Don’t build a business that steals your life away

by Louise Beattie  - December 13, 2023

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Don’t build a business that steals your life away

by Louise Beattie  - December 13, 2023

Reading Time:  minutes

Welcome to this Forge & Flourish Newsletter for people creating an independent doing the work they love in service of people they care about.

If you would rather not receive these emails or would like to unsubscribe from everything, you’ll find the links to update your preferences in the footer of this email.

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

But how many of us truly honour that?

Especially as solopreneurs and small business owners.

We dive headfirst into creating our dream businesses.

​

But here’s the catch.

If you’re not crystal clear on 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.
​
(Photographers sitting editing all evening, instead of being present with your family, I’m looking at you πŸ˜‰- been there done that bought the t-shirt).
​

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, 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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Speaking from hard-earned experience.
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Until next time, take care

Louise

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Louise Beattie

​Forge & Flourish​

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Welcome to this Forge & Flourish Newsletter for people creating an independent doing the work they love in service of people they care about.

If you would rather not receive these emails or would like to unsubscribe from everything, you’ll find the links to update your preferences in the footer of this email.

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

But how many of us truly honour that?

Especially as solopreneurs and small business owners.

We dive headfirst into creating our dream businesses.

​

But here’s the catch.

If you’re not crystal clear on 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.
​
(Photographers sitting editing all evening, instead of being present with your family, I’m looking at you πŸ˜‰- been there done that bought the t-shirt).
​

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, 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.
​
​
Speaking from hard-earned experience.
​
Until next time, take care

Louise

​

Louise Beattie

​Forge & Flourish​

​

Want to go further down the rabbit hole?

​

​Join the community for solopreneurs and small business owners creating an independent income and time freedom.

​Browse what’s on offer to help you create an independent income and grow your business, and choose your best fit.

Thanks for reading!

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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 Positive Intelligence Coach

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