[INFOGRAPHIC] Being Emotionally Intelligent Promotes Wellness in the Entrepreneur’s Day

The Intensely Emotional Journey of an Entrepreneur

The journey of an entrepreneur is an intensely emotional one. Most of what we see in the mass media about entrepreneurs focuses on the extreme success and related positive emotions enjoyed by a very small percentage of celebrity entrepreneurs. Those of us on the entrepreneurial journey know this coverage portrays just a very small part of what’s really a daily struggle.

According to the Kauffman Foundation, “Entrepreneurs have been showcased, praised, and glorified—in books, TV shows, movies, magazines, and events—to a degree never seen before in history. As a result, “Becoming an entrepreneur is sexy and viewed as a guaranteed success.”

What gets lost in this perspective is the not so exciting day-to-day work that happens behind the scenes to make these successes happen. It’s this more mundane journey that often leads to the more extreme outcomes of success and more often than success, failure.

Entrepreneurship is Not Cool, Not Sexy and It’s Totally Uncomfortable

Eric Ries has become widely quoted as saying, “Entrepreneurship is not cool, it’s not sexy and it’s totally uncomfortable. It’s boring and grueling, and that part is never part of the movie.”

Significant emotional challenges come along with this day-to-day struggle. These daily emotional challenges can be just as difficult to handle as the more intense ups and downs so dramatically featured in the media. How an entrepreneur learns to be intelligent about and work with these emotions on a daily basis can be a huge contributor to the success or failure of an entrepreneur’s efforts.

Emotional Intelligence Adds Wellness to the Entrepreneur’s Day

A big part of increasing my wellness as an entrepreneur has been to become more emotionally intelligent. A big part of becoming more emotionally intelligent is to understand the emotional timeline that characterizes the day of an entrepreneur.

Learning to be aware of our emotions throughout the day, each day, refines our emotional intelligence, making it easier to manage our emotions and the overall emotional journey of an entrepreneur.

What does the emotional timeline of your day as an entrepreneur look like? How is it similar to the timeline shown in the infographic? How is it different? Let’s discuss in the comments.

[INFOGRAPHIC] Emotional Timeline of an Entrepreneur's Day

 

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  • Yup, you nailed it, Chris. That’s pretty much how every day goes for me. The amazing part is that we wake up every morning with our determination restored, willing to go at it again!

    • Chris @ Justrollingwith.it

      Thanks, Bonnie, it’s always helpful to know we’re not alone in this journey! Knowing that I’m going to wake up feeling renewed and refreshed makes the evenings easier. Establishing a firm foundation of mindful wellness has helped me realize that it is possible to wake up renewed and refreshed and for that I’m feeling very grateful.

    • Thanks, Bonnie, it’s always helpful to know we’re not alone in this journey! Knowing that I’m going to wake up feeling renewed and refreshed makes the evenings easier. Establishing a firm foundation of mindful wellness has helped me realize that it is possible to wake up renewed and refreshed and for that I’m feeling very grateful.

  • Excellent summary.

    Something that I found really insightful was from “The One Thing” by Gary Keller. In his book, he points to studies which demonstrates how will-power is in limited supply. Just like an athlete “uses up” their muscles and has to recharge, we can use up our “will-power”.

    This knowledge has really helped me to stay more focused in the morning, and to get my complete 8 hours of sleep at night to recharge.

    • Thanks, I’ve added “The One Thing” to my reading list! I initially read about similar concepts in Your Brain at Work, by David Rock. He uses the analogy of a theater and that there are only so many actors that can fit on the stage at any one time.

      I couldn’t agree more on the importance of focusing the day, here’s how I do it http://justrollingwith.it/more-productive-less-stressful-day/.

  • cat

    YES YES YES. Although some mornings I wake up and feel like the bottom figure. Its hard to keep working when I’m feeling that way. And sometimes I have let those emotions keep me from moving forward. But i have not given up yet.

    • Like @bonnielynch:disqus said below, the amazing this is that we keep at it 🙂 I’ve found that the 5 Minute Journal (http://www.fiveminutejournal.com/) has been a big help in helping restore my optimism before I go to bed at night, by helping me to take time and remember the good things that happened during the day, as well as first thing when I wake up in the morning, to help me remember it’s a new day with new opportunities!

  • Thanks for this post! I AM THAT GUY ! 🙂

    • Any time, it feels great to know we’re not alone on this journey!