You probably think, “This guy is nuts. Everybody says it is very important to have a good work life balance.”
True. I can’t argue with you on that. Pretty much everybody is promoting a healthy work life balance to be successful.
But I still disagree. When it comes to entrepreneurship, there is no half-ass. You are either all in or you should keep your current employment.
Now, I’m not advocating for you to quit your job if you don’t have any savings and need to feed a family of four. But you need to get a reality-check before you commit to starting your own business.
Now before you leave this blog post, take the time to read on and learn why I feel this way.
The reason why I think there is no need for a balance between your personal life and your business has 3 aspects.
First of all, you need all the time you can get your hand on, when you start.
Secondly, you have to commit and give it your all.
Thirdly, maybe your business will turn into a hobby.
If you’re starting out, you need every bit of time you can get
When you are starting out, you need to find time for that endeavor. If you need to keep your current job, because you don’t have a lot of money in your savings account and have a high cost of living, maybe even a family to feed, then you certainly need to scramble for time.
You can find time in between different activities. You can record your thoughts while driving and then transcript it for example.
But you need to find enough time to make it count. To make a dent in your own universe that will turn your idea into a real business.
So, there is just little time left for balance. That is the harsh truth. But you have to keep in mind that this is just a phase. You will eventually leave this stage and be able to quit your job to spend all of that time on your business.
How can you succeed, if you don’t give it your all?
I honestly think you stand no chance of starting a serious and successful business, if you only give it half of your attention.
I understand that you might need to keep being employed while starting out, which by the way is a very realistic path to start your own business. But aside from that you need to make sure you have enough time to allocate to starting this part of your life.
Maybe you stop watching tv for a while. Maybe you only read half of that newspaper. I’m sure you can find a way to turn your unproductive time into your new venture.
There cannot be a balance of anything at this stage. You need to commit, if you want it. Cut every activity that does not provide any impulse towards your undertaking.
Maybe this is your new hobby
Once you get your new business to fly, you might find that it’s not so bad to spend all this time with your new baby.
If you do this right, you should be very enthusiastic about your new project that works.
And that might make you feel that you don’t really need a balance anymore. Because your business gives you plenty of balance in itself. You should not be worn out from your business, because compared to a 9-5 job, it drives your inner passion and ignites the fire in your eyes.
Just as with any sport that you want to be a professional player in, you have to practice all the time. But because that is who you are, it’s not that bad. You wouldn’t want it any other way.
You might find that this is your new hobby just as much as it is your new job and when you do it right, it might not even be an actual job anymore.
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