Entrepreneurs who sacrifice fitness or relationships whilst focusing on their start-up have it wrong

Should you sacrifice fitness or relationships for your start-up?

There is an often cited maxim, supported by a diagram such as the one below, that when it comes to being an entrepreneur you can’t have it all. Instead you can pick two of: Business success (Wealth), Fitness (Health), or Family (Love).

Wealth-Health-Love Triangle

This is further supported by articles calling ‘bullshit’ on the ability to have it all / a work-life balance.

This is sad, worrying, and untrue!

What’s really happened is that the author has failed to do it, so rather than look at what others who have achieved it did differently, they become cynical. They decide that if they can’t do it, nobody can.

Yet there are lots of people who HAVE achieved balance and success. Few entrepreneurs are able to live it from the beginning (if they do it’s generally because they have a great mentor), whereas most (I include myself) take a few years before we figure it out. Of course some people never do, and some people don’t even aim for it.

I encourage you to aim for all three (health, love and wealth), and learn how others have done it to achieve it yourself too.

Don’t make the mistake of putting one area of your life on hold until later… 

A friend of mine has owned a business for over 15 years. He’s poured huge amounts of his time into it, and it has made him some money as a result. However, he didn’t design the business with a vision of his life in-mind. As a result, he has two teenage girls who he doesn’t really have a relationship with. They call him by his first name, and he regrets all the mornings, evenings and weekends that he wasn’t home because he was working. He wasn’t clear on what he wanted from life, and now it’s too late to build that relationship.

I regularly get approached by people after events I speak at who tell me their stories of how they’ve ended up in divorce with limited access to their children, and how they wish they could turn back the clock.

Don’t fall into this trap. Instead learn how others maintain the balance, and strive for it yourself.

About The Author

Alexis Kingsbury

Alexis is founder of the Parentpreneur Accelerator and Making Greatness Ltd. He is a serial entrepreneur, with experience creating start-ups in a variety of areas, particularly in SaaS and EdTech. He is also a lucky husband and proud dad, and now helps other 'parentpreneurs' like him to achieve their dreams of having successful businesses, making a difference in the world, and spending time with the people they love.

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