What is the most necessary and healing lesson all business owners need to learn? Is there an old habit or pattern that you have that you think is necessary for survival? Are you burning your candle at both ends?
In the tenth episode of the How I Got Through It series, Joe Sanok speaks about getting through the death of a father at 21 and hospitalization with Azizi Marshall.
In this Podcast:
- The impact of losing a father
- Being hospitalized
- A lesson for business owners
- Azizi’s advice to her younger self
The impact of losing a father
It made me look at my life and really reevaluate where I wanted to go. (Azizi Marshall)
The death of Azizi’s father made her realize that she wanted to make profound changes in her life.
It gave her the courage to leave a toxic partner, pursue her studies, and start a business that was based around helping other people to cope with traumatic events.
Azizi was working on her business while maintaining the usual pressures of being a partner, and sharing a home, and became ill.
- Exercising heavily
- Eating very little
- Drinking a lot of coffee
- Sleeping very little
I feel like I’m healthy, but I wasn’t, and my body was trying to tell me. (Azizi Marshall)
One day, Azizi woke up with tremendous swelling and pain in her face and body and was told to go to the emergency room by the dermatologist.
A few months later, she found out that her body had experienced elevated levels of inflammation due to chronic stress.
She made adjustments to her diet, sleep schedule, and exercise regime to bring her body back to a neutral state.
A lesson for business owners
Azizi learned one of the most difficult lessons for many business owners, which is the importance of giving up control.
She had to delegate some of her work out to her teammates.
Growing up we didn’t have a lot, so I always felt like I had to do everything to make something happen. (Azizi Marshall)
It was difficult for Azizi to let go and allow other people to do things for her, but it was one of the most important and healing lessons that she could have learned.
Azizi’s advice to her younger self
Slow down, you don’t need to hustle constantly. Slow down, because you don’t have to do this to survive.
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