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These Female Founders Put Health First to Thrive in Business

Entrepreneurship is not easy. The idea many people have of the “lifestyle” of an entrepreneur may be one of freedom and power, but the reality is a little more nuanced than that. You don’t just need to invest capital; you need to be able to fully invest yourself, and that means being healthy. Mary Deelsnyder with Entrepreneur sat down with four women founders to discuss the ups and downs of being an entrepreneur. The women discuss the different demands on their time, working long hours, the importance of balance, and how choice fuels what they do–which is free and powerful. Click through for the full interview. – If you were to believe the headlines about entrepreneurship, you’d think it was the sexiest job around. A job of passion and wealth. Pick something you love, find a venture capitalist, sell before you’re 30 and live the good life.

If only it were that easy. The reality of entrepreneurship is that in order to have this lifestyle, you have to ensure that you have the physical, mental and financial health — and be invested in the long game.

When you ask an entrepreneur what a typical day looks like, one theme emerges: She is always working. There is no happy hour at 4 p.m. on a Friday afternoon, because she doesn’t “clock out” that early. At 4 p.m. on Friday, her day may only be getting started. Most likely, she’s working into the evening and preparing to work over the weekend. Personal relationships can be strained if the non-entrepreneur in the relationship needs a lot of time from the entrepreneur. If friends and family aren’t understanding of the limits on an entrepreneur’s time, they likely won’t be in that relationship for very long.

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