The Emotional Journey of Creating Anything Great

Warning! This post may free you of angst, depression and feeling like you are losing it in your entrepreneurial journey!

How are you feeling, entrepreneur?

Chances are that as someone who's creating something great, you're feeling SOMETHING this morning. You may also feel like an oddball because no one around you understands.

Well, baybeeeeeee, I TOTALLY get it. And not only do I get it, I'm here to share this great journey map created by John Saddington, appropriately titled: The Emotional Journey of Creating Anything Great. You can see John's full blog post about it here.

For many of us, we are the first generation of entrepreneurs in our families. My mom was a Teamster (a New York Teamster at that!) and not coincidentally, I went straight from high school into a job with the Federal Government and then before transferring to study at Cornell I was also a union member OPEIU Local #2 AND employee-American Federation of Teachers (at your service lol)!

"Getting a good government (or union) job," was long thought to be safe.

But guess what?

Economy and recessions and crashes aside, all of us aren't built to crave safety. You and I are built 'different'! We crave freedom, choices, the joy and pride of creating something and serving it to the world (for a profit! or at least to make a positive impact)!

Am I right?

OK, so back to feeling Emo!

As entrepreneurs, side hustlers (employees with one foot in the 9-to-5, while our mind and heart are in our 5-to-12 midnight) and wantrepreneurs (you want to start a business but don't know where to start) depending on where we are along our journey we can be experiencing emotions that aren't understood by our loved ones, and heck, we may not even understand ourselves.

Which is why I was so excited to come across the map and 12 feelings listed below.

And even those feelings may not be a cha cha, sometimes we take 2 steps forward and 1 back.

Do any of these experiences resonate with you?:

  1. This is the best idea ever!

  2. This will be fun.

  3. This is harder than I thought.

  4. This is going to be a lot of work.

  5. This sucks and I have no idea what I’m doing.

  6. #%@}!!!!!!!

  7. Okay, but it still sucks.

  8. Quick, let’s call it a day and say we learned something.

  9. Hmm…

  10. Hey!

  11. Wow.

  12. This is one of the things I am most proud of.

Do you feel seen? Did reading these make you feel a little more "normal"? A little less isolated or 'weird'? I surely hope so. Let me know! reply or email me here.

Below, I've also shared the visual of what this map looks like, AND, in my research I came across a version with a "public perception" edit.

Do you feel like you're underachieving, while at the same time your friends and family are celebrating you and your accomplishments? Whew chile! The struggle is real...and you are not alone!

Have a great week and remember, around these parts...


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