Are You Building A Business That Steals Your Life Away?

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Are You Building A Business That Steals Your Life Away?

by Louise Beattie  - December 13, 2023

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You’ve heard the saying, “Live to work, not work to live,” right?

But how many of us truly honour that?

Especially as Gen X solopreneurs and small business owners.

We dive headfirst into creating our dream businesses.

But here’s the catch.

If you’re unclear about the life you want to lead, your business can consume it.

Picture this: You start a business for freedom.

But end up working 70-hour weeks.

Your dream of independence becomes a 24/7 grind.

I’ve seen it happen too often.

You’re creating a business, yes.

But at what cost?

Is it taking you away from the life you envisioned?

It’s time for a reality check.

Do you want a business that serves your life’s vision?

Or a life that’s dictated by your business?

The choice seems obvious.

But making it a reality? That’s the challenge.

Here’s my advice to all aspiring solopreneurs and small business owners.

Define the life you want FIRST.

Then build your business around it.

Not the other way around.

Your business should be a bridge to your ideal lifestyle.

Not a barrier.

Remember, as a Gen X entrepreneur, you have the wisdom of experience.

And the courage of a risk-taker.

Use these to craft a business that enhances your life.

Not one that eclipses it.

Think about it.

Do you want to look back and see a life well-lived?

Or a business that lived your life for you?

The power to choose is in your hands.

Don’t let your business dream steal your life dream.

You’ve heard the saying, “Live to work, not work to live,” right?

But how many of us truly honour that?

Especially as Gen X solopreneurs and small business owners.

We dive headfirst into creating our dream businesses.

But here’s the catch.

If you’re unclear about the life you want to lead, your business can consume it.

Picture this: You start a business for freedom.

But end up working 70-hour weeks.

Your dream of independence becomes a 24/7 grind.

I’ve seen it happen too often.

You’re creating a business, yes.

But at what cost?

Is it taking you away from the life you envisioned?

It’s time for a reality check.

Do you want a business that serves your life’s vision?

Or a life that’s dictated by your business?

The choice seems obvious.

But making it a reality? That’s the challenge.

Here’s my advice to all aspiring solopreneurs and small business owners.

Define the life you want FIRST.

Then build your business around it.

Not the other way around.

Your business should be a bridge to your ideal lifestyle.

Not a barrier.

Remember, as a Gen X entrepreneur, you have the wisdom of experience.

And the courage of a risk-taker.

Use these to craft a business that enhances your life.

Not one that eclipses it.

Think about it.

Do you want to look back and see a life well-lived?

Or a business that lived your life for you?

The power to choose is in your hands.

Don’t let your business dream steal your life dream.

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About 

Louise Beattie

I help people simplify and accelerate the journey to an independent income doing the work they love (and are proud of) in service of the people they care about so that they can flourish in life and business without getting stuck on the treadmill of constant grind and hustle that gets you nowhere fast.

Louise is a Business Catalyst and Heroic Coach

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