It Doesn’t Have to Be Lonely at the Top

I hope you’re not one of those entrepreneurs who’s reading this, agreeing or disagreeing, and then just moving on to the next blog to read. Sure, you may learn something and yes, it’s easy to do, but it only makes you lonelier.

I hope you’re not one of those entrepreneurs who picked up a New York Times bestseller on the latest management fad and can’t wait to crack it open. Sure, it may have been written by a “guru” who knows his stuff and yes, there are many great lessons to learn from it, but it only makes you lonelier.

I hope you’re not one of those entrepreneurs who’s spending the holiday weekend wondering how you’re going to solve that funding puzzle, how you’re going to reverse that sales decline, how you’re going to address that problem employee, how you’re close the big deal that’s right in front of you. Sure, it’s great to have three days to think and you’ll probably generate some terrific ideas, but it only makes you lonelier.

I hope you’re not one of those entrepreneurs who belongs to a co-working space or startup community and is always “heads down”. Sure, you have way too much to do and you have to be focused on execution to make your company work, but it only makes you lonelier.

Instead, I hope you’re reaching out to a few entrepreneurs to grab coffee, lunch, or a beer to talk about your companies and what’s going on. Instead, I hope you’re emailing those you know who belong to peer organizations to ask how they’ve benefitted from them. Instead, I hope you’re calling the rock star entrepreneur you recently met who said “here’s my number, call me anytime.”

Instead, I hope you’re going through your buddy’s LinkedIn contacts to see what amazing entrepreneurs he can introduce you to. Instead, I hope you’re signing up for an event or a conference where you’ll meet people you probably wouldn’t meet anytime soon.

Instead of making yourself lonelier, I hope you don’t.