As an entrepreneur, it is important to have grit, passion, and faith in what you are doing for the sake of success. People think that going into business will give them the freedom to do whatever they want, but if you are not careful, the business can take over your life. There is always a lot of testing and measuring, and not everything turns to gold straight away. Keep going even when things do not go as planned, even when things do not go well.

The life of an entrepreneur can be a rollercoaster. Here are five tips to follow to ensure your ride is a smooth, successful one:

1. Good foundations

Forming these kinds of foundations, systems and structures, is important, as it includes knowing how to support yourself, building a good support team around you and utilizing them by asking for help when you need it. You might be able to do all of the things in your business, but if you want to scale, you need to bring in team members. In order to bring in a team, you need systems and procedures. if you want a successful business, rather than just creating a job, you need the business to work without you. If you want to grow and scale, just like any building, you need strong foundations.

2. Emotional intelligence

Emotional intelligence is being able to be an observer of your emotions and understand why you might be experiencing them, and use them to guide you to what you need to do next. Knowing how to support your own emotional needs is one of the keys to a happy life. People think that “business” and “personal’ are separate aspects when running a business, but in actual fact it is not true. Everything is personal because we are human beings.

3. Empathy

Empathy is the ability to understand one’s perspective, putting yourself in someone’s shoes and seeing their side of each factor they may be facing. Improvising towards issues they may be facing and finding solutions which will be beneficial to them as an answer. Developing a greater understanding of the role empathy plays in your work life, which helps with managing teams and growing your business.

As a negotiating tool, always look for what is in it for the other side as well as how and why they may have formed their point of view. It will help determine what their expectations are and help you curate an offer that will be acceptable. It helps to establish long-term mutually beneficial relationships.

4. Manage your energy

One of the most important resources is your own energy. Knowing how to manage your own energy, and that of others is crucial. Failure to do so will lead to burnout. If you are experiencing resistance, reset and restore your energy until you can move forward to a place of inspiration.

Protect your energy daily, listen to your body, schedule regular wellness activities and take time out whenever you need to.

5. Know your value

This can be achieved by aligning to your value set and operating from there. When you operate from a place of value, you eliminate self-doubt and align with your sense of purpose, and you are less likely to be affected by any negativity. Aligning with your values is also a useful way to restore energy.

Know what’s valuable to you and those around you which will allow them to value what is valuable to you as a business man.