[DAY 58 OF THE DEEP END PROJECT]
I am on a much needed and anticipated vacation this week. I’ve been excited about it for weeks. Not only because I am at my happy place, on a beach, with a bar 3 steps away from the pool. But because this is the first vacation since things went back to normal-ish in the States after almost a year and a half.
We are still being careful though. If it was up to my husband, he’ll put us in a bubble wrap and live in a bunker for eternity.
But me? I am ready for this. I have a plan for this week.
My book – The Plot by Jean Hanff Korelitz
But don’t worry, I am still committed to The Deep End Project. Infact, for this week I am switching it up a little bit.
Instead of writing long posts on topics that I literally think about everyday, this week I am going to share 7 lessons I’ve learned as an Entrepreneur.
One for each day. The posts will be shorter (sorta, we’ll see!) since my commitment this week is to spend more time in the sun and less time on screen.
I hope that in these lessons you will find resonance and camaraderie, coz running a business is hard, atleast we can do it together.
LESSON NUMBER 1 – IT’S LONELY AT THE TOP, GATHER YOUR POSSE
My first lesson as a business owner. You feel alone and isolated.
None of my friends and family had a business. Besides, they had zero concept of what an Online Business was. Some tried and eventually just fell off the radar . The more I got busy building my business, the more lonely I felt.
The first year of my business, I spent a lot of time creating content, building my course, recording videos, creating worksheets….you know the drill. Basically we business owners spend a lot of time alone, behind our laptops and in our heads.
It gets lonely AF! And if you don’t catch it and do something about it, it can give you what’s called the “Entrepreneurial Depression”
I can’t stress this enough – if you feel this, gather your posse!
This is so important.
We entrepreneurs have a different blood type. Noone gets us as much as a fellow entrepreneur who is walking the same path.
This made my entrepreneur journey a 1000 times better!
I joined Masterminds and met like minded people there.
I went to conferences, met people and kept in touch.
I took courses and networked with people inside the facebook groups.
On some of my darkest entrepreneurs days, it is my peers and colleagues (my posse) who have had my back, given me encouragement and have always been there for me.
I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again, Business is hard. Business friends make it better.
Who are the people in your posse? Send them a note to tell them how much you appreciate them.