Newsletter #11

Why You’ll Crash and Burn Before Making Your First Million

written by

Sam Driver


So, you’re dreaming of that first cool million, huh? 

But here’s the ugly truth — you’re on a fast track to burnout! 🔥

You’re juggling 1,276 things, your to-do list is never-ending, and you can’t remember the last time you took a break. 

It’s the classic tale of entrepreneurial hustle spiraling into crippling stress!

And if you’re starting to feel like your coffee needs coffee, it’s time to reassess.

In this issue of Profitable, we’re going to share tips on how to achieve your online business dreams — without the stress and burnout that usually go along with it.

Let’s roll right in.

#1. Prioritize Self-Care (No, It’s Not Just Bubble Baths)

Self-care isn’t a luxury; it’s a necessity. 

It’s about getting enough sleep, eating right, moving your body in ways that don’t involve typing, and, yes, sometimes, taking those darn bubble baths.

Your Sleep

There’s always something…

Emails to draft, a website to design, customer orders to fulfill, and a million and one more things to think about when launching an online business.

But, sacrificing sleep to get it done is…

Well, we all know how that ends:

  • Irritable ✅ 
  • Lack of focus ✅
  • Feeling like you’re running on empty ✅

So, create a sleep pattern and stick to it.

It’s not just about getting those 7-9 hours. It’s about when you get them. Go to bed and wake up at the same time every day.

And don’t forget to eliminate distractions. Your bedroom should be a place of rest. 

Your Nutrition (& Exercise)

While you’re drafting your killer business plan or brainstorming your marketing strategy, have you thought about what you’re doing to your body? 

Probably not.

But taking care of your body (and mind) can keep you energized and primed to avoid burnout.

So, instead of reaching for that sugary snack for a quick boost, replace them with fruit, veg, and white meats.

And consider, when was the last time you actually drank enough in a day? And no, coffee doesn’t count!

Let’s not forget exercise.

Many entrepreneurs spend their days in front of a computer. If that’s you, it’s important to stay active throughout the day. 

So, get up and move. 

In fact, do it now, take a walk, and treat it as your first step toward beating burnout. Then, try to incorporate movement every 30 minutes throughout the day.

The “Bubble Baths”

All work and no play — you know how the rest goes. 

So, carve out time for friends and fun. Seriously. 

Whether it’s a weekly group dinner or a quick catch-up over coffee, these moments recharge you in ways you can’t even imagine.

Don’t let entrepreneurship turn you into a hermit. 

Time, like sleep, is non-negotiable. 

And while we can’t make more of it, we can certainly make it count. 

#2. “I Can Do It All” — No, You Can’t. And That’s Okay

You’re human, not a superhero. Accept your limits.

And the grind culture everyone talks about? It’s not sustainable. 

So, automate, delegate, and eliminate…


Not everything needs your magic touch. 

Tools and platforms can help you craft, schedule, and automate… well, everything.

Kevin Duncan, Profitable’s Editor-in-Chief, has already crafted a few fantastic newsletter editions discussing the online business tools you should be using. 

Check them out here and here.


You might think you’re the only one who can do things right, but guess what? 

You’re probably wrong.

So, delegate tasks. You don’t have to be a one-man band.

Bad at design? Hire a designer. 

Hate accounting? Get an accountant. 

Focus on your strengths and outsource your weaknesses.

Your “team” can share the burden of building a successful online business.


Say “No!” 

  • To meetings that could be emails.
  • To projects that don’t align with your goals.
  • To guilt when you take a day off. 

It might just be the most productive word in your dictionary because every “yes” means less time for something else.

Yet, it’s tough. Especially when you’re eager to please every client, customer, or follower.

But spreading yourself too thin doesn’t work, either. 

Learn to say “No,” or at least, “Not right now.”

#3. Make Every Minute Count

Master your time, and you’ll master your business (and yourself).

It’s about strategic moves, smart choices, and knowing that every second counts in your journey toward success. 

“Work Smarter, Not Harder”

You’ve heard it a million times, right? But let’s be real. 

When you’re hustling to make your online empire a reality, every task feels critical. 

Yet, not everything on your to-do list deserves a red alert status.

Ask yourself…

“Is this task bringing me closer to my goal or keeping the lights on?”

Everything else can wait.

You see, by prioritizing the essentials, you’re moving the needle toward your dream outcome.

And most of the time, those little things can take care of themselves.

Remember Your Why

In the midst of chaos, it’s easy to forget why you embarked on your journey. 

Was it to feel run down?

Probably not.

So, why are you putting yourself through this stress and overwhelm?

To gain “freedom”? To pursue your passion? Your purpose?

When you’re knee-deep in your tasks and beginning to struggle, pause and reflect on your “why.” 

It can guide your daily actions and motivate you to get over that critical hurdle. 

Rome Wasn’t Built in a Day (And Neither Is Your Business)

Successful entrepreneurship is a marathon (with hurdles), not a sprint. 

And the best move is often knowing when to push hard and when to take a step back.

After all, starting and running an online business is exhilarating. But it’s also demanding.

When challenges rear their heads, and trust me, they will, your self-management skills become your most trusted allies. 

So, take care of yourself, and your business will thrive. 

Your online business is a reflection of you. 

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And the more referrals we get, the more awesome content we can publish.

Thanks in advance.

Sam Driver