Not sure if entrepreneurs are known as “lonely lions”, but what I can tell you is that being an entrepreneur or any sort of leader, for that matter, is indeed very lonely.
Some people even say that the worst part of being an entrepreneur is the loneliness itself.
Well, short and sweet, here are the psychological reasons why being an entrepreneur is typically lonely:
- We human beings are social beings. We do things in groups, that’s what made us thrive up to where we are, but that’s also what stops us from achieving our best potential. It makes us all regress toward the mean.
- The vast majority of people just want to feel safe and comfortable by doing what everyone else does. Simple. And being an entrepreneur (and notice that any entrepreneur has a leader within him), goes directly against the social and collective rules of the society.
- People don’t want to lead. They want to be led. No one wants to walk a lonely path, we all want to feel like we belong. That’s why we have lunch in groups, that’s why we prefer to go to the gym with a friend, that’s why we are terrified of ending up our lives alone.
- But the truth is, entrepreneurs understand that it is simply part of the game. If you’re willing to create something new, to change things, to impact the society, you cannot be restrained by the average level of the society, you have to think different.
- And that’s why entrepreneurs are lonely and tend to relate more with other entrepreneurs. It’s for the simple fact that the bulk of the society will never understand what it is like to want to have an impact, to truly want to live up to your true potential, to “put a dent in the universe”.
And that’s why entrepreneurs are lonely lions.
I’ve some recommended readings for you if you find this topic interesting:
- The Entrepreneurial Mind: Thinking Differently
- The Beliefs of Extraordinary Entrepreneurs
- My First Startup “Failure”: Walkamole, €80k revenues in less than 6 Months