This Business Stuff is Hard
This morning I was greeted on my Facebook feed by a "memory" of mine. It was a post from 1 year ago that I appreciated being on the receiving end of today. I wanted to share it here too.
I have the opportunity to speak with other business owners nearly every week in various contexts. Some of them I have personal relationships with outside of entrepreneurship, others I hardly know but we were connected via someone else. Certain themes come up with most of these people at one point or another. And it's not uncommon for someone to think it's just them. So here are some thoughts for you as we lean into a weekend.
- Owning and running a business can be exhausting.
- It can be stressful.
- It can be confusing.
- It can challenge your self-confidence.
- It can be isolating.
- It can mess with your physical health.
- It can mess with your mental health.
These things are especially true if your business is more than just a 1 or 2 person operation.
The reason I'm sharing this is because so many business owners I've spoken to haven't had the opportunity to hear these statements from someone else. They know they feel them, but aren't sure if it's just them. And that's dangerous.
So just to be very clear, here's my in-context version of the above thoughts.
- Owning and running my business, Focus Lab, can be exhausting.
- Owning Focus Lab can be stressful, confusing, and sometimes even isolating if I let it.
- It challenges my self-confidence.
- And on occasion it has absolutely affected my health.
No one I've met over the years has been immune to these challenges of owning a business. You probably aren't either.
So if any of these statements describe something you're feeling or living in right now, take heart—you aren't alone. Don't give up. Remind yourself why you started this in the first place. Reach out to someone if you need a hand or even just an ear. And I'd be happy to be that someone.
If you know of someone who could benefit from these thoughts today, forward this their way. Feel free to change it up and make it your own. They'll appreciate you for it.
How about you? Have you ever experienced this stuff? I'd love to hear from you.