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Next Stop Just Ahead

Driving yourself into a rut is no way to run a business. Take time to enjoy the scenery instead.

This story appears in the July 2002 issue of Entrepreneurs Start-Ups magazine.

There's often a fine line between working hard and being overworked. As a start-up entrepreneur, you might not have discovered yet where exactly that line is. When you're putting in long days, devoting most of your waking hours to your business, you can't help but think that's a good thing--you're doing something positive for your future, and you're doing it to the extreme. What could be wrong with that?

What's wrong with that might not be immediately apparent. But over time, it will be. If you keep running on empty, never pausing to take a break, not only will you eventually lose all your stamina, but you might also miss out on some of the most important experiences of your start-up life.

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