Time to slow down?
Faster, better, stronger. In a world of ‘business accelerators’ and ‘startup incubators’, it’s words like these that entrepreneurs have grown accustomed to.
But in the race to sacrifice everything in the pursuit of success, maybe we actually need to… slow down a little.
“Conventional entrepreneur support programmes assume the only thing an entrepreneur cares about is making as much money as fast as possible,” says Charles Armstrong, the founder and CEO of The Trampery.
Instead, for many new leaders, balancing their personal life with new business responsibilities or carving out time to look after their mental wellbeing are among the largest challenges.
That’s why Armstrong’s launching Pathways, a “human-focused” support programme for entrepreneurs.
The plan is for 250 entrepreneurs to take part in the free three-month programme – which is part-funded by the European Regional Development Fund – over the next three years.
Workshops and masterclasses cover traditional topics like HR and legal advice, as well as topics like wellness and personal development, which are often overlooked.
Armstrong says Pathways’ unconventional approach “gets to grips with the motivations, personality and well-being of the individual entrepreneur and helps them develop business strategies that are aligned with their deeper goals.”
We’ve seen many examples of entrepreneurs burning out or battling with depression, often because they’ve been taught a ‘hyper-masculine’ way of doing business.
That’s why it’s inspiring to see groups like The Trampery launch their ‘decelerator’ and shine a light on the alternative for more human-focused business.
Entrepreneurs should be building the companies and the lifestyles that they want to succeed, not sacrificing everything in pursuit of someone else’s definition of ‘success’.
It’s time to slow down.
Applications for the inaugural Pathways cohort close on Wednesday 7 February.