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What are some of the best and affordable ways to chill in summer?

If you have enough money to travel to fancy beaches and mountains, good for you, and you probably shouldn’t be reading this tutorial i’m about to write, but if you’re stuck in the city like me, you might want to hear the tips i’m going to give you to escape the heat and spend your summer chilling like a rock. I’ll start with the obvious and finish with more original ideas that i (or someone else) came up with.

 First one, would obviously be buying AC. I never got around to actually doing it last summer, as i waited until weather got insufferable in August, and then i was like “is it good idea to buy this appliance for just one month”? So i decided to wait it out. But it was one of the hardest 30 days i had to endure. This year, i headed to Amazon and bought the best rated AC i could find, and it was totally worth the investment. But i couldn’t make a buying decisions without weighing pros and cons and reading dozens of reviews, that’s how paranoid i am. Conditioners have one flaw, though – they only work indoors. So if you’re kind of person who likes staying at home more than going out, like i do, you’re definitely going to love the comfort AC provides. But if you’re not, you might as well skip this step.  

 My second secret is less obvious, but just as simple – taking showers. I’ve noticed this one time when i was dirty with mud and had to shower in afternoon, instead of my traditional time slot – 9 PM, before going to sleep. And one shower kept me cool for like two hours! My mind was blown, and i think i hadn’t spent any daytime without showering ever since. This was one of the tricks i used to survive the insufferable august i mentioned above.

 The last one is getting inflatable pools. I know it sounds obvious but i couldn’t even think of this myself, neither did i read it on some blog. It was after visiting my friend and finding out how convenient inflatable swimming pools are that i decided to get one for myself as well. Before that, i was very skeptical about upkeep and quality. But i gotta say, with proper tools, above ground swimming pools are perfect little addition to my backyard. Don’t take little too literally, because it was 8 meters wide.

And the last, but not least – If you live in a region like mine, where are frozen cold places even in summer, you can go out ice fishing. But don’t forget to take good one man ice shelter and other ice fishing gear with you – it’s going to be chilly!

 The last one is a little weird, but this is what i use – i changed my sleeping patterns so i would be awake at night and sleeping during the hot day. But that only works if you work from home and have no social life like me. But i thought it would still be worth the mention.

How do successful entrepreneurs handle stress and exhaustion from work?

Media likes to paint this image of legendary entrepreneurs for us – IQ of 240, fearless and heading straight for the danger, but research shows that it couldn’t be further from the truth. Most people do not know that Bill Gates only dropped out of College when Microsoft had funding, and even then, he returned for about a year before dropping out again. Same for Mark Zuckerberg – at point when he dropped out, Facebook had 500K in funding and was valued at five million, so these decisions weren’t as risky as someone might think.

 Research shows that entrepreneurs are usually very risk considerate. And that’s actually the reason for their success. It might be mind blowing to hear for the first time, because of so much legends that go around about how one guy dominated the market against all odds and stuff, but it’s reality. The best entrepreneurs are the ones that understand and compare risks with returns, and act accordingly. It’s great skill to be fearless, but it can lead you to some stupid decisions. Being fearless when potential awards are too small would be a stupid decision. Take Facebook, Mark didn’t go after the goal of connecting whole world instantly. He started very small and took somewhat big risk – taking a year away from college. Notice that he didn’t drop out, which means that if Facebook had failed, he could always go back.

 In book called Originals, Adam Grant also describes founders of Warby Parker, a company that sells glasses online. When he asked them bunch of questions about company and their commitment, he found out that most founders were not as committed as he might have expected compared to classic image of entrepreneur that media is painting today. Founders had back up jobs, and in fact, weren’t focusing all their efforts on this idea, so he obviously passed on investing. Few years later, the said startup is valued at somewhere around billion or two dollars, and that’s what inspired him to look into this phenomenon.

One more effective way to handle stress is going away and taking break from work. It can be few hours, or even days, if the work schedule allows it. It keeps you from burning out and in the same book, Grant actually argues that procrastinating can actually give you a lot of ideas for creative approaches you can take to solve your problems. I go ice fishing myself, just haven’t bought the ice fishing clothing yet.

 And original people, who want to put something from their head into the real world, are afraid too. They are afraid that they’ll fail and will have to go back to living with their parents, but they know how to channel that fear and use it to their advantage. They use it to trigger the GO emotion in their minds, so instead of sitting around worrying about what others will think of them if they fail or how miserable their lives will be, they just dive straight into it, but not without analyzing risks and rewards first. They might also use other methods, such as their hobbies to get away from it all. Personally, my hobby is making stuff from wood using tools, and i recommend everyone to read some material about this topic, it’s impossible to not fall in love with it.