Every year, approximately 1.5 million Americans sustain a traumatic brain injury (TBI), according to the CDC. Although not all TBI patients will be able to return to work following their injury, it remains a realistic and achievable goal for many others. Most individuals who return to work after a TBI do so within two years of the injury. Additionally, approximately 16% of TBI patients achieve long-term labor market attachment (LMA) within two years. All things considered, many individuals living with a TBI enjoy considerable career success as business owners. Before returning to work, however, it is important to take stock of your own abilities and gain an understanding of what is required in order to achieve business success after a TBI.
Positive and practicality breeds success
A budding entrepreneur’s post-TBI attitude towards work and life in general will play a huge role in their ultimate success. It is no secret that positivity breeds success. It not only boosts your own mood, but enables you to tackle difficult situations with ease. It is, however, important that you find a balance between positivity and practicality. While it is vital to have expectations, it is even more important to ensure that they are realistic. Unrealistic expectations have led to the downfall of many promising entrepreneurs. Be positive about your recovery and career prospects, but remain realistic in terms of the impact of your injury on your abilities and both the short and long-term goals of your business.
Financial compensation may benefit your business
While your flair for business and sheer determination may be enough to see you succeed in a cut-throat business environment, having additional funding at your disposal may make it significantly easier. Even if you have recovered sufficiently enough to resume work, you may be entitled to receive compensation for damages arising from your traumatic brain injury. Legal experts at JJS emphasize the importance of getting fair compensation after a traumatic injury in order for you to access the care and expenses required by your injury. A personal injury lawyer will be able to assist with determining whether you are eligible for compensation and how much compensation is deemed fair. Any compensation received can, for example, be used to pay off medical bills, leaving you with more money to invest in your business.
Rest makes you resilient
Entrepreneurs are often expected to be at work for the better part of every day, even taking work home to complete after business hours. In order to be successful, however, it is important to be resilient, and there is no better way to build resilience than through adequate rest. Rest needs to be approached with the same determination typically reserved for business-related matters. In order to be truly successful, a passion for business needs to be carefully balanced with learning, personal growth, and overall well-being. Following a traumatic brain injury, such rest becomes more important than ever before. It is, therefore, important to take sufficient breaks, not only from work, but from thought-intensive activities such as reading and watching television as well.
Sustaining a TBI will impact your life in countless ways. Depending on the extent of your injury and your own degree of perseverance, however, entrepreneurial success may very well be within your reach.