I thought this was a great post to kick off the New Year, since most local search pros I know are workaholics and this post gets into some great insight from leaders in the field about work/life balance, making time to stay healthy and taking time for family.
I was emailed recently by Adam Steele, a member of a Local Mastermind Group I’m involved in, and he asked me to participate in a group article/interview called “Do You Have Entrepreneur’s Guilt?” Well I was helping with my daughter’s surgery recovery AND have been sick AND the Holidays were hectic AND to be honest (sorry Adam) didn’t really get the relevance of the topic, so I passed.
Some top local search experts however did take the time to respond, including: Mike Blumenthal, Alex Fusman, Mary Bowling, Darren Shaw, Matthew Hunt and Mike Ramsey.
Adam asks the group questions about something he terms “entrepreneur’s guilt”, then asks questions like: Do you maintain a healthy lifestyle? Do you make time for yourself? How often? With your free time, what do you do? Do you have any work/life balance tips that you can provide? Or is balance a myth?
Why is no one talking about entrepreneur’s guilt? Is it possible people just don’t have a name for it? Perhaps they call it poor work/life balance or being a work-a-holic? For me, neither of those entirely fit the bill. In the aforementioned article, Mary Hirshberg says: “it’s never a solo venture, it always involves a family.” This resonated BIGTIME with me.
I decided to go beyond asking friends and family. I shot out some formal questions to a number of entrepreneurs with significant others, children, etc. that I know. Some of the responses blew me away. So much so I had to make an executive decision not to include some responses in this piece. I will say however, that many were filled with stories of marital dispute, divorce and worse.