If you’re just starting your own business, or are a CEO, you will have moments when you will feel pretty alone. There’s a reason why they say “it’s lonely at the top.”
Being stuck at home with 11 inches of snow outside for the last two days made me feel acutely ‘alone’ which is why I am sharing some of my thoughts on this topic. I know many entrepreneurs face this same issue from time to time.
4 Ways to Conquer Feelings Of Loneliness As An Entrepreneur
- Remember why you’re starting or running a business – Knowing what really drives you to work on your business will make it much easier to power through times of loneliness or self-doubt. Launching a business can inspire you and give you meaning. Why did you start your business? Remember this.
- Look after your body, mind, and spirit – As an entrepreneur you should be more in control of your time. Make sure to carve out time to work on your physical, mental, and spiritual well being. When you’re active you not only feel good about yourself, but you are able to work better and with more energy. When you learn new things and have new experiences you, start making new connections for your business. Do something regularly outside of work that gives you purpose and is meaningful to you, e.g., volunteering. It will make you feel more connected to other people. Remember that you’re in it for the long haul as an entrepreneur, so be good to yourself.
- Find like-minded people – Start spending time with other entrepreneurs by either going to networking events and physically meeting people, joining an online group of other entrepreneurs, or having mastermind sessions with your peers. These are a few ways to quickly realize you aren’t the only one who’s trying to make it as an entrepreneur. This will allow you to start building relationships with people going through similar trials and tribulations.
- Have an entrepreneurial bucket list – Pick one or two things each year that you’ve always wanted to do, and figure out how to pursue them while working on your business. Don’t wait to do them at some point in the future; do them this year. Personally, I’ve always enjoyed travel and I was able to spend a few months working while traveling last year. I also trained for and ran the 2013 Boston Marathon. Just doing these two things gave me so much energy and purpose each day that I felt able to tackle any business issue that came my way.
Implementing these things will help you squash the ‘entrepreneurial blues’. Be grateful for each day you’re working on your entrepreneurial venture. You’re living your dream and nothing can take that experience away from you…
If you have any tips on how you’ve overcome the loneliness and isolation of the entrepreneurial path you’ve chosen, please share them in the comments section below.