One of the hardest aspects of a startup is the constant stress, especially in the early years. Everything is new. Everything is chaotic. There’s no end in sight. Many entrepreneurs give up after six months. Most give up after 12 months.
Here are a few recommendations for entrepreneurs with the stress of a startup:
- Pace Yourself – Remember the cliche: it’s a marathon, not a sprint. Create a work/life blend and figure out how to stay in long enough to win.
- Find a Peer Group – Look to groups like EO and other peer-to-peer organizations to find like-minded entrepreneurs.
- Stop Reading Startup News – Cut out the noise that talks about how great startup XYZ is and how much money they raised — that doesn’t help and only generates more stress. Read positive stories and seek out quiet places.
- Focus on What Matters – Write down a few goals. Pick a milestone you need to hit. Clear out the distractions and focus on what matters.
Startups are stressful. Entrepreneurs need to recognize the challenges of stress and make a plan to succeed.
What else? What are some more thoughts on the stress of a startup?