While I run a micro-ISV by choice and desire, I’d be lying if I said it was all revenue and happiness. Stress – recognizing it, mitigating it and finding ways to reduce it – has to be as much a part of your business plan as your product roadmap and how you do tech support.
► Forty-three percent of all adults suffer adverse health effects from stress.
► Seventy-five to 90% of all doctor’s office visits are for stress-related ailments and complaints.
► Stress is linked to six of the leading causes of death: heart disease, cancer, lung ailments, accidents, cirrhosis of the liver, and suicide.
These are ugly statistics and even uglier facts if you let stress go unmanaged while running your micro-ISV.
Building a successful micro-ISV by any means necessary means long hours and long days. But if you’re going to enjoy the fruits of your success, in my opinion, you need to absolutely make the time to do three things:
► Invest the time to find ways of getting things done more productively with less stress.
► Exercise regularly. That means nearly every day.
► Don’t let your connections to your family and friends be casualties of business.
There’s no shortage of information about what stress will do to you and what you have to do about stress. But all that information is useless if you don’t act on it.