Have you ever thought that entrepreneurship feels like an addiction? I know I have. I’ve actually thought about it enough that I was curious to see if the medical definition fit us serial entrepreneurs. Ironically enough, it does.
The Mayo Clinic gives 11 signs that warn you someone could be a drug addict; here they are adapted to entrepreneurship.
- Feeling that you have to be an entrepreneur and that regular employment is not suited to you.
- Having intense urges to start your own business.
- Over time, needing to start more businesses to get the same level of fulfillment.
- Making certain you can always do work when you think of it (i.e. obsessive checking of email).
- Spending money on your business, even though you can’t afford it.
- Not meeting obligations and personal responsibilities, or cutting back on social or recreational activities because you’re working.
- Doing things to further your business that you normally wouldn’t do, such as missing your anniversary or your child’s soccer game.
- Driving or doing other risky activities when you’re working on your business.
- Focusing more and more time and energy on getting customers and fulfilling business needs.
- Failing in your attempts to stop working (i.e. on vacations, weekends, after 6pm, etc.).
- Experiencing withdrawal symptoms when you attempt to stop working (i.e. on vacations, weekends, after 6pm, etc.).
From: THE INC. LIFE