“It’s lonely being an entrepreneur.”
Can you relate to that? Something must be in the air because I heard some variation of that at least five times last week.
As the little ditty says: ♫ You don’t have to be lonely…♫ (Too bad a certain dating site for farmers already made that jingle. And the silly commercial spots. Have you seen the one with the horse running and the city girl falling off?)
Anyway, if you lock yourself in your house with your computer and your cat you’ll be lonely, but if you’re not doing that and still feeling isolated, maybe it is time to re-examine the way you do things.
Maybe you’re lonely because you want to be. Some people just have that personality. This was the thing that made you unpopular in high school. Generally people who like to be alone and have their solitude end up being extremely successful. They know how to focus without consuming their lives with distractions. (And by distractions I mean suffering from the fear of missing out, aka FOMO, so you obsessively check emails and social media. Or FOMO’s dear friend, shiny object syndrome.) Regardless, even the most independent people don’t want to feel alone all the time.
Maybe you’re lonely because you think you need to be. You’re trying to be totally independent and do everything yourself because you think you need to. You’re busy, you’re in go mode all of the time. Somewhere in your head trash, you think you should be the above-mentioned person in order to be successful. I’m not generally a fan of bursting bubbles, but if you’re trying to do it all by yourself because of some preconceived notion, you’ll never be successful. No matter how brilliant you are, if you’re playing a solo game you’ll lose out to a team. Dysfunctional independence leads to burnout and misery. If you’re a people-person, you need to be around people.
Maybe you’re lonely because you work too many hours. This is pretty accurate for most entrepreneurs. Building and then maintaining a successful business requires time and focus and running both the front and back ends takes a lot more than your average 9 to 5. You have no time for socializing when you’re working so hard. I get it. I’ve been there. I’ve disconnected from family and friends.
Here’s the scoop. All of those situations are easily remedied. You guessed it – by adding a virtual assistant to your team. A VA can help you get the job done in less time so you have more time to actually have a life. They can take as little or as much off of your plate as you need them to. Your virtual assistant will likely be your biggest cheerleader, collaborator, shrink and be the first one to help you up if you fall down. They understand you and truly want to help you succeed. That’s their gift.
Feeling alone can be a choice, rather than an inevitability. You just need a little help from a supportive virtual assistant.
As always, thanks for reading.
Until next time,
P.S: You don’t have a virtual assistant? Drop me a line. I’ll help you find your business’s new BFF. Horse not required.