Why “work-life balance”, for an entrepreneur, is bull-sh*t! And it’s okay.

If you’ve been an Entrepreneur even for a day, you’ve been told a couple of things that are no less than blatant exaggeration:


  • Entrepreneurship is hard. (Everything else worth doing is!)

  • You need to start thinking about raising funds right away.

  • What doesn’t kill you, makes you stronger. (But what if it kills you? You should think about that!)

  • The idea has to be Tech-Enabled.

  • You will have no work-life balance (We’ll deal with this one here.)



What is “Work-life Balance”?


Since I am not writing a research paper, I’ll cite Wikipedia as a source.



Work–life balance is a concept including proper prioritising between “work” (career and ambition) and “lifestyle” (health, pleasure, leisure, family and spiritual development/meditation).




Also, they say: “You don’t have it!”


From Entrepreneur Magazine to Forbes; from Open forums to Life Hacker; state, among flashy headlines and thousands of words and hours of reading time, that no matter who you are or what you do, you ultimately don’t have it.



The beautiful thing about Entrepreneurship..


The thing about starting up is that you are doing it by choice. It’s not something you are forced to do. It’s something which, before starting, you put in hours and days of cumulative thought into and initiate only when you self-believed (and hopefully researched) that you’ll want to do this.



The fact that Entrepreneurship is a choice you have consciously made, implies that you like doing what you are doing. A lot of people spend a lifetime to get there..



Somehow, working is perceived as negative:



I’ll not be able to quote anyone or anything here but a part of you agrees with me, right? When someone says “Work-life balance”, you always take it as — You are not giving enough time to your friends & family. You never, never take it as — you’ve spent enough time counting castles around the globe and you should focus more on work now!



There is an inherent assumption here that “working” is taking a toll on you and you need to get a “life” because you are too stressed!





But the important thing is that if you like what you are doing, the line between your “work” and “life” fades away. Working is your life.



Even if you don’t like what you are doing and the line is clear, the point is, anything worth fighting for at your work is going to imbalance your life. Unlike an Audi R8 whose goal is only to run very fast on Tarmac roads, we are generalists. We are designed to do multiple things with average efficiency. You can’t be a good CEO and an amazing home-chef. That’s the bottom-line.



We are designed to possess imperfect variety over flawless focus!


In the end,


I wonder. I wonder that among all the videos you can watch on Ted and listen to Management Gurus in Seminars and read self-help books and come across listicles about work-life balance, no entrepreneur, ever, has sought the same in early years of their attempting to building their ventures. From Elon Musk to Steve Jobs; From Bill Gates to Sir Richard Branson; none of them, a grand total of absolutely zero entrepreneurs have ever mentioned anything worth noting on this subject.



It’s clinically ironical that people who have actually been-there-done-that have never mentioned this while everyone else go rambling around. This only re-installs my belief in the title.



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