Why This Entrepreneur Hates the Holidays

Entrepreneur Leadership Network Contributor
Co-Founder of inventRight; Author of One Simple Idea Series
3 min read
Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own.

I have a somewhat unpopular confession to make: I hate the holidays.

From what I can tell, most people look forward to enjoying their time off. They are eager to have a few days to themselves, to set their intentions for the next year, to take their mind off of the projects that are stressing them out at work. These people are sane and reasonable.

I am not one of these people.

Yes, I’ve read the articles about the benefits of striking a balance between work and life too. But as far as I’m concerned, the is that you really have to work at having a life if you’re an entrepreneur.

Related: An Entrepreneur's Guide to Surviving Thanksgiving Dinner

For as long as I can remember, I have been obsessed with my work. When I worked at a startup in Fremont, Calif., in the '80s, I slept in my office to get an early start on the day. I can remember hiding behind a cluster of bushes at in order to sneak away from my young children to make a phone call. When we drove around the country when they were in grade school, I can remember holding my out of the passenger seat window in a desperate attempt to improve my non-existent cell service. For the past few years, I’ve spent a portion of each summer at my best friend’s house in -- to this day, he unplugs the router in my office at 5 p.m.

That’s why the holidays are difficult for me. I feel like they get in the way. I’m so excited about what I’m working on, and all of a sudden, no one is available. It drives me crazy! I try to switch gears, but I end up creeping upstairs to my office at some point anyway. At , I want to talk business -- not my business, per se, but about someone else’s, so that I can learn from them.

To put it mildly, my single-minded devotion has caused problems for me. I’m not proud of it. And to be clear -- in no way am I advocating that this kind of is necessary or even OK. Even I know it’s a bit pathetic. My commitment to my vision has led me to be successful, but it has also caused me to miss out on many things.

This year, I’m going to focus on the benefits of working over the holidays, when my phone isn’t ringing off the hook. I’ll clean out my email. I’ll read those business magazines that have been piling up. I will strategize. I will study up on the topics that excite me.

I’m writing this article because I want to call it like I see it. Work-life balance is not for everyone, although maybe it should be. To everyone out there who feels the same way I do, know that you’re not alone. Let us give thanks.

The good news is that the holidays won’t last long.

Related: The 6 Scary Truths About Becoming an Entrepreneur

More from Entrepreneur

Get heaping discounts to books you love delivered straight to your inbox. We’ll feature a different book each week and share exclusive deals you won’t find anywhere else.
Amplify your business knowledge and reach your full entrepreneurial potential with Entrepreneur Insider’s exclusive benefits. For just $5 per month, get access to premium content, webinars, an ad-free experience, and more! Plus, enjoy a FREE 1-year Entrepreneur magazine subscription.
Create your business plan in half the time with twice the impact using Entrepreneur's BIZ PLANNING PLUS powered by LivePlan. Try risk free for 60 days.

Latest on Entrepreneur