We all like to work hard and if you are passionate about your company you will find yourself working 24/7. This is a trap. Be careful. I know because I didn't take a vacation for 10 years and worked with pleasure basically 7 days a week 12 - 14 hours per day.
It hurt me, my family and the business.
Here's my take on entrepreneurship. It is a drug and like any drug, you can get addicted to it. You need to be careful and protect yourself from this addiction. It starts with getting so excited you don't sleep much and don't want to either. You will stop seeing your friends and if you have family they will rarely see you. You will get your first investment from family friends and fools. Much like a real junkie you may over state your claims, barrow more than you need and use this money to feed your habit. You will work like a dog, you won't eat well, you won't go to the gym or exercise, your health will take a turn for the worse. If you do not keep yourself aware of this, before you know it you will be a junkie with the same pitfalls as any substance abusing junkie.
It is critical that you take care of yourself. I know it is hard to do because you get high from your new venture or your company. You are young now but you will not always be. Pretty soon you will lift your head up 10 years later, see that you are overweight, out of shape, your relationships which you have not worked on are in bad shape. If you are not succeeding, the money you had your friends, family and fools invest will weigh heavily on your shoulders and if you push it too far your body at some time will MAKE you slow down usually right at the time you need the most energy.
You should not feel guilty for taking care of your body and mind. In fact, a vacation should be mandatory as well as a cap on the hours per day and days per week. It is very hard to see this when you are in the middle of it.
My business failed and to be honest, though it broke my heart and cast me into deep despair for a while, the fact is that its failing may have saved my life. You just can not keep up the pace you will want to keep.
Success means that you actually can have a nice lifestyle. It's not all about the money! Take the vacation and see it as part of your job to take care of the most important tool you have - yourself! Without you there is no company.