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The Dirty Little Secret About Entrepreneuring

the dirty little secret about entrepreneurship | BIGG SuccessWe’ve been hit squarely in the face with a dirty little secret. Two of our entrepreneurial friends recently shared it with us on separate occasions.

It’s something we don’t talk about much. Many entrepreneurs never talk about it at all.

We don’t want to admit it. We’re ashamed. We think talking about it makes us look weaker. We believe we’re the only one who feels it.

But we’re not going to keep the secret. We want to talk about it today to shine light on it.

Whether you’re a start-up entrepreneur or an existing entrepreneur, we’re talking about it today so you realize that you can gain strength by talking about it when it happens to you.

If you’re a will-be entrepreneur, we’re bringing it up today so you know you should expect it to happen to you and you can prepare for it.

We’re talking about it today so you know that you’re not alone. And that’s the dirty little secret…

Entrepreneuring is the loneliest occupation of all.

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It can be especially lonely in the early stages. It’s hard sometimes when it’s just you. Solo entrepreneurs are often so low.

It truly is lonely at the top. And the bottom. It’s hard when you’re the CXO and the janitor.

But don’t think it only happens when it’s just you. We’re a couple in business. We feel it too.

Perhaps most surprisingly…

You can have people all around you and still feel lonely.

You may have a great group of employees, but still feel isolated.

You might have a supportive spouse and family. But the burdens are not theirs to bear.

Sometimes you have to go it alone.

And usually those times are reserved for when you need help the most:

When you’re struggling.

When you’re up against a milestone.

When you don’t have the answer.

When you’re down in the dumps.

When you’re stressed beyond a level mere mortals could never understand.

These are the times when you have to dig deep and find that reservoir of strength.

These are the times when you discover you can handle more stress than you ever imagined.

These are the times that make you stronger.

These are the times that prepare you for BIGG success.

So as tough as it may be, you can be thankful for these times.

You can be glad you are you. You are a winner. And you will find a way.

You can do it on your own, but you don’t have to.

Our main reason for posting this here today is to help you realize this. You’re not alone.

It doesn’t make you look weak. There’s no reason to be embarrassed about it.

It’s okay to talk about it. As long as you’re in the right audience.

And that’s why we’re sharing it with you. If you’ve read this far, you get it. We get it. Because we’re fellow entrepreneurs.

And that’s the only group that can get it. So reach out to other entrepreneurs.

Reach out to us when you’re feeling isolated. Maybe you’ll allow us to reach out to you when we’re in the same boat.

As fellow entrepreneurs, we need to be here for each other. It will help us all reach BIGG success!

Have you experienced the loneliness of being an entrepreneur?

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Is It Lonely at the Top of Your Own Business?

By Bigg Success Staff
07-29-08

Bigg Success in Business

at_the_topIf you believe the statistics, an overwhelming majority of people dream of owning their own business. For many, it’s because they have a romantic view of working for themselves. Owning your own business means answering to no one. You’re the man (or woman)!

But that’s the problem for many … being THE one. It really can be very lonely at the top.

Staying on course may mean changing the course!

You’ll hear all kinds of opinions about your business and your plans. You have to develop an intestinal fortitude like never before. You need to have the courage of your convictions, to press on even when others tell you that you’re crazy.

At the same time, you have to learn when it’s time to change your strategy based on new evidence. To abandon what you thought was the right course for some new direction.

Many entrepreneurs succeed in a business they didn’t start!

They adapt. As they gain new market information, they respond to their customer’s needs and wind up in a completely different business.

But there’s another pitfall. Does the opportunity align with your passion? There’s a reason you started a business in the first place. If the required strategy takes you into an area in which you have no interest, you might be better off with a regular job.

Are you ready to go out on your own?

If this discussion dissuades you from going out on your own … good! It’s better to learn now than after you’ve invested time, money, and emotions in a new venture. Starting a business is tough for everyone, but it’s much harder on anyone who’s not fully committed to it.

On the other hand, if it excites you even more, you may be ready to start your own business. So it’s time to take the important first steps.

The first most important step is …

… get started. A lot of people TALK about starting their own firm, but that’s as far as it goes. Nothing will ever happen unless you get started. Even if getting started means doing more research, then get going!

The second most important step is …

… get a support network. This includes your professional advisors. However, you also need people who have lived what you are going through – fellow entrepreneurs, mentors, coaches. They will help you when the load seems unbearable and keep pushing you when things are going well. 

The next most important step is …

… your next step! Every day in an entrepreneur’s life is a challenge with all the noise. You have to filter through it all to do what’s most important to move your business one more step ahead.

Focusing all your energy every day on what’s most important doesn’t guarantee success. However, it does make the odds a little bit better. 

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