Here at Rebelhead Entrepreneurs our focus is on success and challenging conventional wisdom. We discuss and share Success Secrets in every single interview whilst unveiling the unwavering determination of the world’s most tenacious entrepreneurs, and we never shy away from damn hard work. To be an entrepreneur you have to have incredible strength. Physically? Perhaps. Mentally? Indefinitely.

Rebelhead’s very own Michael Serwa, London’s highest paid Life Coach, is very aware that many people are not quite ready for the ruthless drive required to succeed in today’s competitive climate. Not because they are incapable, but because your mental state needs to comprise of a very particular degree of fitness and health in order to succeed, just as an athlete’s body must comprise of a very particular level of physical optimisation to win a race. The great news is, this is something that can be worked on and trained just like any other muscle in your body and as entrepreneurs, we have a duty to complete training in this field. So, if you’re a member of the Rebelhead Entrepreneurs tribe, here are some valuable lessons we have picked up on through our interviews so far. Pay attention to the rules:

1)   Actively Unite

Surround yourself with those who have similar pressures and who understand both the highs and the lows of entrepreneurship. It’s a tough journey, and can put a massive strain on your mental well being (one of the many challenges). Those who don’t understand first hand just how tough it is to be an entrepreneur, can never quite appreciate the highs, lows and rollercoaster-like mental turmoil we go through. Mental health can be a sensitive subject to pop up in conversation, but if you put yourself in an environment where people openly and passionately talk about its significance, you will immediately feel at ease to speak openly. Last week I visited London’s up and coming hotel chain in Shoreditch: The Hoxton. The event? A beard shaving contest raising awareness of mental health with Mind. Go to events like this. Enjoy the mental health conversation in an upbeat atmosphere amongst like-minded people. Get out there and talk to entrepreneurs who understand what you’re going through.

2)   Know Your Limits

Culture is a powerful thing and it is inevitable as an entrepreneur to compete with the hardest working individuals. As Serwa points out in his interview, no one starts out with a 4-hour work week. That’s for when you hit a certain threshold. When you’re starting up, it’s tough. Despite learning multiple productivity hacks on a daily basis or being the King of time management, many entrepreneurs find themselves sleep deprived, on a poor diet, lacking in exercise or embodied as a new found social recluse; factors which all contribute towards poor mental health. Know your limits and don’t be afraid to say no. Only you can protect yourself and your performance. If you feel like you’re hitting rock bottom, take a break. You will be 100% more effective after taking a step back. Trust us, even Dominic Edmunds agrees taking a holiday can do you and your business the world of good.

3)   Practice Mental Healing

Guy Winch did a famous Ted Talk on ‘why we all need to practice emotional first aid’. He got it spot on. As children we are taught how to heal physically but not mentally. If you fall and cut your knee, you know to put a plaster on it, yet if your confidence gets knocked, how do you deal with that? The pressure to succeed can mean that people forget the importance of being aware of their mental state. Don’t let this be you. If you’re in an unfit mental state, you are no good for your business.

4)   Confide in Someone

More and more entrepreneurs are opening up about mental health issues. With a significant number of males heading for entrepreneurship is important to highlight that the highest cause of death amongst men under 40 is suicide. As Professor Green highlights in his documentary about his own Father’s suicide, a lot of the time it is easy to skirt around mental health issues, but unfortunately they can too easily become too much too fast. Whether it means confiding in a colleague, friend, partner or parent, ensure that you speak openly to someone. If you don’t feel comfortable opening up to those close to you, thankfully we live in a wonderful world of technology where platforms such as 7 cups allow you to confide in someone online. You’re an entrepreneur. We believe in you. We know you won’t beat around the bush. Put yourself out there. Be the best that you can be. Take the world by storm. We’ve got your back.

About The Author

Megan Hanney

Megan is a valued rebel contributor. Her mission is to show that anyone with grit and determination has limitless potential to get to where they want to be, regardless of circumstance. Megan thrives in the start-up ecosystem and embraced her entrepreneurial streak after launching WeWork's first two co-working spaces in London's tech city. She broke the company into the UK market and launched their second location at 100% capacity before opening; the first time this had ever happened in WeWork's global history.

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