Entrepreneurship is an exciting adventure, albeit a stressful one. Your business will likely face ups and downs, achievements and challenges, and more twists and turns than you could ever expect. Your team members will come and go, competitors will rise and fall, and your core idea will undergo an evolution until it's almost unrecognizable. But despite all those obstacles, stressors, and points of vulnerability, the riskiest and most dangerous part of entrepreneurship isn't what can happen to your business--it's what can happen to you.
There are several personal risks you'll take on when you become an entrepreneur, and none of them should be taken lightly. Almost every entrepreneur will inevitably face these risks, and if you aren't prepared for them, or if you don't address them appropriately, they could consume you.
No matter how passionate you are about your business, your personal health and well-being have to come first. If you allow yourself to deteriorate, your business won't be able to survive, and you'll be left with almost nothing to carry forward. If you make the time and effort to take care of yourself, entrepreneurship is a rewarding, enriching journey--even at its lowest points. Prioritize yourself, and everything else will follow.