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Loneliness of Entrepreneurship

Discussion in 'Finding Balance' started by azgold, Aug 12, 2016.

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  1. azgold

    azgold Moderator MVP Member

    Did any of you happen to catch the article on the Telegraph (UK) about the loneliness of entrepreneurs?

    Author Rebecca Burn-Callander profiles a few different company owners to illustrate this aspect of entrepreneurship.

    Prime times of lonliness occurred for these founders when things went wrong and they had to appear strong, even when they were feeling anything but. They couldn't get comfort or advice from employees, even if they had become friends. The owners had to be leaders and keep morale up.

    Facing challenges alone seems to be the top concern but the long hours can make it difficult to maintain relationships, as does having to fire people. Firing people in your employ, especially if you are fond of them or they've been there a long time, never makes you feel good, nor does it make friends.

    Tips to Combat the Loneliness

    One of the entrepreneurs profiled combats some of his loneliness by going to the gym and watching TV, just to escape the problems. He also built a network of advisers to help him with tough times.

    Another suggests focusing on a goal that you want to achieve, the real reason you went into business in the first place. For her, it was getting her kids into good schools. She also suggests maintaining relationships with real friends; ones that like you whether you're successful or not.

    One gentleman considers downtime as incredibly important. He also recommends a mindfulness app that he uses when he's anxious and has no one to talk to.

    If you have a large enough company to have a senior management and staff, another recommendation is bare all - tell them why you made the decision you did and come clean with any problems. That way, you have a team, rather than trying to cope with it alone.

    Have you felt the loneliness of entrepreneurship yet?
  2. VirtualGlobalPhone

    VirtualGlobalPhone Moderator MVP Member

    @azgold ; good topic at right time (y).

    One of the other way is to either start or join non-profit organisation addressing very specific cause say education for poor, free food, city road cleaning.

    We have a group of like minded people helping educated youths in remote villages of India under a non-profit organisation. Which provides free education, initial heads up and platform to take their product / services to city / state / country / world. This helps myself to make more friends, build relations , spread love ... and help me to give back to society.
    Last edited: Aug 13, 2016
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  3. azgold

    azgold Moderator MVP Member

    That sounds like a great way to not only help people but also to stay grounded and bring problems into perspective. Great advice, @VirtualGlobalPhone !
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