What are your interests outside of work? Often entrepreneurs get so caught up in work that they fail to develop outside interest, or allow existing interests to fall by the wayside. If you are one of those entrepreneurs for whom business is everything, then it may be time to consider developing outside interests.
There’s a reason that one of the most asked questions at a job interview is: What are your hobbies? Employers assume that having outside interests makes someone a well-rounded person with a dynamic personality. This type of person, they reason, is more likely to be a dynamic and well-rounded employee.
Sure, you’re your own boss, but you should nevertheless seek to be a well-rounded and dynamic individual. If you eat, sleep, and breathe your work, you may come off as uninteresting to others. Beyond how you appear, however, there are many additional benefits to developing interests outside of work.
Of course, you are passionate about your business. It is this trait more than any other that makes you a successful entrepreneur. However, a person should be passionate about more than one thing in life. Having a full life outside of work makes you happier and healthier overall.
There is another benefit of cultivating passions outside of your business that may translate directly to your work life. People who are passionate about something outside of business will naturally have a more interesting story to share. This is the opposite of appearing uninteresting. When you are someone whose story is memorable and interesting, you will stand out from the crowd. This will make you more appealing overall than someone who is exclusively focused on business. In the end, your interesting story about your love of kite sailing or scuba diving may be just the thing that gives you an edge over your competition.