“It is the greatest shot of adrenaline to be doing what you have wanted to do so badly. You almost feel like you could fly without the plane.”
I love this quote from prolific aviator and inventor, Charles Lindbergh. There is no better feeling in the world than to do what you love for a living. Adrenaline is a hormone that can make you feel either super focused or out of your mind, and that’s why as an entrepreneur it’s important to be in touch with that. So that’s how I ended up ziplining in Phuket on a recent holiday.
Now, I don’t consider myself a daredevil. I may have a huge smile on my face in this video, but anybody that knows me knows I always have a huge smile on my face (so it’s not saying much). I was, in fact, totally and utterly terrified taking that first step over jungle oblivion. It’s a scary thought, to be attached only to a rope and completely at the mercy of a few nuts and bolts. But that’s what makes it fun, right? The adrenaline.
That’s what got me thinking about business and good old neurotransmitters. You definitely need to be a risk-taker to be an entrepreneur. Anyone that’s started their own business knows the rush that comes with whipping through problems, crossing items off a checklist and overcoming challenges big and small. Real entrepreneurs are not happy with a complacent and comfy wheelbarrow. They want to reinvent it, revamp it and make it bigger so that there are always new obstacles to be faced with. Some people would call us crazy for all that we put ourselves through. Maybe I am an adrenaline junkie after all.
Of course, my situation is a little unique because I am also living with ADHD. When I start a new project, I can become totally obsessed and sometimes that can get unhealthy. But I’ve seen many, many entrepreneurs over the years without ADHD do the same and even worse. I’ve had to learn to live with my ADHD, and I believe a lot of entrepreneurs out there need to learn to live with their adrenaline.
Adrenaline can push you forward, but too much of it can drain you completely and turn you into an unproductive in the long run. Not only that, but adrenaline can be extremely addictive. You may find yourself creating stress only to start seeing results.
I like these tips from columnist Rhonda Abrams for USA Today on how to manage adrenaline as an entrepreneur. We need to always remain risk-takers but also redefine boredom to continue being successful – it’s not always going to be taking heart-racing challenges and plunging into new investments head-first. Sometimes, it’s just about a lot of solid, honest-to-goodness hard work.
What do you think? Are entrepreneurs, not bungee jumpers and sky divers, the real adrenaline junkies?
As for me, I can’t wait to find another zipline to try!!!