How do I deal with loneliness and confusion?

Monday, June 15th, 2009

Dear Norm,
I have a $3-million business and several paid advisers—accountants, lawyers, and so on—but I feel alone and, frankly, confused. Where do I find someone I can talk to who doesn’t have his or her own agenda?

Dear Henry,
First, understand that there’s nothing unusual about feeling alone and confused. Entrepreneurs are always alone, and we all do a lot of groping in the dark. In fact, loneliness is the biggest challenge we all face. Fortunately, there are many places you can go to get unbiased advice, including industry conferences, business seminars, and networking groups, not to mention organizations like SCORE (Service Corps of Retired Executives), the counseling arm of the Small Business Administration. If you want one-on-one advice from an entrepreneur still active in business, look around your town and pick out a business you really admire. Then I’d write or call the person behind it.
Yours truly, Norm

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