Then why is it so common for business owners to burn out, stretch themselves far too thin, and live their lives utterly exhausted?Click to TweetWhy is it so common for business owners to stretch themselves too thin? Join the conversation.
As you probably know, this stop-at-nothing approach to business is simply unacceptable to me—and has been since I was 20—so it continues to baffle me why, for so many people, burnout is a normal part of life.
More importantly, I wonder why no one else is talking about this or trying to change it!
As you know, I’m not the kind of person to push-push-push until I end up in the hospital. I want a business that supports my life, not takes it over. I call this philosophy success without sacrifice.
Although I understand for my own life what success without sacrifice means, I sometimes get tongue-tied when I talk about it! (Like on my most recent interview with Michael Knouse on The Startup Sessions and soon-to-be-released episodes with Kathleen Shannon and Emily Thompson on Being Boss and Adrienne Dorison on The School of Self-Mastery.)
Part of the reason I struggle to put my thoughts into words is that success without sacrifice, by its nature, means different things to different people.
For me, it means getting a full night’s sleep, working no more than 30 hours/week, and having plenty of space to enjoy life. But it might look completely different for you!
And although I have a lot of ideas and opinions about this topic, I don’t have all the answers.
To help you (and thousands of business owners like you) create a business that supports your life, I need your help.
Here some of the questions I’d love to get your opinions on:
- Do you believe that work-life balance is a myth?
- Why do people quit 60-hour/week jobs to run an 80-hour/week business?
- What comes to mind when you hear the phrase success without sacrifice?
- What did you dream your life would look like when you started your business? Does it look like that now? If not, what’s standing in your way?
And most importantly, HOW CAN I HELP??
I want to know your thoughts, experiences, and insights on these questions. I want to know about your beliefs, your inner conflicts, your fears, worries, and desires around the topic of success without sacrifice.
Because I want to help you create a business that supports what you want most—whatever that is.
Together we can create a world where success without sacrifice is the norm. Where burning the candle at both ends is the outdated way of working and building a business that supports our lives is the way smart women do business.
It starts today with your comments and insights. It continues from here, this year and beyond, with talking about how to make these changes both to our lives and the lives of those we love.
Let’s start a revolution. Share your thoughts below.