Anyone who has started and ran a business knows the entrepreneur’s curse.
The frustrating dichotomy between never having enough spare time outside the business and the frightening reality when you do.
When I started Wild Creations a number of years ago, I lived the curse firsthand. As someone who had just come from the corporate world and was a master at leveraging vacation days with three-day weekends and long holidays, the entrepreneurial transition was challenging. I had lofty aspirations of “being my own boss” and having more freedom and independence.
Nothing could have been further from the truth.
Like any new business, it consumed every minute of spare time and every ounce of energy I had. When I actually took a few hours off, for example on a weekend to indulge in a simple college football game, the enthusiasm and pleasure of doing so were always dampened by the heavy guilt I felt for not working at the business. If we were slow enough to take time off, should I not be focused on trying to get more business?
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