The Solopreneurial Curse of Being Too Ambitious

Constantly challenging yourself: How much is too much?

Anangsha Alammyan


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It’s easy to romanticize quitting your 9-to-5 to “follow your passion.”

But once you get settled in a rhythm, finding things that challenge you is difficult.

As a full-time writer for the past nine months, I’ve managed to automate 80% of my business. I usually get up, tick some set tasks off my to-do list, and manage the people working with me. That’s it.

There’s hardly any scope for newness, challenge, or intellectual stimulation.

This lethargy can set in whether in a 9-to-5 job, as a solopreneur, or as a full-time freelancer. When it happens, it’s essential to set out on adventures that challenge your creativity and push you out of your comfort zone.

My venture outside the comfort zone

That’s what I did last weekend when I performed poetry at an Open Mic event in Hyderabad.

I started my writing journey with poems, but it’s been ages since I performed in front of a live crowd. The experience was terrifying at first, but looking back, I’m so glad I accomplished it.

No, I didn’t enthrall the crowd or make them sit in rapt attention for hours. My…