Small business owners and entrepreneurs are known for their optimism. They are the dreamers of the world, who come up with new ideas and innovative solutions to problems. Not only that, but they are also the doers of the world. Despite the challenges that lay ahead, they set out on that long, winding path with hopes of making those dreams a reality.
But all of this dreaming and doing can take a toll on a person. While we try to move forward optimistically, we also torment ourselves by focusing on past mistakes, the things we haven’t achieved, and the comparison of where we are versus where we thought we’d be by now.
It is actually quite common for entrepreneurs and small business owners to have moments of sadness and depression. Slowly, more and more are coming out about depression, removing both stigma and stereotype.
Ramon Ray Captured a short video where he comes out about his own feelings of depression and anxiety. Enjoy this short video.
Being an entrepreneur has never been more desirable but the fear of failure and pressure to succeed can push entrepreneurs into the ‘black dog’ of depression.
“You have gifts to share with the world. You are not alone. You are not flawed. You are human.”
Supportive thoughts you need to know
- Everyone feels depressed from time to time, so you are not alone.
- It is good to acknowledge your feelings, and when you share these feelings with others, you will not only get support but help others to know that they are not alone too.
- These feelings are temporary.
- You can always find strength in spirituality, religion, and prayer.
- Keep in mind that sadness can be seasonal too. Winter blues is a real thing.
- Entrepreneurship is full of highs and lows…and we need the lows to fully appreciate the highs.
- Your character is defined by how you handle adversity, not success.
- Times of adversity and disappointment are often stepping blocks to future success. They are often signs that something great is on the horizon.
- You can choose your own mind set, so make a conscious choice to change your focus.
- You can choose your direction too. Keep moving forward, step by step, by doing something every day, no matter how small, to get closer to your goals.
Watch Ramon’s SXSW Talk on “How Entrepreneurs Can Overcome Depression
References and Credit: Smart Hustle Magazine, Ramon Ray, The Hustle