It’s lonelier than any entrepreneur would like to admit. Why would you? Everyone knows you’re living what most people could only dream of at the top. Nobody has to know that you’re struggling. Or do they?
Your social media profiles show the fruits of your hard work and hustle, and almost all your friends and family envy your lifestyle. But behind all that glitz and glamor is a person who works almost infinite sleepless nights, turns down social events to work, and has minimal time spent with friends and family.
The truth is, entrepreneurship can be lonely, but it doesn’t have to be that way.
As a budding entrepreneur, here are ways on how I coped with my loneliness:
1. Take breaks, go out and meet new like-minded people
The best part of being your own boss is the freedom of how you want to spend your time. I used to work every day except Sunday and rejected invitations to events hosted by friends and family. It was the first time I experienced burnout, and trust me it’s a horrible thing.
No matter how much you love doing something, the reality is, if you do too much you will end up hating it in some way. Give yourself a break and stop thinking that working too hard will bring you closer to your goals.
Remember the cliché saying, “It’s about the journey, not the destination.” Part of your journey should be taking weekends off and doing what you love so that you have time to step back, reflect on life and an opportunity to miss your business.
As an extrovert, I know staying indoors working on the weekends would be detrimental to my happiness so I required myself to go to social events. These events could be something as small as having lunch or dinner with a friend. Believe me, it did a lot of good for myself and it put me in a better position as a leader in my organization.
My favorite part would be expanding my network to meet like-minded people such as attending Rotary events (I’m a member), personal development seminars, book clubs, and many more. You have more chances of finding like-minded people in those gatherings because it’s easier to know which ones have similar interests as you.
In your business, growth is a must so you keep planning for both the short-term and the long-term.
In your life, moving forward is a must. Go out there, meet new people, do new things and live life the way it’s meant to be lived.
“I love meeting new people; I think everyone has a story to tell. We should all listen sometimes.” – Kim Smith
2. Take classes or learn a new hobby
When you know you’re going to events with like-minded people, you essentially know what to expect. It’s different when you’re taking classes to acquire skills for a new hobby since you have no idea if you’re going to like it or not. However, stay open minded because you may gain insights into new things you did not expect.
To this day, I continuously seek out new activities I could participate in such as hiking to new destinations, taking internet marketing classes, learning how to wakeboard, and attending Zumba classes. The knowledge acquired from hobbies could be valuable if you applied it in the right areas! Plus, it gives you more topics to talk about when you follow step one and meet new people.
Don’t be afraid to be adventurous with this one! You can go learn an instrument you never thought you’d play, or participate in competitive dog grooming. Bizarre ideas could even help with applying creativity in your business! If not, at least it gives you something interesting to talk about and new memories.
3. Talk to a trusted friend/family about it
Meeting new people and learning about the world and its wonders are great ways to combat loneliness. Nonetheless, it’s still different from having someone you trust and communicate with. Make sure this is someone who you’re 100% comfortable with and you know won’t judge you.
Although it can feel lonely at times, being an entrepreneur is wonderful. Know that you’re never going through this alone as there are others just like you struggling to make their dreams come true. No one could ever change the world like you can, so don’t give up and keep fighting.
“We need people in our lives with whom we can be as open as possible. To have real conversations with people may seem like such a simple, obvious suggestion, but it involves courage and risk.” – Thomas Moore
How do you overcome loneliness struggles? Let us know by commenting below!
Image courtesy of Twenty20.com
5 Basketball Lessons That Taught Me How To Close Consistent Sales
If you’d like to learn how to close consistent sales in your business so you can make money and be successful, sign up for the free 90-Day Master Class hosted by the founder of Addicted2Success.com, Joel Brown.
Heart pounding. Skin prickling. Unsure of what the outcome will be. Reminding myself to focus and breathe. Sales and competitive basketball have more in common than you’d think. The same tenacity, drive, and commitment that were required for success in my athletic career were the same things I needed to become successful in sales. (more…)
6 Simple but Important Ways for Entrepreneurs to Avoid Burnout
If you’d like to learn how to avoid burning out so you can have a long and successful career, sign up for the free 90-Day Master Class hosted by the founder of Addicted2Success.com, Joel Brown.
Burnout affects professionals in every industry, but it can be particularly problematic being an entrepreneur because when it’s their own business, it can be on their mind all day, every day. It is more than just a sense of being tired. It is the state of being overwhelmed emotionally, mentally and physically, to the point that you need a break in order to keep functioning. (more…)
My Company Went Vegan to Change Our Workplace and the World
At my company, a team lunch involves veggie burgers, coconut curry with tofu, and flavorful vegan falafel. When new employees on-board, we host our welcome lunches at plant-based taquerias and delis. At our off-site gatherings, you might spot employees socializing alongside our pet dogs, cats, or our office chicken, Chickpea. (more…)
How I Helped Businesses Overcome COVID-19 Difficulties Using Facebook Ads And Online Marketing
If you’d like to learn how to maximize your time during the current pandemic so you can improve your productivity, sign up for the free 90-Day Master Class hosted by the founder of Addicted2Success.com, Joel Brown.
By now, it should be clear that COVID-19 has affected businesses worldwide. The global economy has been affected and small to medium sized businesses are really suffering. Beauty salons, retail shops, gyms, and fitness centers are closing down. Business owners are struggling with cash flow issues and have no idea what to do next as most of their walk-in customers stay home. Customers are not allowed to go out due to quarantine in respective countries and some businesses are forced to shut down due to preventive measures set by the government. (more…)
Drawing Boundaries is an Essential Skill for Getting What You Want
5 Keys To Success In All Relationships
Why Body and Mind Harmony Are So Necessary for a Successful Life
Take the Time to Answer These 3 Questions if You Want to Be Successful
Why Working Faster Matters Even When You Make Mistakes
55 Inspirational Quotes That Will Change Your Life
(Images) 52 Motivational Picture Quotes For An Epic Year Of Success
30 Famous Quotes That Will Inspire Success In You
72 Positive Thinking Quotes For More Inner Strength & Growth
40 Rare Motivational and Inspirational Picture Quotes
3 Prince EA Videos To Change Humanities Path To Greatness
(Video) What Is Success? An Entrepreneurial Story To Inspire You
(Inspirational Video) What If Today You Knew You Were Going To Take Your Last Breath?
How To Make Enough Money From A Blog To Quit Your Job – Kate McKibbin
How Finding Your Passion And Becoming An Entrepreneur Can Lead To Happiness – Chiquita Searle
- Success Advice4 weeks ago
3 Things That Highly Successful People Do
- Motivation4 weeks ago
11 Success-Boosting Motivational Tips You Need to Hear
- Success Advice4 weeks ago
4 Things That Are Keeping You From Achieving Greatness Right Now
- Success Advice3 weeks ago
16 Everyday Habits to Boost Your Creativity
- Life4 weeks ago
5 Stress Management Techniques to Find Bliss in Life
- Life3 weeks ago
5 Essential Tips for Dealing With Uncertainty
- Life3 weeks ago
8 Ways A Digital Detox Will Increase Your Productivity
- Life2 weeks ago
Read This If You Are Tired Of Finding Excuses For Your Inconsistency