Lean on Me—How to Avoid Lonely Entrepreneur Syndrome

Here’s a tough question: In your business, have you ever felt lonely and frustrated as if no you had to do it all yourself and didn’t know how? I have. I have felt lonely. I have felt like I wanted to take that easy way through or out of my business. I have had doubts left and right.

As entrepreneurs, we are often asked who is in our “tribe” or maybe our “crew” or any other number of words used for those around you in business.   For me, this means a couple of things—first of all, it’s the people who support your business in business ways. The “tribe” is your web designer, your coach, your social media guru, your graphic designer, and all the people who help you keep your business going and alive. The other part of “tribe” is what I call community. These are the people that you can brainstorm with, who have your back, who lift you up and help you problem-solve. Because, let’s face it, being an entrepreneur can be VERY LONELY even if you have all those people helping you keep the business running.

So what is community?   One definition according to Google is: a feeling of fellowship with others, as a result of sharing common attitudes, interests, and goals. I love this definition because it’s exactly what we need as business people. We need fellowship—to know that we aren’t alone. We need to share common attitudes, interests and goals with others so that we can truly trust each other, be open, and get down to work without judgment so that we can grow and be supported.

Where do we find these people?  Yes, we have our family and friends, but they don’t always understand what we are going through in our businesses. We need BUSINESS people who share our attitudes, interests and goals.

  • Mastermind groups
  • group training or coaching
  • networking in the right places—where are people like you hanging out?

My big point is that THEY MUST BE FOUND. You cannot engage in or grow your business alone. Here’s why:

  • Community uplifts
  • Community problem solves,
  • Community guides you to stay the course, and even play devil’s advocate

Where is YOUR community? Who are they? Where can you find them? REACH OUT! You are definitely not alone.  Make a list today of the qualities you are looking for in your community and start reaching out to them. They need you as much as you need them. Go out and create your tribe—they’re waiting for you.

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