am super motivated. If I don’t feel like it, I won’t work after dinner, so after 6 pm or so.
When you hear about other famous entrepreneurs, is there any entrepreneur who specifically caught your attention?
Well, Elon Musk definitely caught my attention, as for everyone. Though maybe not for the right reasons. Honestly, the most interesting entrepreneurial background I’ve seen is with Disney’s CEO Robert Iger. I recommend reading his book “The Ride of a Lifetime”.
Is there a specific business philosophy that has helped you?
Just focusing on the things you love doing is my mantra and what I will be applying throughout my life. I feel like most entrepreneurs follow this concept as well. Otherwise, they would aim for an easier job, but that’s one thing I feel like it is very important having only one life, with our work being such a big part of it.