A key employee quits, a big client delays payment, a bank won’t renew your credit line… running a business is no easy feat. A crisis can pop up at any time, and as the owner, you are ultimately responsible for making sure it is handled. If you are lucky you have a great team who can handle a lot, but at the end of the day, the responsibility is on your shoulders. The ups and downs of entrepreneurship can be brutal, and these are not feelings you can easily share with anyone. Sometimes it is hard to even share those feelings with your spouse if they are also stressed over this new business endeavor.
In 2014 I experienced a very tough year, my relationship with business partner fell apart and I was diagnosed with a serious medical problem. I was lucky that I was part of a CEO peer group, they helped me with the crisis in the business and emotional support by just being there for me. I never thought about seeing a therapist, at the time I felt like I was underwater and just fighting to get air. After about nine months my future-wife asked me to see a therapist and I am so grateful she did. The therapist helped me gain perspective and process a lot of emotions that I had swept to the side while I tried to fix the business crisis. You can read my full story and experience with therapy here. I would urge any entrepreneur going through something to find a therapist and make time to sit down with them. I promise it will help!
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Click here and share your story with our community of entrepreneurs. There is still a stigma around therapy when there shouldn’t be. It is helpful to talk to someone who has no agenda and who you are paying to listen and help you see what you can’t see, or choose not to see. If you are in a bad place feel free to reach out to me too, I am happy to talk and share some stories.