It is not just to alcohol, gaming, or smoking that you can be addicted to. You can get addicted to being an entrepreneur as well! The only difference is that while alcoholism and gaming addiction are clearly visible, not many people realizing that they are addicted to entrepreneurship. While starting a new business is an excellent idea, starting one new business after the other may actually speak of addiction.
If you are a habitual entrepreneur or if you think you know someone who may be addicted to entrepreneurship, these signs will help you identify the addiction:
You Start Neglecting Your Family
Of course, running a business requires commitment, time, and focus but that is not a reason strong enough to neglect your family. If everything else besides your work is becoming obsolete and if your priorities are related only to your work, it is highly likely that you are addicted to your work.
If you haven’t taken even one day off in the whole year, you are addicted.
You Start Neglecting Yourself
It is not just your family and your social life that you start neglecting when you are addicted to entrepreneurship. You start neglecting yourself as well. You become so lost in business growth management that even taking care of yourself seems like a waste of time to you.
Some people ruin their eating habits, stop exercising, and work even through illness. If you are guilty of any of these, you are an addict.
You Find It Hard To Listen To Others
Whether it is about financing small business or starting another new business or just a small issue, you find it hard to listen to others. You are more interested in talking about your work, your projects, and what is going on in your mind.
Your Mood Depends On Your Work
If your work is going well, you are light hearted and easy going. If there are ups and downs in your work, it immediately reflects upon your mood. Does this happen to you? If yes, you are exhibiting a very strong sign of addiction to entrepreneurship.
Letting your work influence you in such a way that even your mood depends on the way things pan out is downright wrong and strongly shows that you are a little too involved in your work.
Anything Not Related To Your Work Frustrates You
As aforementioned, if you are addicted, you will feel that everything that’s not work related is a waste of time. Moreover, if you are forced to do it, you will easily get frustrated. You get cranky, ill tempered, and anxious when you have to do something that will not help you with your work in one way or the other.
Nothing Stops You
You have quite a few ventures up and about but even financial struggle doesn’t put you down if you are addicted. You may have a lot of difficulty business financing but you simply can’t think of letting go any of your ventures. In fact you won’t think twice before starting a new business even during a financially rough time.
While loving what you do and being passionate about your work is extremely good, letting it affect you in such a way that you think nothing else is important is very bad. They say that too much of something (addiction) is too bad. Entrepreneurship is no different.
Entrepreneurial addiction is a real thing and it affects you in more ways than you can imagine. Identifying the signs early and trying to balance your work with your personal/social life is very important in order to lead a satisfied, happy life.