Building Connections: Combating Loneliness in Entrepreneurship

"The business of business is relationships; the business of life is human connection." -Robin S. Sharma

Business owners and entrepreneurs are no strangers to working long hours, and it is easy to become isolated and experience feelings of loneliness. At the end of the day, you want to surround yourself with people who improve your overall well-being and help combat those feelings of loneliness and isolation.  

“Globally, employee wellbeing declined in 2023, particularly among younger employees (under age 35), according to the study. Not only is the global workforce experiencing loneliness, but stress, sadness, and anger are also on the rise.” It is more important than ever to acknowledge these feelings and find ways to help mitigate them. 

Prioritize building relationships 

Create a strong support system, both personally and professionally. Having a strong network will make you better equipped to cope with problems by boosting your self-esteem and sense of autonomy. With the encouragement of others, you will be able to see yourself as capable of taking on difficult situations, which will give you a sense of accomplishment and success.  

Strong relationships with others can also:  

  • Improve your ability to recover from stress, anxiety, and depression.  
  • Promote healthy habits and improve physical activity.  
  • Improve sleep and quality of life.  
  • Reduce your risk of violent and suicidal behaviours.  
  • Prevent death from chronic diseases.  
  • Lower anxiety and depression.  
  • Help to regulate emotions.  
  • Boost self-esteem and empathy.  

Create healthy habits 

Create healthy habits outside of your work hours that allow opportunities to connect with people and cultivate meaningful relationships. It can be tempting to spend your downtime alone or scrolling social media endlessly, but nurturing interpersonal relationships is a healthy habit that helps avoid doomscrolling or becoming withdrawn.  

  • Take time to explore events happening around your community. 
  • Arrange a coffee or lunch date. 
  • Take in a local lecture or book reading. 
  • Look for a local networking event that you find interesting.  

The more you put yourself out there, the more likely you will find individuals you relate to and connect with. 

Reframe your thinking 

Embracing a growth mindsetwill have a positive impact on you and your business. “A person with a growth mindset will often lean into challenges and push themselves out of their comfort zone; they believe that failure is an opportunity to learn and grow, which helps to stave off the fear that comes with it.”  

When you develop a growth mindset, you are more likely to push yourself out of your comfort zone, to seize opportunities and actively pursue avenues to build a framework of a supportive network. 

Finding like-minded individuals who add value and joy to your life means having someone to bounce ideas off, vent about common problems with, and knowing you have someone in your corner. 

Taking the time to build genuine connections will ultimately lead to having valuable relationships, helping you feel connected and less alone. 

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