BOSS Mindset – National Entrepreneurs’ Day – It’s SOOO Hard

It’s National Entrepreneurs’ Day and to celebrate in true BOSS fashion, we are gonna be super real with you. RUNNING AND OWNING A BUSINESS IS HARD! There are ups, downs, fears, uncertainty, feast, famine, and everything in between. Some days, as a boss, you’re barely in control! Get off the roller coaster, and take a 20 minute Boss Break to empathize (or bitch it out) with our boss ladies. And stick around for the outtakes!


Quick Concepts from Today’s Episode:

  1. Celebrate being an entrepreneur and ALL of the ups and downs.

  2. Running a business is super hard some days. It’s not all rainbows and sunshine.

  3. You are not alone in these feelings and it’s not you.

  4. Sometimes entrepreneurs just have to figure things out on their own.

  5. Most of us would do it again and tolerate all the discomfort in order to reap the rewards.

  6. Most bosses frequently question if they are doing the right thing or making the right decisions.

  7. We are all control freak, Type As who want things done our way.

  8. Business owners rarely know what they are doing 100% of the time.

  9. Most people get into voiceover because of a passion/love for the industry and job. Serial entrepreneurs have a different motivation.

  10. Voiceovers get over emotional and frequently think with our hearts, not our heads.

  11. Fear and anxiety are a bigger part of business than most people acknowledge.

Referenced in this Episode

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Anne: Find out more by going to and then click on that shop tab.

Gabby: All right, now, on to today’s episode.

Anne: Welcome, everybody to the VO BOSS podcast. I’m your host, Anne Ganguzza, along with my entrepreneurial bosstie, Gabby Nistico. Hey, Gabby!

Gabby: Hi!

Anne: Gabby, this morning, I had to put my head in my hands in frustration. You know something, being an entrepreneur is mrghh hard.

Gabby: Well, yeah.

Anne: Oh my God, it’s hard.

Gabby: It’s such a double-edged sword. Right? Today is National Entrepreneurs Day, which —

Anne: Yay! Happy National Entrepreneurs Day.

Gabby: — which is kind of awesome, right, and we should celebrate that, and we should be, you know, like blowing kazoos and all kinds of things, and, and making noise, and patting ourselves on the back.

[kazoo noises]

Anne: Yeah.

Gabby: We don’t necessarily get to do that because damn it, it’s hard. [laugh]

Anne: It’s so much —

Gabby: So much [bleep] to do.

Anne: I say that, because all of our listeners out there, to know that, yeah, it’s hard. It’s so hard. And it’s OK. Like you don’t have to pretend that everything is all happy and flowers and roses, because this crap is hard. Oh my gosh, I on an almost daily basis, when I’m like looking at the numbers, writing checks in terms of, you know, my investments in my business and paying out my employees every month, it’s like, oh my gosh. So, I, I get scared, I get frustrated, I get sad. Ugh. And I just want you guys to know that that’s normal, I think. Right, Gabby? It’s normal?

Gabby: It is. It is normal. For entrepreneurs, especially those of you that are still new in your business, you might be saying, “is it me, is it me? What am I doing wrong? What am I doing wrong?” It’s not you. It’s not you. This is freaking hard. This sucks most days. It’s so much work, and it’s so much energy, it’s draining, it’s taxing.

Anne: And it goes on. [laughs] You think it gets easier, and the funny thing is and what I’ve realized is that as we grow and our businesses grow, it doesn’t always make it easier, because we all of a sudden face new challenges.

Gabby: Of course.

Anne: And we have new decisions to make, and, and then there’s always that uncertainty. Oh my gosh, Gabby, the uncertainty. And it’s scary. Wow, it’s scary.

Gabby: As adults, right, we look back at our childhood or our early adulthood and go, “oh my gosh, if only I could go back to having that little responsibility, or you know, those few bills.” And then I thought it was horrible. Yeah.

Anne: I mean, if I were a cat right now, like —

Gabby: Right, right.

Anne: I look at my cats, and I say, if only. [laughs]

Gabby: I want to come back as a Ganguzza cat, that’s for damn sure.

Anne: Yeah, I’m coming back as a cat for sure. I think it’s important for everyone to understand it doesn’t, it’s not all roses.

Gabby: No.

Anne: It doesn’t always run smooth. You’re not always making a profit. Right? You’re not always exactly sure what you should do, and there may not be somebody out there that can give you an answer. Right? Sometimes we’re just, we’re in uncharted territory.

Gabby: [laughs]

Anne: And no one knows the answer.

Gabby: Yes. Sometimes you just got to figure that out. And here’s the thing. We’re kind of being like total downers and very pessimistic for it being National Entrepreneurs Day, but —

Anne: It’s real, Gabby. We’re being real.

Gabby: Look, I used to have, truthfully, quarterly meltdowns, quarterly. Like every quarter, you would find me balled up on the couch like bawling my eyes out [laughs] hysterical, and it was either because it wasn’t making enough money, or because I was overwhelmed, right, I was, I didn’t have enough free time. I didn’t have, I wasn’t taking me time, that’s for damn sure. So I was, you know, probably not getting enough sleep, and I was just overworked, and I, and I think about it, and I’m like, OK. Went through it. Right, I’m out the other side. Was it, was it worth it, and would I go through it again? Yeah, I would.

Anne: We don’t intend to be complete downers here, but we do want to say that, yeah. You know what, at the other end of the tunnel, was it worth it? One of our more recent podcasts interviews that we did with Hilary Jastram, she has a point in her book where she says, you need to ask yourself a couple of questions. Are you having more of the good days or more of the bad days? And the other question you have to ask yourself, so how did that work out for you? And once you get past, once you get past that, that initial like, you know, shock or that initial like, “oh, what are you talking about? Why, why are you even asking me this?” You ask yourself that, and you really try to make a determination as to if you’re going on the right path, right, and a lot of that is are you on the right path in growing your business or in maintaining your business, whatever it is, is it still giving you that joy with all the frustration, hardship? Are you still on a path where you’re having more good days than bad days?

Gabby: Yeah, but sometimes, Anne, we don’t know.

Anne: Yeah.

Gabby: We just don’t know how to answer that – I mean, I think back, and I go, so much of my anxiety and stress and early hardship in business was the not knowing.

Anne: That’s the, it’s so scary.