Why I Don't Compromise My Start-Up Lifestyle

Many entrepreneurs compromise their lifestyle for their start-up. They stay up until 3am, shovel cold pizza, and sit in front of the computer for 20 hours.

That's flat-out crazy.

Why work 20 hour days? Why eat garbage and kill your spine (be cause sitting is the new smoking)?

As an entrepreneur, there are several things I don't skimp on. I spend what I need to to live well. Here are those three things:

1. Food

My budget for food is $200/month, and I rarely come close to it. And I eat incredibly healthy. All you'll find in my fridge is vegetables, fruit, lean chicken, and a couple jars of mustard (hey, I own the company).

2. Exercise

I pay for a personal trainer and I go to another gym to workout when I don't see my trainer. I own more workout shirts than t-shirts. I buy running shoes more often than casual shoes. But, that's because exercise is incredibly important to me.  It helps me be more productive, think clear, and well, it extends my life (can't argue with that, can you).

3. Sleep

While this isn't monetary, it's a time thing for me. I strive for 7.5-8 hours of sleep a night. I know it's not the standard for many entrepreneurs, but I'm not at the top of my game if I don't get a good night's sleep. And as a company founder, I need to be at the top of my game all the time. There's no room for being a second-rate founder.

Food, exercise, and sleep. I've talked with many entrepreneurs who disregard all three of these. Like I said, I don't know why?

Have you founded a start-up? What's your lifestyle like?