What is one of the most common characteristics amongst business owners? Is it ‘hustle’? Or ‘street smart’? Or ‘charisma’?
Well they have all of that, with different degrees of sophistication.
What about ‘drive’, ‘passion’, ‘hard work’?
Yeah these too.
Now there is one thing you and I have not thought a lot. And most of us would not readily admit it. This particular characteristic is commonly shared amongst business owners.
This is the dark side of entrepreneurship.
Entrepreneurship does not come without its price. It is a constant battle in your head, constant worry and constant stress. Business is the ultimate sport, not physical nor intellectual. It is the ultimate 24/7 mental sport.
And it is mentally draining (very).
When we work with struggling business owners, we don’t just turnaround their business. We also turnaround the person. These owners are the ones who need to wake up the following morning to face their nightmare all over again. It doesn’t matter how good our turnaround strategy is, without them in their right mind nothing good will happen.
Have you bled throughout your entrepreneurial journey? Have you got your battle scars? We all have, and these marks, these scars, they are to forever remain within us. They have affected us, shaped us, turned us into who we are. Are we sane? Are we normal? Are we mentally strong? Or are we depressed, stressed, burnout?
Anxiety is real – that is the hidden price of entrepreneurship that no one is talking about.
Please remember that you are not alone. Find a support group, talk to someone. Admit that you feel weak and you feel anxious. In fact, talk to anyone, maybe those that you meet at coffee shop (or bus stop). Just being able to tell someone else will ease the pain – trust me.
Get another person to be your accountability partner. You need someone else to watch over you.
Do not go it alone.