In the past, it was mandatory policy to avoid any entrepreneurial ventures as an employee because undivided attention was required at work. Many employers argued that juggling the two would make one compromise on their work performance and thus drag the company behind. This premise holds true on one hand because it really takes a cool and balanced mind to juggle entrepreneurship and employment. However,
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It’s easier said than done
Of course, we’re merely scratching the surface if we don’t delve into the experience thereof. Let’s start by looking at different jobs which differ with ranking as well as career choice and employer regulations. For instance,
- A surgeon might have a pretty rough time trying to juggle entrepreneurship and employment.
- Same case applies to a banker whose entire day is spent inside the bank except of course during lunch breaks.
These are just but a few examples of tasking careers that would make the juggle almost impossible. Until you consider the fact that…
People get immersed in their activities on different levels
Those who practice meditation understand what it REALLY means to be focused. For instance,
- When you’re at work, not a care in the world comes to mind. 100% of your focus is at work so much so that it almost feels like your entire life has been compartmentalized into this single activity called work.
- You’ve got to admire such kind of people because their pin point focus can be likened to flipping channels on TV.
- I mean, you can’t watch CNN and BBC on the same television set at the same time, unless of course some technicalities are involved.
The World is Increasingly Overflowing with Distractions
If you consider your entire life, then you’ll be stunned at how complex life is at the moment:
- Family, work, kids, bills, the groceries and on and on it goes.
- Apply this to the intricate details of the entrepreneurship-employment juggle and you’ll find that this is indeed not a game.
- You risk derailing both aspects of your career if you don’t learn how to rise above distractions and focus on that thin line called a healthy balance.
So let’s head straight over to the main agenda at hand and ask ourselves,
How Does One Strike a Healthy Balance between Entrepreneurship and Employment?
1. Narrow Down on your Present Concerns
This should be your main prerogative:
- You need to sieve out any unnecessary issues and concerns that can potentially cloud your judgment.
- Earlier we mentioned how distractions are growing exponentially, and I can assure you that they will as you ascend up the career ladder.
- Just look at the most important people in the world today. We’re tempted to regard them as snobs who never think about us. Sorry folks, I don’t mean to sound harsh but if you’re not part of their main prerogative then you’re just a distraction.
- So really, if your career is going to be a juggle between entrepreneurship and employment, then you need to narrow down on your present concerns, be it in your personal or career wellbeing.
- Suffice to say, when you tell people that you’re busy; don’t let your priorities betray you.
2. Delegate Tasks if you Must
Narrowing down your present concerns doesn’t mean that you neglect important things beyond your career. For instance,
- You might find yourself neglecting the kids back at home simply because you doubled your career load by juggling entrepreneurship and employment.
- This is totally unacceptable and the kids might grow up to resent you for your absenteeism.
- So really, delegation is key here. Take shifts if you have to and learn to involve people you trust in your life.
- That’s why we’re advised to be sure of ourselves with every career step we take.
- Case in point, if you want a family, then be prepared to strike a healthy balance between your career and personal life.
- Therefore, don’t neglect any important facet of your life and delegate if you must. After all, no man is an island.
3. Avoid Unnecessary Conflicts of Interest
What is balance? Control! There has to be boundaries when it comes to entrepreneurship, and the same should apply to employment. If you want both aspects to progress at a balanced pace, then don’t let one interfere with the other:
- We’ve talked about narrowing down your priorities to avoid overwhelming your mind.
- We’ve also mentioned the fact that delegation of tasks might be inevitable both in your career and in your personal life as well.
- Now we cap it off by avoiding any unnecessary conflict of interest.
- If you’re at work, strictly focus on work despite the alluring concerns of entrepreneurship.
- Similarly, when you’re dealing with your entrepreneurial venture, don’t let work matters interfere with your progress.
- If the day was bad at work, don’t extend it to your entrepreneurial venture or your personal life. Leave your anger at work, and be jovial at your entrepreneurial venture.
- We can go on and on about creating boundaries between the two but the bottom line still remains, avoid any unnecessary conflicts of interest.
- Trust me; they’ll derail any prospects you have at attaining a healthy balance between entrepreneurship and employment.
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Ultimately, no one’s perfect and mistakes will be made. But that doesn’t mean that mistakes cannot be avoided. Repeating mistakes might be a human imperfection, but don’t let it become a habit. Perfection might be a controversial myth, but excellence is a must.