Are you in the process of building a successful company or reaching a personal goal?
If so, then these habits are from you; straight from millennial entrepreneur Nathan D. Harris. Harris serves as CEO and Founder of Ease, a platform project management platform that helps connect freelancers with paying gigs.
After years of working with startups, going through two Silicon Valley accelerators with my tech startup NomadApp.co, and now mentoring at Google Launchpad’s Manos Accelerator, I’ve had the opportunity to study the habits of top performers and successful entrepreneurs.
Harris has a lot in common with the best of them.
Here are some of the best habits that early stage entrepreneurs can implement in their journey, as shared by Harris.
1. Have a Morning Routine
Successful people start their day by stacking victories and build up momentum before working in their “genius zone”. Harris starts every day by listening to some of his favorite podcasts by GaryVee, Lewis Howes, or James Altucher. Uplifting content gets him into the right mindset for the day while going through a morning shower/breakfast/meditation routine.
2. Work on Your Body, Not Just Your Mind
Successful entrepreneurs know that business is a marathon- not a sprint. Keeping your mind and body fit are essential pillars of success. However, many of us justify ignoring our health in favor of performing well at work. Harris suggest we do it differently. While many high performers swear by working out first thing in the morning, he hits the gym right around noon, which gives him enough time in the morning to take care of the most important business matters. He is not alone in this habit. Productivity coach and writer Benjamin P. Hardy recently wrote about his newly adopted habit of working out shortly before noon instead of right in the morning. Execute at your own pace, but keep your body health top of mind.
3. Give Revenue the Priority it Deserves
How you prioritize your tasks is an excellent indicator of how well your business is doing. It’s intuitive: CEO’s that prioritize revenue-generating activities over operations-related activities make more money than those who do not. Yet, many entrepreneurs put sales off until it becomes inevitable. Harris spends the first hour of every day invoicing, prospecting, selling or working on other revenue-generating activities. As I always say, “Business is simple; you just have to make more money than you spend.”
4. Intimacy Matters
As a founder, you have to learn how to delegate activities in order to stretch to new opportunities. Harris is no different. At Ease, Slack and email messages abound, but Harris is biased towards being more personable— especially by sending video messages when possible. As a bonus side effect, this can save lots of time avoiding “perfection paralysis” before sending out an email. Harris explains, “I send video messages whenever I can instead of typing. It’s a lot faster to just record my thoughts than writing them, plus people get a lot more context around what is being said.” Additionally, this strategy has also been implemented in our social media efforts, showcasing the entrepreneurs behind the brand as often as possible.
5. Talk to Your Loved Ones
“I grew up with a single mom who gave everything for my brother and I to get to where we are in life. She is an incredibly hard worker and a true motivation for me. I learned a lot about loyalty from her and my brother. We are very close.”, Nathan D. Harris explains. Entrepreneurship is hard – don’t try to do it on your own. Seek help and support from loved ones. Neglecting relationships is a common trait among entrepreneurs. In the end, this just drains energy instead of carving out more work time.
Entrepreneurs, make time for your loved ones, it pays off.
Whether you’re 20 years or 20 minutes into your entrepreneurial journey, there is a lot to learn from the path and dedication of rising stars in the current startup ecosystem.