The documentary “The Mole” by Danish documentarist Mads Brügger about North Koreas dodging of UN sanctions is not only brilliant and important in its own newsworthy self. It also has an important lesson for entepreneurs.
In the documentary the importance of the debrief is touted; when you have been undercover and alone for years, you need to have someone you can talk to about your experience in order to get back to normal and – to some extend – keep your sanity.
I think the same goes for entrepreneurs;
Entrepreneurship can be an extremely lonely game. There are a lot of times, where the challenges are mounting, they need to get solved in a good way – and the only one on deck to make sure it happens is you.
It brings not only long, long hours. It brings sleepness nights. It brings detachment from your loved ones, because you’re thinking about the fix you need to come up with rather than be present in what you’re doing.
It is lonely. L-o-n-e-l-y.
A lot of time you may feel like you have little to win but everything to lose, and the pressure just build and build.
Unless you have an outlet for it. Someone to talk to.
Someone in charge of your debrief.
Someone on point to keep you track, sane and balanced in your life. So you can keep up doing what you’re doing (and most likely love doing anyway) without crashing against the wall.
So make sure you have a great debriefer in your life. It is that important.