The pain of stress or emptiness

Sometimes you feel like the pressure is difficult to bear. You feel like there’s too much to do, not enough time to do it, and what you’re doing isn’t producing results.

The resulting stress that each of us feels is exacerbated if you’re a founder who is responsible not only for his individual output but also the output of each of his team members. If they perform, you win as a team. If they don’t, it’s on you for not selecting the right people and motivating them.

At stressful times like this, it’s useful to imagine how the opposite extreme feels like. Imagine that you’re not doing anything and therefore have no responsibilities and no stress. For most of us, we don’t need to imagine this because we’ve lived this at some point in our lives.

The emptiness initially feels boring and eventually becomes painful.

So, the question is not whether you should give into the pain of stress, which is most easily done by giving up. The question is whether you choose the pain of stress or the pain of emptiness.

Also published on Medium.