Being an Entrepreneur Means You Only Sleep When the “Baby” Sleeps

Parent watching baby sleep

I went to LinkedIn early this morning looking for inspiration for my next post. …Early morning is my favorite time for LinkedIn because that’s when you catch the entrepreneurs.

Oddly, I flashed back to my son’s birth while I was noticing these motivated and energetic LinkedIn users contributing their thoughts and sharing their expertise.

I began to think about why successful entrepreneurs usually appear most on social media during early coffee time. I believe it’s because they use their coffee time to catch up on the world. You don’t see them during the day on Social Media because after that coffee, they switch to 100% focus on their business  (unless their business IS social media!).

So that somehow had me remembering how during those first few weeks after my son’s birth, my husband and I thought we might never see the luxury of a full night’s sleep again for a very long time. We were pretty much right! We also coveted the ability to shower as needed, eat a full meal, and yes, even use the restroom when nature actually called and not when it was convenient for our infant son.

I remember telling people how the first 2 weeks with a newborn was a bit like taking the hardest 80 hour work weeks you ever had and multiplying by 3, and sometimes 4. At least on those 16 hour days at work, you got to just “die” on your bed until the next morning! Not with an infant… If the baby is awake, so are you – even if you haven’t  slept. If they are hungry, it doesn’t matter if your own meal isn’t cooked, the baby must eat now… and so on.

But you don’t care. It is physically hard, but emotionally? No. The joy that child brings far outweighs any of the losses of a previous lifestyle. All your previous priorities take a major back seat to the wonder of this new life.

I now know that having a baby was fantastic training for entrepreneurship. The joy from the prospect of success doing what you enjoy as your own business far outweighs the long days and nights, the un-showered mornings, the lost days, even some lost friends who have no patience with your latest obsession.

Your best idea can’t wait until the next morning. Your inspiration for your next article or artwork might be gone after you go out to the movies with friends. The words flowing through your fingertips onto the keyboard won’t let you stop to go reheat your coffee or eat.

But when you’re done, it’s exhilarating! And you can’t wait to get started on the next project or challenge!

Entrepreneurs, just like new parents, can only sleep when their “baby” sleeps.

6 thoughts on “Being an Entrepreneur Means You Only Sleep When the “Baby” Sleeps

  1. Loved this article on so many levels! You really had my number! I am an entrepreneur and I do all my reading in the morning. This article was the best article I have read in so long. Raising a business is the equal to raising a child. You have to give it everything you have inside you, even at times when you have nothing left. The hope is for it to one day stand on its on so you don’t have to work so hard at it.

    Thank you for this Hania!! I will be following you from now on!

  2. Loved this article on so many levels! You really had my number! I am an entrepreneur and I do all my reading in the morning. This article was the best article I have read in so long. Raising a business is the equal to raising a child. You have to give it everything you have inside you, even at times when you have nothing left. The hope is for it to one day stand on its on so you don’t have to work so hard at it.

    Thank you for this Hania!! I will be following you from now on!

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