As passion-driven entrepreneurs, many of you are able to monetize something you might otherwise do for fun or for free. You know I’ve been handing out awards for this kind of work, yeah?
But wait. Did you just bizness-fy your hobby? Oh, snap.
It should be said: your business is not your hobby.
This has 2 really big implications:
- You need to treat your business as a business, not a glorified hobby.
- You need hobbies. Stat.
“But if I’m doing work I love, do I still need hobbies? I like what I do and how I spend my time for my business.”
Doing work that you love = you’re ahead of the game. But no matter what your work is, you still need a hobby for three important reasons:
1. If you have a hobby, you have some free time.
Your brain, your body, and your business will benefit from you taking recreational enjoyment outside of your work.
2. Hobbies, even strenuous ones, are restorative.
You give a lot in your work and life. Taking time to recharge helps you stay engaged the rest of the time.
3. Hobbies deepen your relationship with yourself or anyone you share the hobby with.
Humans are wired for connection. Knowing yourself and the people in your life gives you a deep charge. Take it.
All of these things are good for the person, good for the business.
Challenge: this week, set aside time to enjoy a hobby, old or new. Share your commitment in the comments!