How Meditation is Making Me a Better Entrepreneur

I love life as an entrepreneur but really dislike one aspect – exhaustion from not sleeping.  When I get into “startup mode” I have a hard time sleeping past 3AM.  I suddenly wake up, my mind racing.

A few months ago my friend Joel Gascoigne suggested Headspace.  I’ve never been able to stick with meditating, but the idea of a structured process on my iPhone appealed to me – plus I had a real motivation.  I listened to the trial lessons and liked the attitude of Andy (the narrator).  So I decided to give it a shot and signed up for a year.

Today I finished my 65th Headspace session, a process that took about 3 months.  Daily meditation is now part of my routine.   I’m able to sleep until 4:30 or 5:00 every day and find it easier to deal with stress.  Random thoughts and worries are less disruptive and I’m getting better at being “present” when I’m talking to others.

I hope meditation makes me a better listener, and a more patient, empathetic person.  If so, I’ll be a better leader – and entrepreneur.

Photo Credit: premasagar

2 Comments

  1. Jonathan Malkin May 8, 2013 at 7:08 am #

    Meditation is critical for me. If I don’t meditate 35 minutes in the morning then the day is a complete waste. See it’s not just about slowing down. It’s also about focus and intuition. Having focus means you can actually get something done while your body and your mind are racing a million miles a minutes. And one way to judge the effectiveness of your practice is if you find yourself increasing moments of spontaneous intuition. A thought just occurs to you about how to solve a problem or even the mysteries of the universe.

  2. Ben May 9, 2013 at 3:44 pm #

    Great post, I am also a Headspace subscriber. I have been trying to get into meditation for a couple of years now, however I could never find the “habit”.
    Then I too got the recommendation of Headspace from following Joel’s work, I am not a friend like you but a reader of Joel’s work. I used the Headspace app along with the “Lift” app (a social habit app) and managed 21 days in a row of Meditation and the rest is history. It is now cemented into my morning routine and I am a much more productive person for it!

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