Stress Management Through The Eyes of An Entrepreneur

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Entrepreneurial Stress Management

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Entrepreneurial Stress Management ImageWelcome to a very special interview held with the remarkably amazing powerhouse of positive get-up-and-go- energy, Chuck Hawkins! Chuck is the Director of The Hustle Harder Marketing Group, and an inspirational, motivational speaker and entrepreneur. He has produced exceptional results for his clients, who come from a vast array of business sectors. His captivating work consists in managing the growth and development of his clients’ businesses while fine tuning and enhancing the capacities of his clients so that the end result is an enormous achievement of epic peaks of success, for both his clients and their companies.

The Hustle Harder Marketing Group’s Mission:

Chuck and the Hustle Harder Marketing Group can take you from any point at which you are currently at with your professional life and your personal qualities, and work with you on both levels to bring out the business you’ve always wanted to create and the person you’ve always wanted to be! His personal story (found above the Motivation section) is a firm testimony of the fact that he doesn’t just talk the talk, he walks the walk! In the Results section, you’ll read testimony of what he can do to get you walking the walk, too!

I’ve been fortunate to obtain this interview with Chuck, (which was conducted electronically through email conversations) because he is so busy helping others that it was not so easy to create the time. But I’m thrilled that he was able to concede us a moment to share with you the ways in which he approaches stress management as an entrepreneur, which is different from the employee/employer workplace stress where someone else handles the not so easy situations.

Here’s What’s In Store For You!

He’s going to give you insights into what has helped him to overcome the stress of running a business while making quality time for family. As an entrepreneur, he carries many responsibilities within the company, and as a family man, his responsibilities are no lighter, so his methods might surprise you! (and inspire you!)

Sit back and relax while you enjoy Chuck’s charismatic and contagious positive energy! He’s going to take you through some tips that we can all benefit from applying!

Kim: What forms of stress management have you and your wife utilized in the past and found to be successful?

Chuck Wow! That’s how you kick off an interview! Initially, we thought that WE could manage stress together, and to an extent we can. We’ve learned that sometimes we need to unplug: turning off the cell phones, shut down the laptops etc., Plus we take time to enjoy the silly little things like our favorite breakfast places, or dinners.

Sometimes it’s more of a communicative balancing act and letting us both have our time separately.
I like quiet time, time to read, work on little projects or maybe going to shoot some pool, which has always been a secret passion of mine.
My wife likes to have her time WITHOUT THE KIDS, she likes the usual pamper time. Things like personal care and exercise.
Of course we spend our time together in prayer for and with each other, as well. After 7 years of marriage, you learn the value of quiet time.
Oh! How could I forget!! My wife and I both have an immense love for music, so sometimes, we’ll go for a drive and listen to a few good albums on the ipod.

Kim: I don’t know that many couples who actually “turn off cell phones AND shut down laptops, so that’s a great tip right there! I also like that you two take pleasure in the “silly little things” and the “music therapy” you mentioned. Moving on to more personal information…. Congratulations on your recent 7 year wedding anniversary celebration! In the seven years that you’ve been married, what has helped keep your marriage so strong?

Chuck: Well, my personality is pretty laid back, so laughter is an absolute must for me. I try to find humor in EVERYTHING. Whether it’s the news anchor stumbling over his or her “breaking news report” or something one of my daughters said, life in general is pretty funny if you take the time to enjoy it.

As a couple, I think I try to make my the wife laugh at least once or twice a day. I remember my father (who’s been married 40+ years) saying that “if a man couldn’t make a woman smile, he was worthless. :-)

**NOW THE FOLLOWING STATEMENT IS JUST MY OPINION** but I think that women and men carry stress differently. My wife deals with the kids a lot more, and since being a mother never stops. So she’s on the job considerably more than I am (although I’m working on it).

But in our marriage, I have to say that we’ve learned from a lot of situations that the best thing to do, is to learn to simply enjoy the moment. We laugh at a lot of things, ourselves, politics, old movies, our kids. I think it helps to take the edge off of everything that life can throw at you.

Kim: 40+ years of marriage is a huge accomplishment, so many kudos to your parents! I also like your father’s principle of teaching you to help make your partner laugh every day. We can all gain something from that lesson, male or female. Please tell us about how you apply stress management in the various areas of your busy life and hectic schedule.

Chuck: Well, here is how I would describe the way I manage stress, in relation to the 3 most important areas of my life:

a. In our marriage: The best part about being married is the fact that you have someone, so you don’t necessarily have to go through things by yourself. I’m grateful for that.
I think if you appreciate laughter, you’ll realize it’s an unspoken language that helps to relieve pressure from just about any situation.

b. In business: When someone is in what I like to call “HUSTLE MODE” it’s not so easy to find time to laugh because of the laser focus on reaching goals.
That being said, it’s important to steal away moments and laugh at funny moments in the office or one of my secret stress busters which is to go look up resumes and critique the opening statements.
Also my sister is an outlet for my stress during work. We can text each other a single line from a movie that we watched as kids and without warning or anything, we crack up laughing!
Instantly that moment during work is made lighter.

c. In social activities: Anytime I’m not working, I’m all about fun!
I don’t always show it, but I have a really laid back, nonchalant attitude so it takes a lot to get me worked up. When the pressure does build up, as someone who prides myself as a networker, I find that laughter helps to open people up.
It gives you the opportunity to build new partnerships and relationships.

Kim: I have to say, you covered all 3 areas quite well and now you’ve got me wondering if my sister and I could try that text message idea you suggested in order to help us to take a load off, too! What do you do when you find that you and your wife aren’t on the same page with family decisions?

Chuck: Umm, this is NOT a funny question! :-) But I also know that you say it like it is, Kim! When we’re not on the same page with family decisions, honestly, I weigh my options.
Sometimes it’s better to be happy, than to be right.
I’d like to believe that if it’s not a major decision, then we can be pretty good at compromising. Sometimes just agreeing to disagree helps a lot.
We try to live by the bible verse that suggests for you to not let the sun go down while you’re still angry.

Kim: You’re right, Chuck! It wasn’t the funniest question, but you know I want to ask the questions our readers want to know and I thank you for baring your soul with us! “Being happy is more important thank being right” is a great way to view situations! Motivating and helping others to achieve their goals is your main focus, a vision we both share. How did this focus come about for you and who or what motivates you the most?

Chuck: Wow, there are 2 parts to this answer:

For the sake of time, I’ll give you the short version, so here’s my story. You see, I was extremely successful in the real estate industry before the crash. Here in California there was tons of money to be made, and I worked hard for my share. However, I was young, and when you make a lot of money at a young age, typically you spend a lot of money…usually more than you make. I didn’t realize that the industry of real estate was cyclical, so needless to say, we lost everything.

Then I was introduced to the industry of network marketing, the doors of personal development and the principals of success. We were able to do very well in that industry, but more importantly I was able to see how many people have a thirst for the motivation, and inspiration in all aspects of their life, not just with their jobs and finances. I think there is something unique, transparent and timeless about the way I’m able to deliver that information…and yes, of course I’m a bit partial!

The Motivation

Now as for who motivates me, at the end of the day, it’s my family.
My wife and daughters mean the world to me, and as a young man, I watched my father, a former Navy Seal, do everything that he could to provide for my sister and me. My goal in life is to do the exact same but on a level that leaves a legacy for my children’s children. Day to day though, I find inspiration in the small, simple things.

The Results

Recently I was fortunate to help a young lady find the energy and time to launch her own business. She had a passion for cooking and baking but felt trapped in her job. Within just 7 months of working with her, she was able to pay her brand new mortgage with her business from home, and is well on track to retire at the ripe age of 35. The joys in helping people identify what they are born to do AND find the courage to pursue it…that’s an endless source of inspiration. Call me naïve, but I sincerely believe that everyone wants more in some aspect of their life, and my goal, my passion, my intention at all times, is to help them find it because when you know WHY you do something, the energy and internal motivation to Hustle Harder will find you as well.

Many thanks to you, my friend, for your candid honesty and transparency! You’ve given us so many valuable methods to apply for all things in our lives. I’ve learned a lot from your inspirational words and really identify with your values, which you share so well and with so many. Thank you, again for having taken the time out of your busy schedule to share with us!

Chuck Hawkins on Stress Management ImageChuck Hawkins is a fresh face with an impressive living resume to the genres of motivational speaking, networking and wealth building. His work is to help you succeed at what you do and his motivational techniques will guide you into a new stream of productivity, efficiency and exceptional quality for any project that you plan to build. You can contact Chuck through his blog at: The Hustle Harder Marketing Group and tweet him at Twitter! Another great way to connect with Chuck is through Facebook!

Chuck has been kind enough to remain available in case you have any questions that I didn’t cover, so please feel free to place them in the comments section of this post (the button is up top) and Chuck’ll be happy to respond to you personally.

If you don’t have a question but would like to share your ideas about this interview and its contents, then please feel free to comment and I’ll respond to you personally.

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