Hafiz Mitha knows that being an entrepreneur isn’t easy. Many people think that starting their own business is a way to escape the corporate 9–5 job. But they often don’t realize how consuming being an entrepreneur can be on your time and energy. How does Hafiz navigate being an entrepreneur? What does he do to stay mentally, physically, and spiritually healthy?
Embracing the practice of gratitude
One of the things that Hafiz does to avoid burnout is to implement a gratitude practice every day. He comes home and journals and writes down things he is grateful for. He points out that we tend to complain about first-world problems. But we have high-speed internet. We have amazing healthcare. We’re free from war and famine. Life is pretty good. We just get spun out in the day-to-day and don’t look at the big picture.
It’s powerful to take a step back and focus on what you’re grateful for. Are your parents healthy? Do you have an amazing dog? A home to live in? Supportive friends? A beautiful day? Little things spawn happiness inside you and make other things not feel like such a big deal in the grand scheme of things. It’s huge for reshaping your psyche and making life more manageable.
COVID gave many people the opportunity to pause. When you strip away distractions, you have to sit with your thoughts. You take stock of your life. When people have everything stripped away, they have to turn to gratitude. The way your life is today doesn’t have to be the rest of your life. Become more intentional with the way you spend your time.
Find time for self-care
Hafiz also emphasizes that you need to make yourself a priority. Most entrepreneurs have flexible schedules and do things on their own time. He notes that you have to understand that your business is only as strong as you are as a person. Focus on your mental health, physical health, and spiritual health. It helps you survive, keeps you going, and gives you energy. Starting your own business is often romanticized as a “way out” of the corporate 9–5. But if you’re doing it just to make money, you won’t make it. You need a strong why.
New entrepreneurs: start with your ‘why’
Hafiz emphasizes that you must start with your “why.” You need a guiding north star. There are many mountains and valleys along your path. But if you know where you’re going, it’s easier to navigate. You should also have a target audience in mind and find a niche where you fit in. You can’t do everything for everyone.
Build a team with a shared vision
Hafiz also emphasizes that you want to build a team with a shared vision. When you aren’t constantly battling stakeholders to get on the same page, it makes the process far easier (from a business perspective and mentally). It’s also helpful if they have complementary skills.
Tyler—who works with PlayCity in marketing—grew up in the same neighborhood as Hafiz, but they only met a year ago. Tyler shares the same values on diversity and inclusion and using sports to bridge the gaps. Hafiz feels like he found a brother. They work so well together because their values are aligned, and ego is put away for the greater good.
Hafiz takes a deep-dive into the PlayCity app and what it was created for in episode #17 of the Content Callout podcast. If you’re looking for a way to make connections through physical activity—or are a business looking for an organization to support—listen to this episode for more information!