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Is Entrepreneurship the loneliest profession in the world?

Entrepreneurship definitely qualifies to be the loneliest profession in the world.You'd always find yourself lonely. Be it in the company of friends who make no sense at all or in the company of people who'd always be cynical of your venture.What's surprising is that when you're in the company of people you'd crave for your loneliness but when you're lonely you wish there was somebody who could understand you.I guess that is perhaps the biggest battle an entrepreneur has to face while he is building his company.The other battles that he faces seem minuscule to this.All this seemed quite theoretical to me 3 years back but now when I am running my own venture which is still to see the light of the day loneliness seems very real.Perhaps its my greatest asset as of now.Any ideas on this are more than welcome.

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Kate Hiscox
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Kate Hiscox Entrepreneur • Advisor
Boss at Venzee
It's important to build a team, even a single co-founder. This provides balance on several levels. Thanks for posting this, I suspect it will strike a chord with many. Sent from my iPhone
Lane Campbell
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Lane Campbell Advisor
Lifelong Entrepreneur
My father has been my pillar of support throughout all the different endeavors I have undertaken in life. I try to pay the lessons he taught me forward by helping others as much as humanly possible. No one is alone, there are tons of others out there either going through the same horrible experiences or who have gone through them already. If you need to talk please don't hesitate to reach out to chat with me (iam at lane dot ninja is my email).

I'll never forget an experience I had when I ran my consulting firm. Within a 48 hour period I had a customer tell me that they loved my team and couldn't imagine their life without my company helping them grow, followed by another customer who sat 10 feet from me and told them they hated me and wished they had never heard of my company.

My team didn't treat either of those two customers differently. The customer who professed their love to us had spent $300k in the previous 12 months and the customer who hated us had spent about $100k that year. The happy customer had integrated our consulting team into their business at a decision making level and we delivered what they expected every time. The relationship we had was amazing. The problem was the smaller customer had purchased a solution that they didn't understand the limitations of through my company. We were implementing this solution and it wasn't doing what they expected and it was negatively impacting their business.

At the time there were a number of challenges we were facing in the business and it all felt overwhelming. Life goes on though. The business challenges you face today will fade into the successes earned by learning from your experiences.

Don't let the challenges of running a startup get you down. Even if you fail you aren't a failure, you learned a lot and you will apply that to the next one. Successful people are persistent. Don't give up! Don't give in! Go get yours!
Michael Li Clayton
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I.T. Manager at Select Racing (Vic) Australia
True entrepreneurs can see the future. I am quite often shunned by investors and other business people as they just cannot see or understand a future concept. I had a single business in 1980 an no major newspapers would take my advertising. Now these same newspapers own online dating sites. Today I have a new singles concept and no-one not even even experienced investors will talk with me.
Alex Konovalov
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Alex Konovalov Entrepreneur
Systems Analyst at BitExperts.com

I think it was Ben Horowitz who said that "managing their own psychology" is among the biggest challenges for entrepreneurs. You could google that up and read more on what he said there.

Yes it could be lonely, esp if you are a solo founder.

What works well for me is going out to local entrepreneurial events (you could find them at meetup.com) and talking to people, growing my network, practice social skills, etc.

I guess you have not launched your product yet? B/c once you launch, it is all fun for a while, and does not feel like lonely at all b/c you go out and talk to people / users / customers and it is very social.

So the loneliness would most likely become less of an issue once you launch. How far are you from launching your MVP?



Saurabh Saha
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Saurabh Saha Advisor
Co Founder at Talent Pegs
We just launched our product yesterday. But the point is most of the people I meet turn out to be mere acquaintances as the relationship doesn't blossom out of social media.Making friends at 35 is a tough deal.Most of the times I don't like people I meet because there is a clear mismatch of frequency.Social events turn out to be a boredom.Its like I have become a hollow vessel with an inability to experience happiness.Reading a book, working on my business and achieving something are apparently the only times I experience happiness. I've been a lonely person most of my life so I don't really mind being lonely but I guess it also creates some kind of an inhibition when it comes to meeting people.I just go out when its business and I have to meet people.Personally 2 or 3 close friends are the only people on this planet who understand me and I can talk my guts out with them and I savor those moments so that I can cherish them forever as I know I won't make any new friends but business acquaintances where the relationship won't extend beyond business at all.I know I sound like a crackpot but believe me I am pouring my heart out :)
Sara Kavana
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Sara Kavana Entrepreneur
Founder and C.E.O at AskDiabetes.com
Entrepeneurship is certainly a lonely road....From my experience today after spending a lot of time,money,leaving a career that i was very good, my advice is:
Start always with people that are 100% alligned with you,same goals,same way of thinking
Dont negotiate with this.
Make sure though that YOU are the one that has the last word and resolution.
When you live other people to decide,the business is not anymore yours and your Mission and Vission is out the d
Rajat Saxena
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Rajat Saxena Entrepreneur
Creator: Pollen Chat | Founder: Rayn Studios
I totally agree with you. I am also starting up and busy with getting the prototype ready. I have been building the product since last one year and it's still not complete. During this journey I met a few people who really loved my idea and were ready to share my load but it takes only 10-20 days for them to realize that this much amount of work was not what they were expecting.
On the basis this I've come to the conclusion that most of the people you meet "just want to share your profits but not your pain". My gf keeps blaming me that I am busy all the time no matter what day it is. But I guess that's okay if no one understands you while you are building your product, once you become successful those same people will come back to you again.
Julien Fruchier
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Julien Fruchier Entrepreneur
Founder at Republic of Change
Better to have a few true friends than lots of fairweather "friends." Don't disperse your energy harvesting relationships that don't matter in the bigger scheme of things. Use it to create something wonderful instead.
Tim Bichara
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Tim Bichara Entrepreneur
Helping businesses get the most from mobile technology - Consultant at Nimble Mobile, CCO at Conscious 2
Saurabh

I agree that being an Entrepreneur is a lonely road. But it sounds like you might actually be depressed.

I think you might need to reach out for some help.

Tim x
Saurabh Saha
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Saurabh Saha Advisor
Co Founder at Talent Pegs
Thanks Tim but I am actually not that depressed :)

I think i'll survive....
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