Depression and the Solopreneur

It’s never easy, but you’ve got to deal with it

People talk about managing depression all the time, but when you’re a solopreneur you don’t have the luxury of talking about it, much less allowing yourself the time to experience it. It’s all about push, push, push. You can’t stop long enough to really acknowledge it. If you don’t get up and make the doughnuts nobody’s going to do it for you.

Your staff relies on you. Your clients rely on you. Your family relies on you. The entire company relies on you. I think this is why people are taken so offguard when a well-known business person commits suicide from depression. Their “fans” and friends never knew they suffered. Of course no entrepreneur is going to let their clients know that they have this problem and they don’t show those weaknesses to their employees either.

I could go on and on here with platitudes about things like “buck up and get on with it!” “This will all blow over.” And my personal favorite “what have you got to be depressed about?” Some entrepreneurs have told me that they’ve been told to work through it, but that’s a deception. You can’t work through it. You’re just hiding it until you have time to look at it when you’re alone.

And that’s when it’s scary. Because that is the only time that you could actually think about it and perhaps act on it. It’s usually late at night when you’re home alone and there’s no one around to talk you through your crisis points. So you get into the whirlpool of self-talking. Again you’re alone. You’re solo. That means there’s no one to talk to you out of being depressed but yourself, and your true strength really shows through. In order to be successful we have to accept that we have weaknesses.

Depression is a weakness and a disease. If it was a problem with our company we would go to the ends of the earth to solve it. When it’s an issue for ourselves? It takes a back seat. But we must realize that personal depression is a problem for the company and must be resolved for the health of the company. Treat it like any other problem within the company and you will quickly see that it becomes more profitable to get help then to not get help.

And so, to support the company, go out and get some help. Many solo-preneurs find that getting help frees them to go back to what they love about the company they started in the first place. Getting help is not a selfish decision. It’s essential to the health and well-being of yourself and your company