How can you stay excited about work when you've been doing it year after year? These tips and stories from members of the Entrepreneurs' Organization (EO) will help you keep the passion alive at your company.
Take a Step Back
"Over these 14 years, when we sit stagnant, mired in tactical work and unable to see the next step forward, I tend to feel pressured to power through in search of a big breakthrough. But I've learned that the best solutions are usually nuanced, moving the needle 1 percent instead of 5 percent or 10 percent. And these are the types of improvements that are hard to imagine with your nose to the grindstone."
"So in order to get things moving forward again and reignite my passion for the business, I have to take a step back. Counterintuitive, I know. But if I'm able to push away from my desk and take the afternoon to reset with a bit of exercise or a hobby that requires a lot of my focus, my brain will serve up a batch of fresh 1 percent ideas that will get me out of my funk and excited to go back to work again."
Tim Hamilton--Founder and CEO, Astonish Design
Learn Something New
"I find that education is a great way to keep enthusiasm for work at peak levels. Learning new things gives you fresh ideas about ways your business can change and improve. I make a point to listen to business audiobooks every morning during my daily workout. I also encourage my employees to attend seminars, research new topics, and find other ways to constantly educate themselves."
"This has helped us to discover and develop new products and printing options, as well as procedures and strategies for better engaging with our clients. When your company is constantly evolving, it's difficult to stay bored."
Vladimir Gendelman--Founder and CEO, Company Folders
Find a New Pet Project
"Whenever I find myself in "a lackadaisical way," I work extra hard to find something that will light my fire--introducing a new service offering, landing a dream client, creating a digital product of our own. Then, I dive in headfirst to make it happen."
"My excitement for my 'fire-lighter' gets me as stoked as I was when I first started my company. And I share that excitement with my team. Suddenly, together, we're the antithesis of an old, withered company. We're a spry startup that's been around quite a bit longer than the other startups."
Michael Gellman--CEO, SpireMedia
Mix In Some Sociability
"We make 'fun' a routine. Each day starts with a song selected by a different department or staff member. All employees are part of a team that meets weekly to discuss successes and hurdles, something we learned from The Rockefeller Habits. We use Twitter, Yammer, Facebook, and other social networks to announce successes internally and externally, leading to a positive atmosphere that has become contagious."
Todd Murphy--Vice President, Universal Information Services
Reaffirm Your Goal
"In order to combat the entrepreneurial funk, I have made a conscious effort to outline and reiterate our vision, so that we are always motivated and excited about working towards a common goal. We created our company's "big hairy audacious goal," which is to be the Starbucks of the moving and hauling industry--i.e. a truck on every corner. We also developed our company's purpose, which is "to move the world" both literally and emotionally by becoming a launchpad of entrepreneurs and bringing back the American Dream to college students and their parents. Establishing these long-term visions, higher purposes, and goals has sparked a newfound excitement and passion in everyone involved."
Nick Friedman--President and Co-Founder, College Hunks Hauling Junk
Do you have advice for those who find that their excitement for business is stuck in a rut? Please share your tips and stories in the comments below!