It is hard being a business leader.
From the outside it is easy to think that they have it all, a business they get to run, the flexibility to make decision they want and the luxury to work or not work as they please.
The reality is often far from this.
The relentless pursuits, never being able to switch off, the stress of bringing in business, paying staff and suppliers, it never ends. There are emotional highs and deep lows.
It can also be a very lonely experience. Not everyone gets what you are trying to build or shares your vision. Not everyone understands the struggles you go through.
It can take its toll.
If you feel the pain, it’s OK. It’s OK to seek help, guidance, friendship, an ear. It’s OK to not be OK. Acknowledge where you are. Put your hand up.
It might be a friend or a family member you can talk to, it might be a mentor you can lean on, it might be professional guidance to point you in the right direction. Ask.
If you or someone you know needs help, the wonderful people at Beyond Blue (Australia) are available 24/7 on 1300 22 4636.