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Following up on my post from yesterday about work. I received a lot of questions. First, I am not leaving the Institute for the Psychology of Eating. I believe deeply in our mission and it is so incredibly near and dear to me. That said, I am looking to adjust my day-to-day responsibilities so they are a better match for who I am and what I have the aptitude for long term. Which is what the beginning of the piece was about, I think it is important as an entrepreneur to be self-aware and to know when you need support and in what areas.

My post was also intended to bring attention to the need to be clear about what is necessary to make dreams come true and perhaps adjusting your direction if the work needed is not something you wish to do. So for example, I see many people who enjoy coaching and are amazing at helping people, who think that they need to build a massive online platform to serve others, but they hate technology, being online and social media. So they end up getting so far away from that which they love because they truly were not informed about what is required to achieve what they think they want.
Being an entrepreneur can look so wildly different. I am clear on that. And I do believe you can design it in a way that is supportive of you, where you are doing a lot of what you want to do and giving your gifts to the world in the way you love to. I am also clear I see a lot of people teaching that starting a business of your own is easy and takes minimal effort (often from a place of not actually having done it themselves). So it is the idea that you can have whatever you want with minimal to no effort that I find damaging.

I also truly don’t think everyone is cut out for being a business owner, which I see as different from pursuing your passions such as writing, art, music, coaching, healing, sports, speaking, etc…without being a business owner in the capacity I am talking about. I see many creatives taking time away from their passions and what they truly want to do, to monetize and grow in a way that eventually pulls them away from doing what they truly love. Creating. I am offering that there are many ways to pursue your passions and that being selective about the form in which you do so is important to consider. There seems to be a glorification of “going big” and doing it on you own. And I am calling that into question because you can be very happy and contribute meaningfully without necessarily going BIG and while working for or with someone.

For years, I worked for a wellness program serving children and families. I was an employee and I was still able to contribute in a meaningful way that was very fulfilling. And because it was not my business to run, I was able to focus solely on curriculum development and working directly with the children and families, which is very different then my life now, where I have a lot of operational responsibilities.

I have grown tremendously fond of business and marketing in the last few years. I truly love learning new things. And I am also aware that I find myself yearning for depth these days. I know I cannot do many thing deeply and so I am being called to make some more specific choices about what I truly want to invest my energy in.

Lastly, with that post I wanted to do my best to share transparently about what I have found to be the ups and downs of running a business, as I think we are taught culturally to mostly share the wins, and I believe that can breed shame in people observing because the unspoken message is “something is wrong with you if you cannot make this happen for you.”
I feel this about many other things as well, such as our relationship with food, which is why I share so openly about my journey there as well. It wasn’t easy to heal my eating disorder. I would be lying if I said it was. It was incredibly hard, but it was work so worth doing just like running a business has been for me.

I wouldn’t change the last 7 years for anything. I love being an entrepreneur. And it is okay to doubt myself some days. And it is okay to call into question if this is truly what I want to be doing. In fact, I think we should all be doing a self-inventory regularly. There is so much hype out there that it can be hard to hear yourself in all the noise.
I think there is so so much shame around not being able to effortlessly create what you are imagining other people have created, because that is the picture we often paint culturally. We often glorify the notion of being an overnight success and do not realize how much effort is truly required to achieve our dreams. Which, by the way, I think are definitely worth working towards, and as I mentioned, I love that people are more inspired to do what they love. I just think there is more to the story. And I think deciding the form in which you want to bring your gifts to the world is an important decision that should be well informed.

❤ Emily Joy Rosen

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Emily Rosen is the co-owner and CEO of the Institute for the Psychology of Eating where she oversees business development strategies, student affairs, marketing and public relations, and keeps a pulse on the fields of eating psychology and nutrition to ensure the Institute’s position as a leader worldwide. Emily makes things happen. Her passion for health and transformation has provided her the opportunity to speak and present internationally and be at the forefront of a new generation of women leaders committed to making a heartfelt difference in the world. Her tireless work and faithful commitment have touched the lives of millions of fans and followers worldwide.