Lebo Poonyane and Nick Binnedel

Lebo Poonyane and Nick Binnedel
GIBS Full Time Entrepreneurship challenge winner
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Wednesday, January 12, 2011

Entrepreneurial Insomnia

Is insomnia a pre-requisite to Entrepreneurial success?

I frequently wonder about the number of hours of each day that truly successful business people dedicate to sleep? And how these hours correlate with their success as entrepreneurs?

A brief skim through a few autobiographies of some of the worlds most successful entrepreneurs shows that most of them value the quality of sleep, instead of the number of hours spent sleeping. Simply put, it is more important to have good quality sleep than it is to have many hours of sleep. For instance,Sir Richard Branson depends more on frequent, quality, one-to-two hour power naps than the traditionally purported eight hours of daily sleep concept.

There are some other factors which contribute to this quality sleep phenomena, such as a healthy diet and exercise, as well as putting in a decent days hard work (so as to tire out the body and thus enduce a deeper sleep episode).

So, i figure that it becomes intuitive that too many hours of sleep may actually be a deterrent to the scale of entrepreneurial achievement (including my own).
From this then, the choice i`ve made is to sleep well (quality) and sleep less (quantity) - with an average of 5-6 hours an evening instead of 8 hours every night, combined with a diligent diet and exercise regime.
Lets see how this translates itself in terms of my productivity and growth of my business.


-Posted using LP's IPad.

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