Entrepreneurship is an exciting adventure, although a stressful one. Your business will likely face ups and downs, achievements and challenges, and more twists and turns than you could ever expect. Your business partners will come and go, competitors will rise and fall, and your core idea will undergo an evolution until it’s almost unrecognizable even for yourself. But despite all those obstacles, stressors, and points of vulnerability, the riskiest and most dangerous part of entrepreneurship isn’t what can happen to your business–it’s what can happen to you.
I asked my friends on my instagram page to enumerate the challenges and personal risks which they are facing in their own job so we can begin to discuss these issues. I am humbled and ever so thankful for the participation and efforts of my friends on Instagram who inspire me daily. Below you will find my own list of risks you’ll take on when you become an entrepreneur, many that I have experienced personally throughout the course of my career. I hope that the advice that I have underlined at the end of each point proves fruitful for you and that you do not have to face any of these challenges as I have. But even if you have or you will, know that there are steps you can take to be less stressed and to live a better quality of life, all while still pursuing your passion.
No matter how passionate you are about your business, your personal health and well-being have to come first. If you allow yourself to deteriorate, your business won’t be able to survive, and you’ll be left with almost nothing to carry forward. If you make the time and effort to take care of yourself, entrepreneurship is a rewarding, enriching journey.
Prioritize yourself, and everything else will follow.