For many entrepreneurs, the early days of setting up and establishing a business are all consuming. There is so much to think about, so much to do, so many goals to achieve, and often, so many doubters to prove wrong. There is also the temptation to work 24/7 in order to get there quickly. However, just like running a marathon, or climbing a mountain, the trick is to pace yourself. The challenge of avoiding early burn-out is one that needs to be taken seriously, remembering that entrepreneurs are the face, personality and vision of the business, and therefore a precious asset that needs to be taken care of. It is important to remember that patience is essential on any entrepreneurial journey. There is no set formula or timescale for achieving success, it takes time, patience and lots of hard work and perseverance. So the trick is not to dwell on the distance ahead, but to focus on the journey you are taking, one small step at a time, and keep moving steadily forward until you achieve your goals.