Do You Work Too Hard?

A few year's ago I read this poem or business anecdote from Steve Pavlina

Here lies John, who passed away

While answering his email one day.

No friend, no child, no loving mate

Could keep poor John from working late.

With each new mail, he worked like hell

To click ”reply” instead of “del.”

A prompt response he’d always give

But somehow he forgot to live.

This weekend reflect on this…

…producing stunning work needs you to be at your best

…being a great leader needs you to have a clear mind

….being an outstanding manager needs you to have great energy

…to be a successful entrepreneur needs you to look after yourself first, so you can look after the business.

Working hard is not the same as working smart. Working hard is not the same as working at your optimum, no…

To be successful, you need to live…why? because that is what your customer's are doing and you need to understand business from their perspective.


Anna has spent over 20 years as a Board Director at several global brands. She now runs her own company The Engaging Brand which supports business leaders who want to transition to the new social business model. She is also a speaker, writer and radio show presenter on social business, indeed her podcast The Engaging Brand has been nominated 6 years running as Best Business Podcast at the Podcast Awards. She brings an unusual mix of experience to business - she has a 1st Class Law Degree, MBA in marketing and is a qualified Chartered Accountant. This unusual mix means not just explaining the why of being social but how to turn social into a measurable business tactic to grow your bottom line. Her blog is recognised as one of the leading UK marketing blogs.

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