Breaking down the fence between work and life

by | Apr 14, 2021 | Entrepreneurship, Leadership | 0 comments

“The world is indeed full of peril, and in it there are many dark places; but still there is much that is fair, and though in all lands love is now mingled with grief, it grows perhaps the greater.”

― J.R.R. Tolkien, The Fellowship of the Ring

Something interesting I’ve witnessed lately is that for many small business owners, the professional wall between our work and the rest of our lives is very thin, if it exists at all.

This can be a great thing. We can bring our whole selves to work and integrate our lives in unique ways that are more challenging in traditional structures.

It also can be a really hard thing. Pain and anxiety can cross easily back and forth between the different spheres of our lives. It can feel really vulnerable sometimes.

I find myself thinking a lot about how to love my team and clients well when they’re grieving a loss or walking through a difficult life season. We might have a ‘professional’ relationship, but those things are close. And they matter.

I also wonder when to talk about my anxiety in a work setting, and when to process it in the more protected setting of close relationships.

I don’t have the answers, but I think it’s something we should take seriously. The work we do isn’t ‘just business’. The way we show up, our integrity, and our investment in what matters has a direct impact on the lives of other people. We can do so much good for one another. That’s amazing, isn’t it? Entrepreneurship can be a channel for genuine community to flourish.

I’m curious – in your work, how do you navigate this openness between your work and your life? Are there boundaries you’ve set up to keep some things separate? How do you walk through deeply personal things in the context of a working relationship?

p.s. Only two weeks until Eureka Results hits the shelves!