I am teaching and encouraging my students to identify fake news and to question dominant narratives, this builds capacity for critical thinking and self-empowerment and agency. Stories of the hero-entrepreneur are commonly told to encourage us to emulate them but I think, questioning and rejecting this narrative is appropriate. There are two reasons I think this: first entrepreneurship and innovation is the work of cooperative teams, seldom one person; and, second, because working crazy hours leads to burnout, depression, and too often early death. For me: Work sensibly hours. Set in place sensible: sleep, exercise and eating routines. Take holidays, weekends, and breaks. Take time to love your: partners, family, pets… Work on your passion projects. Live!
The article explores the hero entrepreneur mythology and warns against the living of it. I encourage you to read the article and reflect on your true values.