Startup Founders Need Holidays Too


The holiday season is not time for you to sit down and crank even harder.


It’s a time for you to take a load off and spend time with family and friends.  There’s a good reason modern civilization still celebrates holidays amidst growing atheism and a lack of appreciation for the things we have; our lives have become way too hectic to contain and constantly being on the grind isn’t good for us.  Here are some tips for startups and founders this holiday season!

Give Your Team a Breather

A holiday is not an excuse to dish out more work because external forces are becoming less distracting. Let your team members and employees really enjoy the time off and don’t bombard each other with ideas for the next pivot or strategic move.  Take a step back and try to take it easy.  Your idea isn’t going to collapse because you enjoyed a proper holiday dinner.  And if for some reason your business is dissolved while you’re enjoying a a hearty meal, it wasn’t because you weren’t paying attention.

Stop Checking Your Emails

I’m guilty of this too, but when founders see emails in their inbox, they often feel the need to compulsively open the email and address it almost immediately.  During the holidays, everything and everyone is slower so it’s okay if you don’t respond right away.  People will understand if you don’t reply right away, and if they don’t, chances are you don’t want to work with them anyway.

Use the Time to Reflect

When we are constantly working all the time, it’s really hard to take a step back and think about what we have achieved and how far we have come.  The holidays should be a time to thank your team, yourself, and your company as a whole for how far your startup has come this year.  Do it during dinner, over the football game, or over a glass of wine. Whatever your choice may be, it’s a time to pat yourself (and your team) on the back.

Try Not to Talk About Your Company

The holidays are a time for friends and family to come together and update each other on changes in life, work, and romance.  It’s okay if you update people on your startup and how well you’re doing, but don’t go into the details.  Sure, you may be passionate about the idea, but odds are this topic is interesting only to you. Even worse, going into the details will probably have you thinking about work again.  Give a 10,000 foot overview and move on to what other people are doing or other things in your life not related to your startup.  The startup is all-consuming as it is, so don’t mix it in.

So with these tips, you’ve hopefully been armed to enjoy this holiday season with your friends and family.

Happy Holidays from the RoC Team!

By Sang Lee


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Sang H. Lee
Sang is the founder and CEO of Return on Change. He's constantly searching to help startups that are looking to change the world! He's a leader in equity crowdfunding and is always happy to help entrepreneurs and startups. He previously worked as an investment banker in the energy field at WestLB and BNP Paribas, accruing a wealth of expertise in financial regulation, business, and financial structuring. Sang is also the Executive Director of CF50, a global think tank of thought leaders within the crowdfunding industry. You can find him on Google+ and Twitter.
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