Stress and Excitement of Starting a New Venture

Years ago, when I was an actor, I remember the feeling of walking into the first day of rehearsal of a new show. It was like the first day of school! There might be a few familiar faces, some entirely new ones, but most of all, I remember the excitement and the uncertainty that I felt. Who knew what was going to happen? Was the show going to be a flop or a hit? How stressed was I going to get remembering my lines, the songs, the dance steps?

The funny thing is that, once I moved away from acting and into the world of being an entrepreneur, I found starting a new business venture actually feels a lot like the first day of rehearsal used to.

I know that I am prepared, I know that I am ready to tackle this new challenge, but there is still that feeling of uncertainty. What if this doesn’t work? What if I overlooked something in the business plan? It can be incredibly stressful. Sure, I think I dotted every “i” and crossed every “t”, but what if…

At times like this, when you start to feel overwhelmed by it all, you need to take a step back.

If the pressure has started to feel impossible to hold in, find a pressure valve. I have a few of them. First, my family. Nothing calms me like spending time with the people that I love more than anything else in the world (even chocolate!) Second, yoga. It can be hard to squeeze in a yoga class when you are racing around, trying to get everything ready in time for a new project, but sometimes you just need to breathe. And there is no better place to breathe than a yoga studio. You get a chance to work your body, and give your mind a chance to focus on nothing else but bringing air in, and then out again. It can be incredibly relaxing. Just a single, one-hour class can make everything seem far more manageable, and your productivity will increase accordingly! Lastly, well, baking and chocolate making are two of my biggest pressure valves. And since my new venture has to do with both, that works out pretty darn well!

Launching Ggachi Bakery has been nerve-wracking, exciting, stressful, heart wrenching… It’s been every emotion you can think and then some.

It’s funny, I thought that after co-founding NibMor that the second time I started a company would be a lot less… everything. Boy was I wrong. The reality is that starting a new business venture is just like the first day of school. It’s the first day of rehearsal. It’s new, and unknown, and exciting. I can’t wait to share with the world all of the incredibly delicious pastires and chocolates that Ggachi Bakery will be known for. And to be honest, even with all of the stress that I’ve been feeling, I wouldn’t trade that for anything!