Unless you’re a mushroom, you won’t thrive in dark isolation. Instead, you’ll wither away in body and spirit.
Yet plenty of entrepreneurs readily cut themselves off from others. In the process, they stunt their own growth and hinder themselves from achieving work/life balance.
Human connection is a critical component of personal and professional success. I’ve spent a lifetime building relationships in and out of the office, and I can say that doing so helps boost my mental health and cushions me from bearing the full brunt of the tough stuff.
Case in point: In the late 2000s, my toy store startup was teetering on the brink of closure. My cofounder and I were in over our heads. Instead of burying our heads in the sand, we bared our souls — and books — to the team we’d built. To our relief, our employees didn’t run for the hills. Rather, they rose to the challenge of picking our company up off the floor.
Within two years, we were all celebrating being named one of the fastest-growing companies in the US by Inc. That achievement would never have happened without a heckuva lot of authentic relationships forged on trust and honesty.
My experience is supported by the words of Dr. Tina Payne Bryson, psychotherapist and New York Times best-selling author. As Dr. Byrson told The Aspen Times in a 2018 interview: “How we make decisions, how our whole frontal lobe functions — it’s related to the quality of the connections we receive.” In other words, we cannot fully function without friends. Read more here…