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Stop Being a Heroic Entrepreneur

Let's start by painting a picture. You're early in your business and you feel the weight of the world on your shoulders. You started a business in the first place because you believe in yourself and your idea. You're confident in your abilities and know that you have to do whatever it takes to make it work. It's up to you... Late nights, early mornings, solving all of the problems, making all of the decisions, riding the relentless wave of wins and losses. It's all part of the journey, right?

What if I told you that this heroic approach to entrepreneurship didn't actually serve you? Better yet, what if I told you I've tried this exact approach for over a decade and experienced first-hand that it didn't work? Furthermore, it leaves you tired, alone, burnt out, and resenting the very thing that you once were so passionate about.

Here's the thing, I LOVE entrepreneurship! The extreme highs and lows, the risk, the need to be a little bit (maybe a lot) crazy. I'm not trying to take away any of the parts of this journey that make it amazing. The fact of the matter is, it is hard, and it should be. What I want to change is the narrative and belief that all of this comes with us being alone.

The belief that with the entrepreneurial journey comes loneliness and a weight to bear just simply doesn't have to be the case. However, it has to start with a belief that there's a better way. A belief that there are people who want to support you and that that support WILL actually make you better and more successful.

Here are a few steps/ideas to shift the weight and loneliness that comes with being an entrepreneur.

  1. Find your people - The early stages of any business are filled with unknowns and extreme highs and lows. Scratch that, unknowns and highs and lows are a part of business and leadership and any point. So, find your people. Your team, your support network, your family, friends, whomever they are, share your journey with them and invite them in to support you. The right people actually want to...

  2. Build together - If you don't have a co-founder or business partner, work to identify who shares a belief in your vision and mission. Remember, your primary job as an entrepreneur is to get the people around you as excited about your vision as you are. Who are they? These are the people who can help carry the load and be your support network when things get heavy (and they will).

  3. Stay in your lane - This one stings. I've tried to do it all. I've thought if I worked harder than everyone else I could figure it out. It was up to me to solve all of the problems right? Wrong! It's our job as leaders to understand where our strengths are and put others in positions to bolster our weaknesses and actually do the job better than we can. If you're the smartest person in the room or are responsible for having all of the ideas, you're doing it wrong...

Look, I'm not saying that the pressures aren't real, or that it doesn't feel lonely at times. What I am saying is that it doesn't have to feel relentless and that you can actually enjoy the process by surrounding yourself with people who are invested in you. You can also build something better than you ever imagined when you invite people in to support you and your vision.

So, if you're spending more time trying to be a hero than looking for your support network, here's your queue to pivot.

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