I feel like these last few years have been all about startups. You constantly hear about this startup doing this and that doing that. The idea of owning your own company, pushing ahead with your own ideas and innovations and taking the world on head first is an ideal many of us strive for.
Of course. as cool and awesome as it seems the hardships, worry and general day-to-day business aspects of being an entreprenear are rarely pushed to the forefront of the conversation.
Running your own small business is hard work and takes a lot of your time, patience and bravery to pull off. You also need a lot of sense and know when it’s right to shift direction or even pull the plug.
I have worked for myself now for years, for 5 of those years the bulk of my work has been online, something that gives me a lot of freedom. My business has had many shifts and ups and downs but I think it’s all been worthwhile.
I purposely keep my operation pretty small and am careful not to overextend myself. For me the idea of hiring people (although I do sometimes collaborate) is a big worry that I don’t think I can handle. I do worry about the year ahead, where my business is going and how I can grow and keep myself stable
Of course all of this is normal and as the infographic below shows entrepreneurs around the world all worry about the future.
Of course with the worry comes optimism and self belief. A defining trait of a successful entrepreneur is belief in ones-self and one’s ideas and determination to make them work. Many highly successful business people have failed on multiple occasions but have had the heart to pick themselves back up and go at it again.
I think worry is important, it shows that you care about what you are doing and have a sense of realism. Worry will allow you to bring yourself down to a level where you can analyse your position and hopefully find problems that need addressing.
Of course worry also consumes some people, creates needless doubt and breaks belief in what people are doing. As with everything a balance is needed for it to be healthy.
So what is the right amount of worry?
I think it is hard to judge but you need to speak to someone else about your worries and ask what they think. Personally I think analysing all situations is a form of healthy worry but worry that leads to a depletion of self worth or even depression is over the line. Your best defence for staying on the right side of the line is other people.
Even if you are a one-person shop you should find people in similar positions to ally and network with. Talk to honest friends, family and if you really need to a medical professional.
What do you think?