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In the beginning of my entrepreneurship journey, I used to listen to podcast episodes from founders who were farther along than me.
From episodes about how not to pitch a billionaire to how to name your company (spoiler alert, you need a trademark), I stored every nugget of wisdom I could find, convincing myself it would come in handy for a rainy day.
But there was one episode that caught my attention, so much so that I had to listen to it a few times to grasp the sentiment the podcast host conveyed: a feeling of overwhelm despite experiencing massive success.
In this episode, the podcast host described, in detail, the growing number of sleepless nights he and his partner experienced as their company grew in popularity and profit.
The thoughts that lived rent free in his head ran the gamut, from payroll to business taxes to intellectual property to those pesky subscriptions that all seemed to hit the bank account at the same time without prior warning.
The thoughts confounded me; I didn’t understand how, when one’s dreams were finally being realized, one could find themselves a state of constant agita and aggravation.
And while I didn’t get it then, I certainly understand the sentiment now.
And perhaps you’re starting to understand it too.
So for today, we’re going to discuss another hidden barrier many of us encounter on our social impact entrepreneurship journey: Believing More Success Brings a Bigger Burden.
Whew, this one is going to be chock full of gems, so you may want to save this post for a rainy day.
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Whoever said, "With great power comes great responsibility," might have been onto something.
This truth comes in handy particularly when I am feeling overwhelmed, underwater, or over my head.
It’s a constant reminder that intellectual property is a civil right, and the work I am doing matters.
And what you’re doing matters too.
Here are three reminders to lean on when purpose feels overwhelming.
Remember those days when we started our ventures?
It was all about making an impact, changing the game, and perhaps, like many of our clients, disrupting the culture.
Now, when things are rolling, and it’s all becoming real, it’s time to remember why we started in the first place.
When the going gets tough, remind yourself, it’s not just about you.
It’s about the change we’re making, the lives we’re touching, and the legacy we’re building.
For example, when Firm for the Culture started growing in popularity, what kept me grounded was the belief that the work we do was not just about contracts and trademarks, or about the dance between legality and creativity.
It’s about something bigger, something grander—it’s about impact and transformation.
The work I am involved in, it’s not merely a profession; it’s a calling, a mission. It’s about safeguarding the creations, the innovations that echo the pulse of our culture.
We’ve all had those moments, feeling alone in the crowd, thinking it’s us against the world. But guess what?
We’re not alone.
We’ve got our tribes, our mentors, our friends who get it.
Lean on them, listen to them, and let them remind you, you’re not carrying this load by yourself.
Your support is not just a backup; it’s your backbone.
You started this because you believed in it.
You saw something others didn’t. When it all feels too much, and it seems like every success is just adding to your to-do list, go back to that place.
The place where it all began, where your belief was the only thing you had.
It’s still there, and it’s still your biggest ally.
So here we are, talking about the burdens of success, the hidden barriers we didn’t see coming.
It’s easy to get lost in the hustle, the responsibilities, the constant grind.
But let’s not forget, it’s about more than just dealing with the burdens—it’s about embracing the journey, learning from every challenge, and moving forward, one step at a time.
Because remember, it’s bigger than us.
It’s about making a difference, and doing it our way.
We at Firm for the Culture are here to guide, support, and walk alongside you every step of the way.
How do you keep going when the going gets tough?
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