How to avoid burnout according to a 26-year-old self-made millionaire

Brian Wong is the CEO & co-founder of Kiip, a mobile advertising company. He’s also the author of “The Cheat Code.” The 26-year-old self-made millionaire discussed how he achieved success, the biggest lessons he’s learned, and what’s next in the world of advertising. Here, Wong shared with us how he avoids burnout by taking splurge days. Following is a full transcript of the video.

Hi I’m Brian Wong, co-founder and CEO of Kiip.

So I want to be very clear, there’s a huge difference between messing around on a beach and literally doing nothing and being a lazy potato versus actually taking time and jotting down notes in your, if you write, or me when I type, and just thinking about ideas and what happened over the last few days. I spent time with my team out in LA and we had all these ideas.

I’ve written a lot of them down, but the only time I’ll have to process and really understand what happened is going to be over that period of time on Saturday. So I usually encourage folks to take sort of these mini-vacations or mini sort of wipeout days where you just don’t touch any digital media and you focus on just letting your thoughts marinate. And that’s incredibly important.

One of the things that I talk about is a splurge day. There’s a lot of science behind this. So if you do, in a string of ways, all the things you like to do in one day. For example, in no particular order, I love ice cream, I love jacuzzis, I love wine, I love skiing. I mean, all these things.

If I can combine all four of those things in one day that’s obviously amazing, and I can do that during the winter by the way. The point is, there’s a lot of things you can do, again, and cram it in a day that, what it does is it makes your brain fire all of the good stuff, all your happy — whatever chemical it is in your head starts to kind of marinate and help you just become a lot more motivated and have something again to look forward to periodically. So I think it’s important for people to have mind space because if you continue to suffocate yourself, if you don’t give yourself that space, you will burn out.

And, the signs are very, very, very easy to tell. It’s someone who just doesn’t have that additional oomph or spark and you’re just numbing your way through life rather than being excited about everything.

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