Business mogul Dom Farnan shares her sage advice on avoiding burnout for new and seasoned entrepreneurs.

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Running a business isn't for the faint-hearted, something Dom Farnan learned throughout her journey as an entrepreneur. But even so, where does that leave the bold-hearted? They're just as human as the rest of us, and regardless of their character, are not immune to experiencing feelings such as fear, doubt, anxiety, stress, etc.

According to a recent survey by Hustle, 63% of business owners reported they've dealt with or are currently dealing with burnout. So what is burnout exactly?

"Burn-out is a syndrome conceptualized as resulting from chronic workplace stress that has not been successfully managed," states the World Health Organization. But unfortunately, burnout is a normalized part of work culture that is misdefined as being overly busy and working long hours with little to no time off.

"You don't have to work yourself into burnout, you don't have to play to everybody's rules - make your own rules. That's the beautiful thing about being an entrepreneur," Dom emphasizes. It's easy to fall prey to the stereotypes of entrepreneurs; workaholics, coffee addicts, neglect personal life and mental health, money hungry, and so on.

But it doesn't have to be this way.

Being an entrepreneur doesn't mean you must subject yourself to these characterizations. There's no right or wrong way of holding the title as a business owner. Nurturing relationships and taking care of yourself will not make you any less of a leader, in fact, it will aid in your ability to manage more effectively down the road.

More importantly, it can immensely help you to avoid burnout.

"Create space for you to listen to your inner guide and your intuition, your inner compass because it is there," Dom emphasizes. The more you learn to invest in yourself the better off your business will be as a result.

But the water wasn't always clear for Dom - it was murky and filled with toxic corporate culture ideologies she eventually realized were rooted in an orthodox way of thinking.

"I spent two decades living an unhealthy, workaholic lifestyle that cost me everything from relationships to the beginnings of motherhood," Dom shares. "It wasn't until I surrendered to deep inner work that I realized I had it all wrong: It's not just about accolades and validation, but personal relationships and inner peace."

In her newly released book Now Here: A Journey from Toxic Boss to Conscious Connector, Dom discusses all this and more. Her story of inner healing is a raw, authentic, and vulnerable telling, and she's since discovered that vulnerability is a strength, not a weakness.

"When I finally started doing inner work and made a conscious effort to push myself to operate from a place of peace, authenticity, and even vulnerability, I saw a change," says Dom. And that change had a ripple effect amongst her friends, family, and team.

Currently, Dom is the CEO of DotConnect, a successful global recruiting firm committed to creating conscious workplaces. Since commencing her journey of inner healing, her company has grown exponentially and was named by Inc Magazine as one of the fastest-growing companies in America. But more importantly, she leads her team from a conscious standpoint, referred to by Dom as conscious leadership.

"It's not just about who can do a job. It's about helping companies identify and define their culture, and helping them find people who are a holistically good fit. In this way, we are transforming the workplace for the better."

Toxic corporate culture is a thing of the past, and with it so is burnout. Finding a passion for what you do shouldn't come with the consequences of overworking yourself and becoming ridden with stress and anxiety. And Dom is proof that it can be the exact opposite.

"I want to bring light to the dark places of corporate and plant little seeds of transformation," Dom voices, and that's exactly what she and her company are achieving.

To learn more about Dom Farnan, follow her Instagram to share her journey.