A su­per­preneur idea?

Friday - - Society Living Leisure -

My name is Karen and I’m a worka­holic. Of­ten I’ll get up at 5am to write fea­tures and can keep go­ing un­til 2am the fol­low­ing day. I’ve spent week­ends, hol­i­days and ma­ter­nity leave glued to my re­mote in­box, Black­Berry and mini iPad. In the past I even edited and sent a cover to press just mo­ments be­fore be­ing wheeled into theatre for surgery. On the day I gave birth to my daugh­ter I worked un­til 7pm, went into labour at 9pm and was hold­ing her in my arms three hours later. But I didn’t work dur­ing my emer­gency Cae­sarean so ac­cord­ing to the superpreneurs in our fea­ture on page 30, I’m a bit of a slacker.

Superpreneurs are tur­bocharged busi­ness women who look down on mumpreneurs (“they’re part-time, so don’t tar us with that brush,” one scowls) and work dur­ing labour. “My con­trac­tions were a minute apart,” says an­other su­per­preneur. “It was frus­trat­ing be­cause I couldn’t getmy work done.” Sadly, suc­cess­ful busi­ness­women have al­ways had to com­pete with men. That’s why women in stress­ful jobs have a 40 per cent in­creased risk of heart dis­ease and a 60 per cent higher risk of di­a­betes. Luck­ily, me­dia mogul Ari­anna Huff­in­g­ton is lead­ing what she calls “the third rev­o­lu­tion” to help busi­ness­women strike a work/life bal­ance and avoid get­ting burnt out. I’m def­i­nitely go­ing to take her ad­vice! Un­til next week,




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