I’ve seen this happen so many times.
Entrepreneurs breath life into a business because (1) they see an opportunity and (2) they’ve got mad skills or knowledge in the area of need.
The business grows mightily, then one day, the entrepreneur wakes up and says, “what the hell am I doing? And why don’t I want to go to work anymore?”
Just because you brought it into the world and spent all your time, money and energy getting it to where it is, doesn’t mean you should keep investing in keeping it alive. At least, not under your watch.
You change over time. What you thought your business would be evolves to what the market will sustain.
Sometimes this remains well-aligned with who you are, how you want to live your life and what you want to build. Other times, not.
There’s no shame in saying “things have changed,” then taking the actions necessary to allow you the space to redirect your energy toward something better aligned with who you are, what you want out of life, and how you wish to contribute to the world.
The last brick and mortar company I founded was a flourishing yoga center and teacher training institute in New York City. We had a vibrant community with thousands of students from all over the world. We were strongly profitable and I had a great management staff that allowed me to work only about 5-10 hours a week.
But there came a time where I stopped wanting to go into work. Where I felt increasingly disconnected from the community I’d built. Where the original plan for the business had evolved and enough of the assumptions that drew me to it had been proved wrong that it wasn’t the venture or adventure I thought it would be.
Equally important, this beautiful community needed a steward who was more invested than me. They deserved that much.
So I sold the company. Taught my last class, trained my last group of teachers, turned over the keys and walked out the door. It was time. And it was the right call. Both for me and for them.
Question is…what about you?
We get so wrapped up in finishing what we started, we forget to ask if the thing that led us to start still exists.
Maybe the need has evolved. We’ve evolved. Assumptions that drew us to a market or solution were proven wrong. And even though we’ve adapted to create a successful venture, that adaptation stripped what drew us to the quest in the first place.
So, yes, maybe you gave birth to something powerful, something that matters to others.
But does it still matter to you?
Is your BABY still your THING?
Ask the question. At least once a year.
And if the answer isn’t a resounding, visceral yes. Explore why.
Then do what you need to do to get back to yes.
As always, curious what you think…
P.S. – We’re not talking about “real” babies, here! Whole different set of rules there. lol.
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