As I embark on this new, exciting journey to becoming a successful entrepreneur I can’t help but notice how it is changing my social life. I can count on one hand how many times I went out this semester, but I was so focused that it didn’t phase me. As a young adult in undergrad, going out and partying is a significant part of my college experience. I never had the normal “college experience” because I go to school in NYC, I commute from home, and I am apart of the dance program.
I used to feel like I was missing out if I didn’t go out and I was letting the golden years of my youth slide by. However, something changed over the past 6 months and I haven’t been happier!
5 Reasons Being A Successful Entrepreneur Is Changing Your Social Life:
1. You’re committed
You create a business because something inside of you propels you to help others and to be your own boss. It takes a lot of commitment and focus to create a successful business, so it is natural that you are going to miss a few, or even many, social events.
You’re committed to the work and getting it done because when you work for yourself, if you don’t make it happen you might not eat… That’s a little drastic, but it is true.
You’re an entrepreneur because you believe in yourself, so you want your business to get to the next level. Thus, sometimes work trumps social events. Not all of your friends will be understanding right away and they might even chastise you for opting out. It is new territory for a lot of them because they are not accustomed to the business you yet, but real friends will understand your hustle and let you feel bad for it.
2. You’re not attached to your phone as much
You’re so committed to the task at hand that you can completely disregard your phone for extended periods of time. Or you use your phone mostly for work purposes. If you’re building a business the way you approach social media has shifted. So, you might not respond to people as quickly or be so concerned with going to the latest event. I’ve realized I don’t know the latest celebrity gossip or watched my friends’ snapchats because I don’t have the time. My priority is getting my work done, so everything else has to take a back seat.
3. You handle your finances differently
Being an entrepreneur can be hard on your finances a first, because you’re funding everything. So, you can’t spend like you used to. You need to cut back and mind your business first and then everything else. What you eat and how you live depends on the revenue of your business, like I said if you don’t work hard you might not eat. So, you pick and choose how much you go out because the money you spent going to the club could easily have gone to paying for advertisement or a web designer.
It really boils down to priorities. Your priorities take a huge shift when you become an entrepreneur. You have a business that you are proud of and your brand is a reflection of you. So, your financial choices need to reflect this. You know you are not missing out if you don’t go out for a week or two because you are building your empire instead.
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4. You build new friendships
It is natural for you circle to change as you become successful. You are going to meet new like- minded people as you start your business. It’s so important to build connections with people who think like you and share your level of motivation. You might not see your old friends as much, but that doesn’t mean you value you them any less. We have friends that help us with different things. Your old friends will offer something different than your new friends because they know you on a deeper level. Your new entrepreneurial friends are there to help hold you accountable and share golden ideas.
Every successful person also has a mentor that they look up to. I am sure even Oprah Winfrey has a mentor. I believe strongly in mentorship because it is so important to have someone how has been where you want to be and can help guide you to a new level.
5. You just don’t have the time
It takes time to build a business, especially a successful one. You don’t have time to go out every weekend if you have things to handle with your business.
Before, if I missed a gathering or didn’t go out for a few weeks I felt like I was missing out. Now, since I’m so committed and preoccupied I honestly don’t care as much. The people at the club or at the party are not going to help me run or fund my business. I don’t need to go out every weekend to feel validated as a young person living life.
Now is this such a bad thing? No!
You shouldn’t feel bad because you’re changing. Your real friends will understand if you slow down going out, but you have to be honest and upfront. You can’t keep bailing on them because you don’t want to let them down. Let them know that you are minding your finances and building your business.
Don’t get me wrong, I do enjoy my life and go out, but I have slowed down a lot these past few months. I do think it is important to enjoy yourself and you should not be locked in your room for a year without any social experiences because that is not healthy either. However, there is nothing wrong with building your brand/ empire and not going out as much.
Over To You…
Have any other entrepreneurs experienced this?
Do you have any advice for new entrepreneurs going through this social change?
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