Putting yourself and your ideas out there for the masses can ironically be a lonely business at times.
You sit in your home office wrestling with decisions, wishing you had someone who could jump in the ring with you, even for a moment, so that you don’t have to bear the entire weight of those decisions alone.
You have the freedom of choosing your own path and yet you feel adrift in an ocean of possibilities with nobody to help you choose where to navigate next.
Even if you have a team, you can still feel alone as a leader with nobody to talk to who feels the same pressures, has the same kind of vision and understands the nature of your day-to-day journey.
To succeed, we all need fresh perspectives to shine a light on our blind spots.
We all need consistent feedback both to push us further as well as to remind us how far we have come.
We all need a safe place to share the real struggles of entrepreneurship and thought leadership with those who understand.
When we grow tired of our own ideas and strategies, we need a source of inspiration and trusted guidance to shake things up.
As an introvert, it’s easy for me to isolate myself as an entrepreneur without realizing that I’m doing it. I’ve learned over the years to recognize the signs of entrepreneurial isolation.
I’ve also learned to know who my people are — those I can turn to when I need help breaking out of my bubble, a bit of encouragement, or a solid kick in the pants.
As you head into 2020, it’s worth making a list of who those people are for you. This will serve as a tool when you need to reach out and a reminder to strengthen those relationships.
It’s also important to realize when you need more of those people and/or when it’s time to mix things up by finding new minds to associate with who can stretch you in new ways.
Does any of this resonate with you? Let me know!