Sometimes putting yourself first is the only way you can be your best self for other people in the long term. If you give to yourself first, there will be more of yourself to give to others later.
—Samantha Fishbein, co-founder and chief operating officer of Betches
As an entrepreneur and a mom, putting myself first is sometimes the only way I get any time to relax. Relaxation is key to innovation. I’m constantly consuming and absorbing information. When I make time for me and the activities that help clear my head and re-energize me, that’s when all of the dots connect and ideas and insights emerge.
—Ursula Mead, CEO and founder of InHerSight
Putting myself first allows me to be better for myself and others and produces greater results in every area of my life. Making time for the gym, taking walks outside, or saying no to another project or meeting allows me to give more because I am energized, connected and focused. I can’t be the best version of myself if I am constantly giving and never taking time to refuel and recharge.
—Brooke Peterson, co-founder of Causely
You are your most valuable business asset. If we forget to maintain ourselves and keep our own sanity, it becomes impossible to innovate and grow our client and connection base, let alone care for the relationships we have already made. Think of yourself like a jet: Without fuel, you can’t even take off.
—Ryan Bradley, partner, Koester & Bradley, LLP
There is nothing more selfless than making sure you are happy, balanced and content. The best gift you can give your friends and family is to be your best self- healthy, engaged and inspired. The difficulty in doing this is that it takes a more long-term approach and perspective when dealing with everyday responsibilities and challenges.
—Tina Hay, CEO of Napkin Finance!
This article originally appeared in the May 2017 issue of SUCCESS magazine.