Why Entrepreneurs Struggle With Addiction (The Untold Story)

Here’s a tale that will make the hair on your neck stand up. (Pun intended)

Yesterday, I walked into the salon for a quick haircut.

(Because the future Ms. so eloquently said “It just looks bad” — yes, I still wear the pants)

Nothing fancy, not a proper salon — after all, it was just a trim.

And as I sat in the raggedy ol’ chair, the hairstylist approaches.

350 lbs. and with the skin of an old football left out in the sun for too long, she asked in a raspy voice, “So, what would you like?”

And It wasn’t what she said, it was how she said it.

She gasped for air before each word, and at the end of each sentence, she let out a deep wheezing noise.

After 60 seconds of this,

I turned to her and said “Are you okay?”

She replies “No. This is what happens when you smoke for 50 plus years.”

My heart sunk.

In her hoarse voice, she continues, “It started out as a stress reliever, then it became an unstoppable addiction. I’ve tried to quit over 100 times.”

Man, oh man.

And you know what’s crazy?

We are so quick to judge,

In fact, when we look at a drug addict, an alcoholic, a gambling fiend, we immediately draw negative conclusions.

Why?

Because it makes us feel better about our situation. We think, “Well, at least we’re not as bad as that.”

But who are we to judge?

We all have addictions, especially the type A go getters who require an outlet.

Aka entrepreneurs.

It’s true.

Most high achievers I speak to have an addiction.

A silent addiction.

And we’re masters at rationalizing it too.

Because you don’t have to stick a needle in your arm, or walk around in a drunken stupor — nobody knows.

That addiction? Is food.

Emotional eating to relieve stress.

A silent killer.

We bottle it up and like every other addict on the planet, we tell ourselves “I know it’s an issue, but I’ll deal with it later”.

And the longer you go, the more you beat yourself up, yet the harder it is to break.

It’s a slow, painful road kinda like Chinese Water Torture — a small drip, drip, drip with no immediate consequences, but over time…

It drives you crazy and it starts to show up, physically.

And ‘quitting’ isn’t as easy as it sounds either.

After all, we have to eat so the cold turkey method doesn’t exactly apply here.

There might not be an overly publicized ‘label’ and it may not show up in the nightly news,

But let me tell you,

It’s a plague.

But the good news is this…it can be stopped.

Some Frank advice?

Break the association.

Begin to view food as fuel rather than an outlet.

No, this isn’t an overnight fix, and it does require change, but if you’re willing to conquer it,

A more present, energetic version of yourself is right around the corner.

I’m here for you.

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