After several moments of entrepreneurial withdrawal, I decided to stop suffering and start formulating a new business concept with a new partner. Likewise, Lane started her second company and called it Zeal to remind herself to always follow her passion. She is also writing a book and making a documentary on woman entrepreneurs. "My life is much more balanced today. I have time for yoga, meditation, and friends and family," she observes. "I can now define my life as successful even without the million-dollar company and lots of employees, because it's success on my terms."
And looking back on Arcus, Seltzer has no regrets, secure in his decision to step away from the business to either renew his commitment to it, or to close the book on that part of his life and open up to something very new. "That was vital to me for peace of mind, and it also resulted in professional and financial rewards."
Seeking both the excitement and passion of a new idea are often recurring themes with second-time entrepreneurs. I, too, wanted to return to the stage where I was coming up with new concepts, right before the business gets rolling. And I realized it was OK for me to go there, because that is where the hearts and minds of entrepreneurs thrive.
Aliza Pilar Sherman is author of Cybergrrl @ Work: Tips and Inspiration for the Professional You(Berkley Publishing Group). She is writing her third book, a motivational book for women in business, for Entrepreneur Press (due Fall 2001).