Are startups soul sucking? Is entrepreneurship the only route to success? Startups are hard. Entrepreneurship is hard. You spend all your days working on something hard, which has a 90% chance of failure. How can you ensure you enjoy the process? What are some alternatives to entrepreneurship and also being ultra successful?

I read something recently that really resonated with me (if I could think of the book I'd give due credit to the author... will update this answer when it comes to me). Basically, forget about work life balance. It's an impossible goal, whether you're an entrepreneur or not, and just sets you up to feel like you're constantly failing either yourself, your business or your loved ones.

Instead, strive for harmony as you pursue entrepreneurship. Not balance...not perfection... just an acceptance that you can do and have everything you want, but when you're focussed on one thing, you can't be focussed elsewhere.

Harmony is about achieving agreement and is synonymous with cooperation and understanding. With the right communication and compromises along the way, you can pursue your entrepreneurial interests with the support of your loved ones, without anyone feeling like they're being put on the sidelines.

Yes, entrepreneurship will challenge you and push you to the limits mentally and emotionally. It will test your capabilities more than many jobs will ever do. And everything rests on your shoulders. But that's what's so great about it. You discover what you're made of. And you'll amaze yourself with the discovery of what you're made of each and every time. I'll take entrepreneurship over a JOB any day.

I'm happy to hop on a call if you want to discuss your ideas and get clarity on some great paths you could be taking to achieve the level of success you want in your life.

Answered 4 years ago

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