Thoughts Like Waves

If you’re overly introspective, it can sometimes feel like you are a slave to your own thoughts. You can control your thoughts, but it takes a lot of work. Mostly… Thought just happens. Like breathing, as long as you’re alive… Thought just happens. Thoughts are like ocean waves rolling into the shore. Some are good, and some are bad. If you’re a surfer, you can’t control the ocean. Surfers don’t worry about the bad waves… They enjoy the brief good ones. If you’re not a surfer, even better… Instead of…

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The Five People You Spend Your Time With (as a Solopreneur)

You, you, you, you and you. There’s a theory that you’re the average of the five people you spend your time with… But what if those five people are you, you, you, you and you, how are you supposed to improve?  As a solopreneur, not having a feedback loop and access to others who can help could be delivering serious downward pressure on your success.  It might be helpful to find a co-working space, form a Meetup group, become part of a Mastermind group, or just get out of the…

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The Most Important CEO

Claiming the title of “CEO” as a solopreneur typically doesn’t look or even feel great. I did this once… And it always felt a little silly. A Chief Executive Officer needs to lead others in business and it’s assumed that the CEO has earned the right to this title by leading successfully in the past.  That said, being the CEO of yourself is, first and foremost, the most important thing you can be.  Being able to lead yourself, to give orders and receive them, to prioritize and execute according to…

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Why Entrepreneurs Fail

While most businesses fail because they run out of money, most solopreneurs and very early stage entrepreneurs fail because of personal struggles.  The personal struggles that cause entrepreneurs to fail are doubly painful because failure also simultaneously happens for the would be customer… Ultimately, the entrepreneur fails both himself AND thousands of customers he seeks, but in the end fails, to connect with… A universal letdown.  Talk about pressure!  But if you’re suffering as an entrepreneur, know this… You are not alone. I am writing this because I am suffering…

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Solopreneurship and Mental Health

Solopreneur

Solopreneurship, or the process of leading yourself and working to solve interesting real world problems while making a business out of it, introduces specific stresses to an individual. The definition of mental health is a person’s condition with respect to their emotional and psychological well-being. As a solopreneur, your mental health can suffer… Depression in entrepreneurs is common. Indeed, being a solopreneur can make your mental health worse because talking to yourself may be your only form of therapy. Solopreneurship is a growing phenomenon… More and more people of all…

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Detached

Meditation

Working from home as a solopreneur has negative side effects. One of them is that you don’t see people. Being detached causes you to think too much. You think too much because you need to do the work of both the boss and the co-worker yourself. Feedback? Ask yourself. Confused and need assistance? Ask Google. Bummed out and need to talk with someone? Start Internet browsing or go for walk if you’re lucky. Ultimately, too much thinking when you’re on your own, depending on your psychological tendencies or mental state,…

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