Re-designing How We See Takes BALANCE
Over the past year I’ve had the privilege of working to change the eyewear industry with my startup Frameri: the first interchangeable Rx glasses and sunglasses company.
As we approach our Indiegogo (starting this Tuesday, Sept. 17th) we are already getting so much support from friends, family, and those who share the same frustrations of buying eyewear that we have. Thank you all so much for your kind words and encouraging emails (we need them)!
As any startup can attest, the first year is a VERY difficult time filled with rejection, long work schedules, and little or no pay. But it’s the passion to create something great that will actually make lives better that inspires many of us to take the plunge.
While every day is like a never-ending roller coaster, I can thankfully say we are starting to get into a groove. If I could share just one piece of advice for entrepreneurs their first year, it would be this: STAY BALANCED.
It’s so easy to get stuck behind your computer for 16 hours a day, forgetting to eat or eating unhealthy meals, blocking out the world to bring your vision into reality. But be CAUTIOUS because balance is the key to success. Get up early, workout, eat a good breakfast, work 8-12 hours, call your friends, call your family, go outside, have fun, and don’t let your product take over your life.
As someone who has been both the exact opposite of balanced and who is now slowly become much more balanced, I have found that everything gets easier and more focused with balance. In fact, I’ve actually gotten more work done, been less distracted, and been healthier physically, mentally, and emotionally by managing my life better. And sure it isn’t always easy to be balanced. It takes discipline. A lot of it. What worked for me was accepting that being disciplined is not easy. It takes courage. But becoming disciplined and balanced will help you out immensely in your entrepreneurial ventures. You’ll be happier, and you’ll really begin to put your heart into your work. I know it sounds crazy, but just try it.
That’s all I’ve got for today! Just a little motivational pep talk. Don’t forget that YOU CAN DO IT. And even if you fail, are you really failing or are you finding a way not to do something? Believe in yourself and as my favorite fish would say, “Just keep swimming!”