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3 Tips to Avoid Startup Burnout While Building a Business with Quentin Allums

Starting a business takes determination, motivation and sacrifice. Working towards your dream can seem tireless, and it can be easy to work yourself into fatigue. We asked the CEO of Urban Misfit Ventures how to combat burnout.

What Is Entrepreneurial Burnout?

Building your dreams takes tireless effort and perseverance. However, if you are not mindful of your emotional, mental and physical well-being, it can lead to extreme exhaustion caused by prolonged stress. Without giving yourself the proper tools to combat burnout, you could potentially lose the drive and motivation to continue on your dream pursuit.

Quentin Allums, or just Q, knows all about the risk of burnout when bringing your dreams to life. He is a TEDx speaker, social media influencer and entrepreneur. To say just Q is busy is an understatement, but he also understands the importance of prioritizing his well-being to keep himself going.

Watch this video where just Q shared with us 3 tips to avoid burnout while building a business.


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    QUENTIN ALLUMS: Hey, I'm Just Q. Today, I'm going to be talking about how to avoid burnout while building a business.

    On screen: HOW TO AVOID BURNOUT WHILE BULDING A BUSINESS

    On screen: QUENTIN ALLUMS, Chief Executive Officer, Urban Misfit Adventures

    QUENTIN ALLUMS: My name is Quentin Allums, I also go by Q, I also go by Just Q, I’m the CEO of Urban Misfit Adventures. Essentially what we do is tell stories for a living. Then I also travel the world. I speak. I have a dog that I’m absolutely obsessed with. I love video games, I love eSports, things like that — but today I really want to talk about burnout.

    QUENTIN ALLUMS: So, in 2018 I remember I was at BitCon, which is the world’s largest video conference. And I was speaking out there and I met a guy by the name of Willie Morris. He sat me down and he was like, Q — you’ve got a lot going on. You’re building a business — there’s a lot that goes into that. What I need you to remember is identify the things that fill up your cup before you need those things.

    On screen: #1 IDENTIFY WHAT FILLS UP YOUR CUP

    QUENTIN ALLUMS: So, for me, that was video games, that was running, that was working out, reading, things like that, but they were going to make me feel better. So taking care of myself before I actually needed to take care of myself. So, for you, I would say identify those things are going to help you fill up your cup before you actually need to be taking care of yourself.

    On screen: #2 KEEP YOUR HEALTH TOP OF MIND

    QUENTIN ALLUMS: So, second thing I would say is keep your health top of mind. I was a collegiate athlete and when I started my first business, I just forgot about taking care of myself. So I’d say some of the things that have specifically helped me is making sure I am eating right, making sure I am working out — I’m moving my body — in whatever way works for you.

    QUENTIN ALLUMS: You know that could be a walk during lunchtime, that could be a run at night. And lastly, I would say meditation has helped me tremendously. So just make sure that you are keeping your health top of mind.

    On screen: #3 IDENTIFY PEOPLE THAT KEEP YOUR CUP FILLED UP

    QUENTIN ALLUMS: And lastly, I would say identify people that are going to help keep your cup filled. So I would say most people — especially entrepreneurs — the surround themselves with people that they love. I would say something that a lot of people can benefit from is also surrounding themselves with people that love them. That’s just a common theme that I see across all entrepreneurs. It’s very lonely, it often feels like you’re building this thing alone.

    QUENTIN ALLUMS: Even if you do have a team, even if you do have employees. So, I would say make a list of people that you’re like hey, if something goes wrong, if I’m not feeling it — or if I feel burned out — I can go to those people and they’re going to be there for me.

    On screen: HOW TO AVOID BURNOUT WHILE BUILDING YOUR BUSINESS

    • IDENTIFY WHAT FILLS YOUR CUP
    • KEEP YOUR HEALTH TOP OF MIND
    • IDENTIFY PEOPLE THAT KEEP YOUR CUP FILLED UP

    QUENTIN ALLUMS: So, those are just some tips to avoid burnout while building a business. I want you to find what works for you so that you can be successful while building your business and avoid burnout.

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How Can Entrepreneurs Prevent Burnout?

    1. Identify What Fills Up Your Cup

    Do what makes you happy. Be proactive about taking care of yourself to avoid feeling depleted. Take a break, and escape adulthood from time to time.

    2. Keep Your Health Top of Mind

    Your wellness matters; maintain healthy habits, even when it feels like you don’t have time. Eating healthy, staying active and taking moments to be mindful through meditation can keep you refreshed and motivated.

    3. Identify People that Will Keep Your Cup Filled

    Make a list of people in your support system to reach out to when you start to feel burnout.

Your passions matter, and you should dedicate your time and energy towards bringing your dream to fruition. However, your dreams will suffer if you do not take care of yourself first. Remember to maintain a work-life balance to keep yourself afloat.

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Ready to become an entrepreneur yourself? You can dream fearlessly too. At American Family Insurance, we’re here to help you reach any goal you set your mind too. Check out more articles on how to support your dreams.


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