Notes from the Silent Barn panel
A nice moment came at the end when an audience member asked how to keep up with the operational aspects of growing a business on one hand while also nurturing the creative impulses that constitute the business’ real value — how to not burn out? Its a great question and prompted me to switch roles. Officially I was the Loan Officer on the panel, describing how business loans at BCoop work. Yet to this last question I responded as a business-owner because, true enough, most of my days are spent trying to keep this organization afloat while ensuring that it is contributing real value to people’s lives. Perhaps the coincidence of my 16th work anniversary here was on my mind.
Starting a business is incredibly difficult, of course, and after that comes the equally hard, but entirely different, work of building it to withstand all manner of expected and unexpected turbulence. Burn-out happens right alongside the moments of victory when you feel like little-tiny you has, just maybe, created something that matters.
What helps me is remembering that it is a blessing even to be in a position to create, to follow a dream, to pour your heart into something that matters. Not everyone gets such an opportunity, and knowing that motivates me to ensure I don’t lose a single moment.