The reality is – even when surrounded by a team and a large community, business owners still can feel occupational loneliness. This comes from both not knowing WHERE to ask for support but also HOW to ask for support. Have you been conditioned to always be the giver of support instead of the receiver? One of the lessons I learned from my Italian great-uncle Mike was to always be the holder of favours, never owe anyone anything! Wow, what a belief to have arcing into my last decade of running my own businesses and creating communities of resilience and prosperity.
Thanks Uncle Mike but that is a fast track to burnout and loneliness when you’re running a business.
The problem is resilience has long been seen as a signal of victory in challenging times and not as the result of being fully supported, prosperous and cared for. How can we change the unease some people have about asking for support?