The Results Are In: How Happy Are Entrepreneurs?

Be sure to check out the post that accompanies this article: Praying, Crying, & Eating Chocolate Ice Cream: The 20+ Things Entrepreneurs Are Doing to Survive.

On July 16th, I published the final part of a four-part blog series highlighting my intimate struggles as a first-time startup founder. In that final post, I included a survey that any entrepreneur could complete, if they were also interested in sharing insights about their personal experiences as a founder. About two weeks ago, on August 1st, the latest survey response came in, and at this point, I think it’s time to share the results.

In total, there were 20 responses from entrepreneurs dispersed across the U.S. and various parts of the world. Obviously, this is an incredibly small sample-size, but I do think it’s worth sharing these initial findings, for those who may be interested.

Location of Respondents

11 in the U.S.

  • Nashville, TN
  • Chicago, IL (x 2)
  • Oakland, CA
  • East Bay, CA
  • San Francisco, CA
  • Brooklyn, NY
  • South Brunswick, NJ
  • New York, NY
  • New Orleans, LA
  • Baltimore, MD

5 outside the U.S.

  • Melbourne. VIC, Australia
  • Berlin, Germany
  • Vancouver, Canada
  • Natal, RN, Brazil
  • India (city not provided)

4 did not provide a location

Are there any issues you faced in the past, or are currently dealing with, that are not on the list above?

The following are direct quotes from survey respondents.

  • I need to get married at some point, but even just dating is not even on the radar
  • Survivor’s guilt
  • Discrimination is a very broad term. Sexual harassment and generic harassment in grad school definitely colored my emotional landscape, as did growing up in an immigrant blue collar home.
  • Imposter syndrome all the time, worrying about not knowing when to quit / throw in the towel / admit that I tried, took a risk, but am not cut out for it, worries about setting out the intention of being self actualized but not having what it takes to get there
  • Feeling like a fake/fraud
  • Fear of what my identity would be without my startup
  • Struggling to find time and motivation to date
  • Anxiety re burning professional relationships if I bring former colleagues into our team and we fail
  • Lack of time to take care of personal needs such as exercise, meditation, academics etc.
  • Being outgoing but needing to recharge by being introverted
  • Pressure from outside and pressure from inside the startup/the team
  • Difficulty finding the right business partners. Balancing a current pay my bills job with working on building new products. Simplifying big projects into small steps that can be done after hours. Preventing burnout.
  • Having sex/dating because I am way too obsessed with my startup to want to date anyone

Check back to my blog later this week, when I’ll publish the rest of the survey results, along with my personal analysis of these findings. Also, if you want to take the survey, it’s still open for business.


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