Workaholics and Stressheads

Posted on Sunday, 13 May

I can forgive my best friend for missing our weekly Skype session because she’s resting up. I mean, for the 5 years I’ve known and love her, there was not a day where she wasn’t taking care of something, putting an impossible project together, and/or stressing out about what needs to be done and creating mental lists.

I can forgive being ditched one week, actually, if you’re going to rest up, I encourage it.  

What I can’t let slide, however, is the personality traits of a workaholic/stresshead. The girl’s got a fever of 90F, is passing out every 30 minutes or so, waking up just to say “I have work to do- I can’t let them down.”

Because, really, people would rather you were dead than got some work done in the middle of the night, right?

There is always one more email to read, one more phone call to make, one more critically important trip to the office that can’t wait until Monday.

Key signs of workaholism are:

I learned a long time ago that the problems that pop up when you’re away from the office will still be there when you get back, what happens in the office stays in the office, and a stresshead is not every CEO’s dream.

An employee who comes in early, stays late, doesn’t take vacations, and takes on mountains of work may seem like the ideal individual, but those very qualities may make the workaholic a poor candidate for employee of the month; they often have more work than they can handle effectively, don’t delegate, aren’t team players, and are often more disorganized than their less compulsive colleagues. 

Take my word for it. 

Besides the noble art of getting things done, there is the noble art of leaving things undone. The wisdom of life consists in the elimination of nonessentials.

Posted on Saturday, 12 May

Lin Yutang

Posted on Saturday, 12 May

The Difference Between an #Entrepreneur & #Intrapreneur

Posted on Monday, 7 May

Most people, sadly, don’t know the difference between an entrepreneur and intrapreneur (if they know the meaning of the latter at all, that is.) 

Sadly, even some entrepreneurs don’t know what an intrapreneur is, or why they would need one. The worst part is, I can feel my blood boil when someone -usually an investor, or potential investor- blurts out in the middle of a meeting “Why are you saying ‘entrepreneur’ twice?”


Entrepreneur:  “An entrepreneur is an individual who accepts financial risks and undertakes new financial ventures. The word derives from the French “entre” (to enter) and “prendre” (to take), and in a general sense applies to any person starting a new project or trying a new opportunity.” (Source: wiseGEEK)

Intrapreneur: “Coined in the 1980s by management consultant Gifford Pinchot, intrapreneurs are used by companies that are in great need of new, innovative ideas. Today, instead of waiting until the company is in a bind, most companies try to create an environment where employees are free to explore ideas. If the idea looks profitable, the person behind it is given an opportunity to become an intrapreneur.” (Source: Investopedia)

‘Intrapreneurs’ hold many similar characteristics to ‘Entrepreneurs’ any may well leave their jobs to pursue a career as an entrepreneur. Companies seek out intrapreneurs to effect change within their organisations. 

Get it? Got it? Good.  

I’ve asked my lovely intrapreneur friend, and ambassador of awesomeness, to make an infographic for this when she has the time. I’ll keep you posted. 

Oops. I did it again.

Posted on Monday, 7 May

I promised myself, and you, that I would be blogging in a semi-regular fashion. I started this blog and got caught in wrapping up some financial work with soon-to-be-ex-clients (Yes, I’m leaving PwC after 2 years).

Hopefully I’ll be back on the blogwagon on a daily basis (the name of the blog is called  ”My Daily Lesson”, right?) around the time I finish all the financials.

As it so happens, startups are exhausting. So is working with them and helping them grow. If you’re not caught up in their fast-paced world, then that’s a general indication that you are not doing a good job of working with them. 

Regardless, I’ll do my best to keep on sharing all the lessons I learn everyday. 

April 27, 2012

Posted on Friday, 27 April

When you are three months along, sleeplessness is unbearable. Night time mood swings are unbearable. I, as a person, am unbearable. I’m so lucky to have the most understanding husband in the world. Really, if I were him, I would want to take a swing at me. 

April 26, 2012

Posted on Wednesday, 25 April

I now have enough experience with startups to be able to say what the most important quality is in a startup founder, and it’s not what you might think.

The most important quality in a startup founder is determination- not intelligence. Determination.

I regularly meet with one of my clients more than the other, although he is probably the most intelligent man I have ever met (with an insanely high IQ, and know-how of almost anything and everything you can think of),  I have to meet with him more often than the others. 

The 31 year-old man complains he doesn’t have time for anything, which is extremely untrue. He just gets off track way too easily, and it took me a while to figure out why. And for a man with his intelligence, you would think he’d realize what his problem was.

I have four other clients that are doing extremely well. Extremely. They are all 28-30 years old, married, and some of them even have kids. And yet, they all have the time to take care of the A-Z of their businesses, take care and spend time with their significant others, and make sure their success flows through every aspect of their life, not just their startups. 

Commitment is a self-fulfilling prophecy. The 31 year old complains he has to do everything himself, but in reality he isn’t. He simply is not determined enough to commit to anything, and I’m not just talking about his startup. 

April 22, 2012

Posted on Sunday, 22 April

It’s not how good you are, it’s how good you want to be. Variation of “People are only as good as they want to be.”

April 21, 2012

Posted on Saturday, 21 April

When you’re a working, constantly traveling mom to a two year old - and three months along with a second baby - you start to question your priorities.

Of course, family is always the most important thing. No question. I meant priorities when it comes to time. 

Startup life is hard, and I’ve made a life out of helping startups ‘kickstart’, but I spend too much time away from my kid. 

Right now, his world is the only one I should be helping build. 

It doesn’t matter that my cousin has dated his girlfriend for three years or that she’s been a part of our family forever or that I have seen this wedding coming for a long time: I’m still going to cry at their wedding! Congratulations Youssef & Hana!

Posted on Friday, 20 April

April 20, 2012