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But being an entrepreneur is also an emotional roller coaster ride filled with drama, rejection, overwhelm, and discouragement.
We’ve all been there – feeling like you’ve hit rock bottom when the launch you’ve worked on for months flops or when your book proposal is rejected for the thirty-fifth time.
All types of entrepreneurs, including writers, coaches, therapists, lawyers, designers, and actors endure the pain of feeling invisible, soooo far behind everyone else, imposter syndrome, and dealing with internet trolls who write soul-crushing reviews.
Business drama just comes with the territory of being an entrepreneur, but the emotional toll it takes on us is something rarely discussed (hello, mental health stigma).
And because we don’t talk about the moments of failure, disappointment, public humiliation, and fear we experience along the way, entrepreneurs often feel alone… like they’re the only ones experiencing all those messy emotions.
After all, you can only take hearing “no” so many times before you want to stop asking. You can only handle so many meetings, auditions, consultations, emails, and pitches that lead to zero paying clients and a stack of rejection letters before your ego becomes bruised and a voice inside your head says, “This crap is for the birds. Peace out.”
The saddest thing ever is when a brilliant entrepreneur (like you) gives up on her business because she doesn’t know she’s brilliant, or because she gets too bogged down with business drama, or loses passion for her work because of all the emotional ups and downs.
Because the world needs your gifts, knowledge, experience, expertise, and voice. If you let business drama snuff out your light, we’ll all live in a world of darkness.
// What if Robin Williams gave up acting after being rejected after his first few auditions? We’d have missed out on laughing our butts off at Mrs. Doubtfire and Aladdin just wouldn’t be the same.
// What if Katy Perry and Taylor Swift let their year-long rivalry get the best of them and they both stopped recording albums? I don’t know about you, but I don’t want to live in a world without music like Firework and Shake It Off.
// Imagine how awful it would be if Julia Quinn had thrown her manuscripts for Bridgerton in the trash because she didn’t believe her writing was any good. None of us would ever have the intense pleasure of watching those steamy sex scenes between Simon and Daphne.
The world needs your work just as much.
And my guess is that you wouldn’t have started your business in the first place if it wasn’t something you loved doing. You need to keep doing what you love… or infuse some more passion and pleasure into your work if you’ve lost that loving feeling for it.
Here are 4 ways entrepreneurs can build emotional resiliency and overcome business drama:
So, when the going gets tough and your heart starts to hurt from business drama, pull up this list and flex that emotional resiliency muscle.
There are many more ways to build emotional resiliency and manage the twists and turns throughout your business journey.
If you want to learn how, check out this special event for entrepreneurs/authors/artists/creatives hosted by Alexandra Franzen.
This event is a conversation with a panel of mental health experts (including me!) about how entrepreneurial folks can stay healthy, strong, and cope with the unique stresses of self-employment.
I hope you’ll join me there!
In the meantime, go binge on Sweet Magnolias episodes and add some pleasure to your day!