It is very typical for entrepreneurs to spend every hour of their lives improving their businesses. The idea of engaging in fun activities and hobbies that are non-work related may seem like a waste for many of them. Many entrepreneurs value time so much that they do not want to spend time on activities that do not generate revenue.

There is nothing wrong with dedicating yourself to your business. However, it becomes a concern if you forget to take a break and have fun. Depriving yourself to relax through enriching hobbies can drain you mentally and physically. That is why entrepreneurs are encouraged to engage in hobbies that ignite their creativity and cultivate their lives. In turn, they develop the advantage of becoming better entrepreneurs.

Entrepreneur painting on canvas as a hobby
Entrepreneur painting on canvas as a hobby

Entrepreneurs can actually benefit from engaging in non-work-related hobbies. Some of the things that they can enjoy are:

It enhances their lives

Engaging in interesting hobbies can help entrepreneurs improve their problem-solving ability, creative thinking, memory, and productivity. Since hobbies grant entrepreneurs a fun experience, they are perceived to be gratifying and help entrepreneurs recharge. The experiences as well as the new contexts that are gained by the entrepreneurs in their hobbies enhance their lives and make them better business owners.

It relieves stress

Stress can significantly affect the productivity of entrepreneurs and this can result in contempt and other negative emotions. Hobbies can provide beneficial stress which combats the impacts of negative stress. Engaging in hobbies will make the entrepreneurs feel motivated and calm. By doing an enriching hobby that improves the beneficial stress, entrepreneurs can develop more focus on their goals and therefore get a better chance of succeeding in the business.

It incites creativity

The creativity of an entrepreneur is incited by his or her ideas and these ideas are mainly rooting in past experiences. When they open up their world and engage in new activities and hobbies, they can acquire new experiences that can make the creative ideas flow.

Funneling this creativity to resolve issues in the business is one of the benefits of doing an enriching hobby.

It makes them healthy

Hobbies are very effective in that they do not only maintain your physical condition but also your emotional state. They can rule out depression and encourage mindfulness. Entrepreneurs who are doing hobbies that keep them active are noticed to be more cheerful and happier.

Some entrepreneurs try yoga and meditation to soothe their minds and they are always considerate about the opinion of others before they make a decision.

Exhausted entrepreneur asleep at desk while playing video games as a hobby
Exhausted entrepreneur asleep at desk while playing video games as a hobby

Although engaging in non-work-related hobbies can do a lot of good things to entrepreneurs, it is also good to impart that there can be some disadvantages in doing such. Here are the cons of having hobbies as an entrepreneur:

Possibility of criticism

Regardless of how good you are as an entrepreneur, receiving negative feedback is inevitable. So, if it is your hobby that is being questioned, you might find it more difficult to process. When these things happen, entrepreneurs are encouraged to be flexible and use the criticisms to drive them forward.

Risk of finding a wrong hobby

Although most hobbies are seen to be beneficial to entrepreneurs, some hobbies may not do well for any entrepreneur. These are the kind of hobbies that, instead of promoting creativity and improving critical thinking, exhaust the body and mind which leads to the inability of the entrepreneurs to do well in the business. For example, playing action video games in excess may tire your brain out more than it does challenge it.

All Work and No Play

Although with a good intention, many entrepreneurs are exhausted with their loads and they are overworked. They hardly find time to enjoy and do hobbies that relax and make them happy. However, all work can sometimes lead to poor productivity. And in many situations, being exhausted with work can affect concentration and consequently lead to mistakes.

As an entrepreneur, you must give your brain time to relax by engaging in an enriching hobby. Doing so will give you time to rest, recharge, and acquire new ideas to improve the business and solve issues in the company more effectively.

Do you have any hobbies of your own that have benefited you as an entrepreneur? Let us know down in the comments.

This article originally published on GREY Journal.