My Stress as an Entrepreneur

By January 20, 2014Insight

Stress comes in many forms and is inherently based on how we cope with adversity. I’d like to share a little bit about my view on stress as an entrepreneur in my first year.

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I took the plunge last year to focus on businesses I run (or help run). My brain still continues to ask daily, “Was that such a good idea?” I respond in-kind to my brain, “Yes. Now leave me alone, I need to get working.”

So what is different now?

I’m not going to say that I don’t have stress now, I do. Probably even more so. The difference now is how that stress affects my overall quality of life.

Before I would ask myself questions like:

  • Am I doing the right thing and reaching my full potential?
  • There has to be more to life than this, right?
  • Is it 5pm yet? It’s only 2?!? Crap.

It really wasn’t a fun way to live my “working” existence that unfortunately took up a majority of my time. I took it home, it ruined my time off and worst of all, I felt purposeless. I tried finding purpose in what I was doing, but really struggled. So I quit.

How is stress different now?

I’m happy to report that I no longer dread Sundays. I get lost in my work because it’s challenging and fun. I am more willing to put myself out there, try things and meet new people.

It was scary at first (and still a bit scary now), but I trust myself. I trust those things I know right now and trust in my ability to learn those things I’ll need.

I work more now than I ever did before, but I don’t mind. The money is much tighter now, which is a newer stress, but it’s one I can handle. It actually energizes me into coming up with strategies to ensure I won’t have to worry about next month. It’s a motivator I enjoy.

I can’t say this would be for everyone, but my soul thanks me for taking this leap.

What about you?

If you’re considering starting a business or leaving your current job to look for something better, I whole heartedly recommend it. Quit listening to your brain and take the chance; eventually it will come around.

I’ll try to share more as time goes on in my life as an entrepreneur.

  • todayforwardmike

    Welcome to entrepreneurship. It is passion that propels you forward and keeps you going. Right now, I see your purpose as that of an enabler – someone who comes in and helps to make the ship go, offering course corrections as needed. You’ve done some things for us in a very short period of time that will, I am certain, change the game. Spark plug, catalyst, starter. Those are laudable and well-deserved descriptors that I use when talking about you.

    • JB

      Thank you Mike. I appreciate the comment and feedback.