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How Google's Marissa Mayer Prevents Burnout

July 16, 2012. Many entrepreneurs don't even think twice when it comes to working around the clock. Marissa Mayer, Google's 20th employee and current vice president of location and local services, is no exception. When Google was a young company, she worked 130 hours per week and often slept at her desk. "For my first five years at Google, I pulled an all-nighter every week," Mayer said in a recent talk at New York's 92Y cultural center. Hard work, she says, has been the key to Google's success, as well as her own. For young companies that demand so much of their employees, hard work can spiral into burnout. Step 1. Her assessment is right on target.

Related: 3 Postures to Boost Productivity Now Step 2. "People--particularly entrepreneurs--can put in huge amounts of energy and time," Leiter says. Related: A Secret to Creative Problem Solving Step 3. "You can't have everything you want," Mayer cautions. Sacré Kenny. Startups Are Hard. So Work More, Cry Less, And Quit All The Whining. I slept at work again last night; two and a half hours curled up in a quilt underneath my desk, from 11am to 1:30pm or so.

Startups Are Hard. So Work More, Cry Less, And Quit All The Whining

That was when I woke up with a start, realizing that I was late for a meeting…But it was no big deal, we just had the meeting later. It’s hard for someone to hold it against you when you miss a meeting because you’ve been at work so long that you’ve passed out from exhaustion. Suddenly everyone’s complaining about how unfair things are in Silicon Valley. How hard everyone has to work so darn hard, and how some people don’t get venture capital or a nice sale to Facebook or Google even though lots of other people are getting those things. Silicon Valley is an unfair place, say all the headlines. As if all of this was new. What I Wish Someone Had Told Me 4 Years Ago. The year is 2007, and I had just left Microsoft to dive into the startup world.

What I Wish Someone Had Told Me 4 Years Ago

Like many first time entrepreneurs, I was very excited about the adventure. And like many first time entrepreneurs, I didn’t know where to start. So I attended events, meetups, conferences, and mingled with the local startup community in Seattle. When time came to move to the Bay Area, I found even more events, more meetups, and more conferences. The startup ecosystem was so busy and alive, and I found a wealth of knowledge and experience being shared, which I consumed eagerly. There were also blogs, videos, interviews, and books that I ingested with passion. I even joined a startup incubator! It wasn’t until I decided to launch my own startup that I realized that nothing I’ve read, watched or attended really prepared me for it.

Sorry to be a party pooper, but that’s reality. In the beginning, I tried applying the things I’ve learned to my situation.


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