The Psychological Price of Entrepreneurship No one said building a company is easy. But it's time to be honest about how brutal it really is Social entrepreneurs suffer widely from burnout, limiting their potential to make change.
Life can be stressful for everyone. For the typical social entrepreneur, the strains of modern living and let’s not kid our self on about the effects of Covid-19 all come with a particular kind of pressure: keeping a business afloat while fulfilling a deep, often unforgiving, personal dedication to a cause.
Social entrepreneurships are intended to drive societal transformations and such entrepreneurs concurrently act to address particular cases of social issues and problems and empower transformational progress throughout the system, sounds easy but the reality is so much different.
The strain that is felt at times is like a vicious circle, you know you should take a break “for your own sanity”, but you can’t. knowing that Unlock Employment can only be growing as fast as I can work on it, Pushing yourself to the limit
Social entrepreneurship is strikingly apart from the present different types of entrepreneurship routes due to its value proposition and the very fact that it gives the money making a heart and a noble social cause.
Also when the penny drops that I was the limiting barrier to achieving more – at the time every minute was vital and valuable just adds to the strain of building a Social Venture, this very realisation of you’re the one holding back what your social venture can deliver.
Now that is a pit I don’t want to go back into.
Social entrepreneurs are tackling the world’s most urgent issues, but they often work under intense pressure in chronically under-resourced environments. As they seek to address the needs of the most vulnerable, marginalized and forgotten, social entrepreneurs and their staff often overlook their own well-being, which in contrast can seem trivial.
Burnout, typically a response to chronic stress, is often described as feelings of exhaustion, cynicism and detachment, been here done that!
Check yourself before you wreck yourself!