Feeling like an island in your business? There are eight valid reasons why and you can take quick steps to change it. You are not alone and it's not uncommon. Knowing the reasons why this feeling happens to the best of us is the best place to start your journey to eliminating feeling this way.
I'll lead with this...
Entrepreneurs often experience a sense of isolation in business due to various reasons. The reasons vary depending on the person, but there are eight very common reasons why this feeling occurs. I'll take a deep dive into each of these reasons. Self-reflect to determine if any of these feelings resonate with you. Later in the post I'll share what you can do now.
Feeling Like an Island in Business? Here's 8 Reasons Why You May Feel This Way:
Responsibility and Decision-Making:
Entrepreneurs shoulder the ultimate responsibility for the triumph or defeat of their ventures. The gravity of making decisions and being answerable for the results can breed a sense of solitude as they may feel they have few people who truly comprehend these distinct challenges.
Risk and Uncertainty:
Entrepreneurship involves a significant amount of risk and uncertainty. Navigating uncharted territory can be isolating because the entrepreneur is often the one taking the risks, and there may be few people who can relate to or share the burden of those uncertainties.
Many entrepreneurs, especially in the early stages of their ventures, operate with limited resources. This can lead to a smaller team or even solo operations. Limited resources may also restrict their ability to hire or delegate, magnifying the sense of isolation. If you feel like you're on an entrepreneurial island, it's because operating with limited resources can make it challenging to build a team or delegate tasks.
Lack of Understanding:
Friends and family may not fully understand the challenges and demands of entrepreneurship. Entrepreneurs might find it challenging to express their concerns or seek advice from those who haven't experienced the unique pressures of running a business.
Entrepreneurs often set high expectations for themselves and their ventures. The pursuit of ambitious goals can create a sense of isolation, especially if the entrepreneur feels that others don't share or understand their BIG vision and aspirations.
Entrepreneurship is not always set to a strict 9-to-5 schedule. The constant unwavering demands on an entrepreneur's time and energy can lead to social isolation, as they may find it challenging to balance work commitments and nurture personal relationships.
Entrepreneurs may hesitate to share their struggles or uncertainties with others due to concerns about appearing vulnerable or admitting potential weaknesses. This fear can contribute to a sense of isolation, as the entrepreneur may feel they have to navigate challenges alone.
The challenges faced by entrepreneurs are often unique to their industry, market, or business model. This specificity can make it difficult to find peers or mentors who have directly experienced similar situations.
Your Way Forward...
Now that you know the reasons WHY it's common to feel like an island in business, you can address the causes of isolation with proactive steps that'll eliminate this feeling or at least buffer when feeling this way.
Here's What to Do Now
Entrepreneurs who have a vision and community involvement feel less isolated. Having a vision to guide you in your journey is key and when you're rallied around your peeps you're less likely to feel like an island because you'e engaging with like-minded individuals, sharing experiences, and seeking advice that can help mitigate the feelings of being alone in your entrepreneurial journey.
Write the Vision & Find Your People
Write Your Vision
When you take the time to Write Your Vision, you create a space to move freely in a positive direction. So instead of navigating your way through business feeling isolated you're guided by your vision, that simply states what you want to see happen in your business. My Vision Planning Workshop will is a guided vision planning that includes printable planners.
Find Your People
Find Your People. You may have family or friends that provide built-in relationships and that's really important. What's even more valuable is connecting with other sistahs just like you who are entrepreneurs facing similar challenges. I built Cura Circle Society for that exact purpose, as a community to rally women of faith together to connect and collaborate as we help each other become a successful online entrepreneur.