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How One Entrepreneur Discovered the Cure for His Burnout

After losing his entrepreneur mojo, a founder decided to get away from everything.

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This story appears in the September 2017 issue of Entrepreneur. Subscribe »

In 2013, I had what could only be called a dream job. I was the founder and CEO of a $7 million company. It was a sports-travel firm called Ludus Sports that organized hospitality packages to the world’s largest sporting events and counted Olympic athletes and Fortune 500 companies as clients. To the outside, I looked like a success. But in truth, I struggled. One year prior, during the London 2012 Olympics, we made some missteps that led to losing $1 million in a matter of days. It dealt me a serious case of self-doubt that I hadn’t recovered from. I lost my entrepreneurial mojo and was afraid of taking risks. I’d been building this thing for 10 years, and the thought of doing it for another 10 terrified me. So I sold my company and stayed on as president.

Viktor Koen

Related: How to Recognize and Beat Burnout

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