Guilt and the Solopreneur: How to Compromise and Kick Guilt to the Curb

Yapp CEO Maria Seidman recently was quoted as saying guilt is one of the hardest things for entrepreneurs to deal with. The guilt of not putting enough time and effort into your business. Of not giving enough attention to your family and friends. The guilt that you can't be everything to everyone.

How many of us can attest to that?

Guilt is a real bitch and everybody knows it. It's an emotion that keeps you on lock down and prevents you from learning, growing, and being productive. But guilt is also something that can be managed, even learned from.

Before guilt can be wrangled into submission, you must first figure out what's most important. Take a step back and ask yourself: what are the most valued moments in my life? Is it Sunday mornings with the family? Taking the kids to school? Landing a new client? Once you qualify those moments, you can begin to design your life around them — getting a later start so you can see the kids off, increasing your sales and marketing efforts so you can make those client connections, declaring Sunday a true no-work day.

Once you're committed to focusing on what's really valuable to you, you have permission — nay, the right — to sweep the legs of guilt, kick it in the guts, and move on without.

How do you handle guilt in your solopreneurial life?

Source: Flickr user Nick-K (Nikos Koutoulas)