We raise successful entrepreneurs to near god status. But, few talk about the real fears they experienced before they made it big.
#5 The Fears Are Real
A Harvard Poll showed that 3 out of 4 start-ups fail. To worsen matters, entrepreneurs often risk their physical health with long hours and poor eating habits.
#4- “Fake It ‘Til You Make It”
There is a resistance among entrepreneurs to show vulnerability. But, the truth is, almost every one of them has at some point, experienced depression, despair, and anxiety that has nearly debilitated them.
#3-A Jack Of All Trades
Entrepreneurs have to juggle a lot of roles and feel setbacks deeply. They have to balance the books and their private lives. No wonder studies show that they experience more anxiety than others.
#2-That’s Not All The Research Shows
Many entrepreneurs share character traits as well. They are motivated, energetic, creative, and more likely to experience mood swings. That can include experiencing depression, hopelessness, worthlessness, loss of motivation, despair and suicidal thinking. No matter your makeup, business setbacks can knock you for a loop.
Tough times often add a layer of resilience to people. They realize that their kids, spouse and even their dog still love them. That’s not to say some don’t need extra care from time to time. Sorting through things with a therapist can do wonders for clearing a head and developing coping skills. Sean Percival, a former MySpace vice president and co-founder of the children’s clothing startup Wittlebee, once penned a piece called, “When It’s Not All Good, Ask For Help.” He urges distraught entrepreneurs to seek professional help: The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline is 1-800–273-8255.