by Tumi Frazier, founder of Tumi Frazier International
While passion doesn’t necessarily guarantee business success, it is one of the key and essential ingredients in entrepreneurship. It is your passion that determines your level of commitment and enables investors to have confidence in your vision, it is your passion that attracts customers and motivates you and your team to keep going during tough times.
Essentially, when you have passion you breathe in positive energy, excitement, enthusiasm and fire up commitment to succeed regardless of any obstacle. However, the same passionate disposition that drives you as an entrepreneur toward success can sometimes consume you if not properly managed. According to Psychologists, business owners are vulnerable to the dark side of obsession. Basically, given our passionate disposition and the business pressures we deal with, we are more likely to also experience the strong emotional states such as despair, hopelessness, worthlessness, loss of motivation and suicidal thoughts.
So, at what point does passion turn into an obsession? How do you recognize signs of passion that has turned into a deadly obsession with success? One of the most important signs to look for is what other people are saying to you. If family and friends often say you do not spend time with them it may be time to relook at your priorities.
Do you feel guilty and anxious when you take time off work?
Do you work so much that it has negatively affected your health?
Do you always feel the need to check your email the minute you get up or run to the office on your off days to make sure things are running smoothly?
While the last two things can be perfectly fine and healthy in a proper context when running a business. But often they are signs of an unhealthy obsession with work. Spending time with the loved ones and friends including creating time for SELF became part of the mentorship assignments in the Women’s High Growth Accelerator after I discovered that for the most part many women’s lives centered around their businesses only. Some of them ran very successful businesses but at the expense of their families and health.
Psychologists suggest that 85% of our happiness in life comes from our personal relationships. Your interactions and the time you spend with people you care about is a major source of satisfaction that you derive daily. Raising a family, serving at a local charity, playing with kids in the backyard, or going dancing with friends are priceless. So, don’t lose sight of what’s really important.
Tumi Frazier is a South African entrepreneur, professional speaker, author, TV personality, consultant, and founder of Tumi Frazier International, Tumi Leadership Academy, and Tumi Foundation. Tumi is an internationally acclaimed Leadership and Change Management expert who has worked with high profile clients and organizations across Africa, United States and Europe. Tumi has authored 4 books: Courageous Stories of Inspiration; In the Midst of the Storm; Stepping Stones to Success; and Your Moment. Follow Tumi Twitter | LinkedIn
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