Posts tagged mental cost of small busines
Entrepreneurship Isn't One Sized Fits All

Today, I am gathering everyone around the table for some real talk. (It's a metaphorical table, because my dining room table only fits 2 people and my apartment is tiny!) It's time we had this talk, small business owner to small business owner. This conversation feels raw and like it can't really be wrapped up with a catchy tag-line, but it needs to be shared nonetheless.

The other day as I was talking to some friends about business strategies for marketing and social media, one friend said, "If you don't have a financial goal/plan, then it's just not a business, it's a hobby." That comment felt like a slap in the face and simultaneously my desire to share the message that entrepreneurship isn't a one size fits all thing. While there is a black and white line between filing what you do as a business legally, there is so much gray area in the in between about when something you've created out of passion is a business.

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Beating The Imposter Monster

I want to personify imposter syndrome as a monster for a minute...a big, scary monster that sneaks in and preys on our doubts and insecurities. A monster that makes us feel like we are fakes and frauds. A monster than hides in our deepest fears and holds us back from doing incredible things. A monster who looks like us so closely that it's hard to know where it ends and we begin. 

Have you had an encounter with this monster?

Everyday we have to do dozens of things. Some that we have to think about and some that we don't, because we do them so often. Every now and then when we begin to do something new or something outside of our normal routine, the monster strikes and points out all the ways we are not qualified and will surely fail. 

Have you ever felt like you shouldn't be the one doing what you're doing? Like for some reason you aren't qualified and everyone else is all of the sudden going to figure it out? Imagine this like the dream where you walk out on stage to speak and realize you're naked...except this time you aren't physically naked, but others can see right through you and they are all realizing you're not as qualified as they thought.

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The Mental Cost of Small Business
Aristotle said that, “No great mind has ever existed without a touch of madness."

Is it just coincidence that the most brilliant minds are sometimes the ones that struggle the most? I don't think so at all.  There has been a lot of great research by psychologist Michael A. Freeman of the University of California on this very subject. 

People who are creatively wired are often more predisposed to struggling with mental illness at a higher rate. Freeman states that, "People who are on the energetic, motivated, and creative side are both more likely to be entrepreneurial and more likely to have strong emotional states."

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