"It's like a man riding a lion. People think, 'This guy's brave.' And he's thinking, 'How the hell did I get on a lion, and how do I keep from getting eaten?"
People always talk about the good aspects of entrepreneurship, the success stories. They rarely, if ever, talk about the toll it takes on you. The sleepless nights, the ever-present fear of failure, poor health, mental and physical stress that comes from making sure everything works. People never mention all that, but it's there.
We try to be strong and act like it doesn't affect us. We feel like failures when we decide to do the sensible thing and take a little of that stress off (apparently, business owners are supposed to share the same DNA with Superman). Point is, sometimes we need to accept that it's not that easy, and we need to stop trying to be so strong. We need to learn to relax sometimes, and we need to be able to speak up when we feel like things are getting a little too crazy.
Just something I thought I should share. (I saw a post on Facebook that links to this article on Inc.com on the psychological price of entrepreneurship.
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