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The Burn Out Debate


In this daily pit stop what I actually want to talk about is burn out.

I think it came to light, I’ve been re-capping Gary V’s recent book, the latest publication called Crushing It.

There’s a couple of bits of repetition there, and any of you guys know me personally I do like Gary V, I think he’s awesome.

I’m not some of those people who’re just some of the Gary V fans always doing this, that, and the other.

I actually take the time to listen to him and apply the strategies.

I’m also not frightened to go up against him either.

The Debate

What I mean by that is, in the latest book, he’s talking about the need to do 18 hours a day, seven days a week to crush it.

I just want to open up a debate with the UK audience, really, watching this.

As I say, the first thing I want to do, I’ll put a big disclaimer on this, I think Gary V is absolutely awesome, but he is one of a kind.

I don’t think he’s out of a mould that most everybody comes out of.

That’s not because he’s envious or jealous individual or anything like that, he’s just an exceptional individual.

But I’m conscious that people are putting themselves 18 hours a day, seven days a week, sacrificing everything, and I’m going to really just challenge you to say, if you work 12 hours a day, six days a week, or 18 hours a day, seven days a week, where do you think you’re going to get the best result?

Now, if you want to shoot me a question, on Twitter using the hashtag #TheOpenMike or #GrowthEngine, I’d love to open a debate with you to see what you think and if you’re watching this on YouTube, you can leave a comment below and we’ll engage that comment there.

Our team will jump on that as well.

I’m not quite sure that doing 18 hours a day, seven days a week is actually going to keep your mind fresh, I look at some of the best decisions that I’ve ever done in my career, it was 25 years being an entrepreneur.

Work Hard, Play Hard Or All Work And No Play?

Some of the best ideas have come to me on holiday when I’m detached, I’ve got time to think, I’m in a relaxed environment, and I don’t have the hustle and the bustle of the day, and the pressures of dealing with all that.

Then I come back and whether it’s on the plane sketching out the basic outline of the plan and then meeting with my team when I’m back.

Some of the best ideas!

One of them was to franchise a business back in 2004 that we eventually did 68 times.

That business would gross in between six and eight million revenue a year, and that’s revenue not bottom line.

And we did that consistently for nearly six years.

That came out of a specific idea that I had while I was on holiday.

So, I’d love to get your thoughts, like, I’d love to get your feedback.

Do you think killing yourself 18 hours a day, seven days a week following the advice of Gary V or anybody else is the right thing to do?

Or do you think that work-life balance, with a strong commitment to make it happen…

I do agree with Gary V that you have to put the effort in.

It isn’t easy, it is a constant learning curve.

You know it is a graft, you can work as smart as you want but you do have to put the shifts in.

So, I’m all in for that, it’s just the length of it, and I’m a big fan of taking some time out, recharging the batteries.

Taking life and business with the scruff of the neck but with a fresh pair of eyes and a clear mind, and obviously seeing some of your family as well because you can put their objective in.

Mike Midgley

Mike Midgley is the Strategy Director at 6teen30 Digital and a dynamic digital entrepreneur, nxd, strategist, public speaker and host of TheOpenMike Podcast show & Co-Host at The Inbound Podcast. Mike has achieved successful six and seven-figure exits over a 25-year career, raised in excess of £1.6m [$2.5m] in Venture Capital and highly experienced with franchising.