The TE Quote:

“I do not believe a man can ever leave his business. He ought to think of it by day and dream of it by night.”
- - Henry Ford

TE Mistakes:

Mistake #8
You Are Reactive,
Not Proactive

Mistake #15
You Do Not
Understand the Importance of
the Internet


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Mistake #25
You Have Poor Work/Life Balance
Page 148

Does running your own business necessitate a poor work/life balance?

A number of studies in recent years have found that a good work/life balance leads to improvement in overall health and quality of life. While our focus here is on you, the business owner, there is also a positive impact on employees when balance is achieved.

This Mistake usually comes in the form of a cry for help. For those of you with families, you may realize that you are neglecting your spouse, your kids, or both. When you combine the long hours with the stress and uncertainty of running a business, you may recognize that the business is slowly killing you.


IN THE BOOK I walk through the implications of carrying a poor work/life balance for prolonged periods of time. I also provide an Activity Log which can be used to determine how effectively you are using the time you have.

One Possible Solution Offered in The Termite Effect:

  • Ask yourself the following question on a daily basis:When I am lying on my deathbed, will I say, ‘I wish I had spent more time at work?” Just like anything else in life, if you do not make improving your work/life balance a priority, it will not happen. Is it a priority for you?

    Go to “Resources” to download a copy of the Activity Log used in the print version of Mistake #25 in The Termite Effect.