Culture specialist, serial social entrepreneur, founder coach, business book ghostwriter
Leaders and founders in start-ups have a tough job. There are a lot of things to deal with and they bring up lots of old fears and beliefs. True growth starts on the inside and radiates outwards. I'm a coach with around 20 years of experience and I am a serial entrepreneur myself. My main focus is on purpose-driven businesses and socially sustainable practices.
I love to work with young organizations to determine what their culture is and what they would like it to become. We then co-create a culture manifesto and a path to culture implementation together.
The best way, as has been said a few times, is to start your own venture, however small.
If you don't feel ready for that yet, you might want to look for a leadership position in a small company. That is probably most similar to being an entrepreneur, because you also need a wide variety of skills and you need to think in an entrepreneurial way.
Should the company be in the same field that you want to later start your business in?
There are pros and cons to this:
- It helps to start creating a network
- You learn more about the industry
- It looks good on your CV that you have deep expertise in one industry
- You might run into issues with the non-compete agreement you usually have to sign
- It might be more valuable to focus on style of culture and governance rather than industry
- You will always acquire transferable skills
For me, my morning practice is vital to stay on track and energized. Wherever I am in the world, I start my day around 5.30/6.00 am with a morning routine. At the moment I'm in Brazil by the beach, so my morning practice consists of a 20-minute HIIT-style workout, followed by yoga stretches, Wim Hof, a swim in the sea and then Tony Robbins' priming exercise. But that varies according to where I am, what the weather is like and what I can do outside. I prefer to always go outside or, at least, do my morning practice by an open terrace or balcony door to get plenty of fresh air.
I really notice the difference when I skip my morning practice. It makes a world of difference to my energy levels and general health.
Yes, this is completely normal for a founder.
I won't repeat what has already been said in other answers but instead I'll answer from another angle.
Entrepreneurship is all about personal growth. If you want to be a successful entrepreneur, it requires an openness and willingness to grow personally even more than professionally. You have to deal with fears, overwhelm, lack of enthusiasm, disappointment, failure, and many other challenging feelings along the way.
I like to see this as an opportunity – the opportunity in adversity.
Since resilience, grit and self-care are vital skills for an entrepreneur to have, each challenge presents you with some valuable lessons to deal with them.
As for fear specifically, I love the brilliant story of going on a road trip with fear by Elizabeth Gilbert. A very effective and creative way to deal with the fear that will always show up when we try to do something new and exciting.
Here's the link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=utW2cq17nBk&ab_channel=SALTProject.
Enjoy and feel free to reach out if you need a coach,