Updated: Jan 13
Staff, suppliers, clients, friends, acquaintances, government officials, and many more people constantly solicit entrepreneurs; it's like everybody expects something from them. Yet, entrepreneurs often find themselves feeling lonely.
Regardless of the industry they operate in, business owners usually carry many responsibilities and directly impact others' lives (starting with their own employees).
The entrepreneurship journey comes with countless emotional challenges. For instance:
The anxiety to know whether or not they will be able to pay staff salaries at the end of the month, and have enough financial resources to support their own families
The fear of making the wrong decisions and the potential adverse consequences on their businesses as well as their staff
The stress of dealing with constant problem solving, coping with high workload associated with a lack of social life
As a result, entrepreneurs bear much pressure. They experience isolation because they believe that no-one else can deal with such tension. While I agree there are decisions that cannot be delegated, entrepreneurs are not as lonely as they might think they are.
Here’s 5 ways to address your solitude:
1. Realize that you are not alone.
Most entrepreneurs feel the same way. Join or create a community of peers (online or offline), a place where you can share experiences and discuss ideas with others, because you walk the same path, and talk the same language.
2. Set up an Advisory Board comprised of external independent people.
Regularly schedule meetings during which you address the day-to-day challenges as well as the 5-year development plan. Use the Board to broaden your perspective, and keep yourself accountable.
3. Get out of the office.
Start an activity that forces you to clear up your mind and meet people. Let it become your private moment, during which you will not allow yourself to think about work.
4. Communicate more.
Ensure your staff know your business strategy and your expectations. Give them more reasons to believe in your vision, and they will take ownership of it, naturally relieving pressure from your shoulders.
5. Hire a Business Coach.
Great coaches are great listeners. They can help you be more efficient, by reducing your stress level, and focusing your attention on getting things done.
"I want you to know that you are not alone in your being alone" - Stephen Fry
If you want to make that first step and find a listening ear, book a free coaching discovery session with me. You just need to pick up a date in the calendar.