Entrepreneurship is not easy and this is no news. The day an individual decides to become an entrepreneur is the day that the individual takes the bull of uncertainties by the horns. There will be profits, there will be losses, there will joy, there will be sadness or even depression; but most importantly, there will be loneliness.
From the youngest teenage entrepreneur who runs a Shopify store from his dorm room to the CEO of a multinational company who is saddled with the responsibility of taking his company to the next level, an entrepreneur’s journey is by default a lonely one.
But it doesn’t have to be this way. An increasing lot of entrepreneurs and mentors show that this common cycle of loneliness, boredom and depression can be overcome or even avoided. In this story, learn the techniques of Sean Lourdes; an American entrepreneur, philanthropist and business mentor.
Making money appears to be the first goal of most businesspersons. To be realistic, making money through buying and selling of products and services, as well as accumulating assets is what capitalism is all about. Why then would any entrepreneur want to give more when the system is designed to make him take more?
The strategy is to reduce the focus on profits only. Keeping this in mind, what better way to do this than give a part of the profit an entrepreneur makes? “Brilliant entrepreneurs know that obsession with profit is a no-no as it the insatiable nature of humans simply entails that no amount of profit made will never be enough” Says Sean.
It is just not logical to journey to the end of a road that has no end. Contentment is key, and giving more helps the entrepreneur check the instincts that drive him or her towards “capitalist greed” if there is any such term. The implication? The entrepreneur will have more time to enjoy life as the many hours dedicated to making several millions and billions will be reduced to a meaningful yet effective minimum. A heart obsessed with profits is a lonely heart. It hardly finds succor even in the abundance of the many little things that make life wonderfully fun.
A lot has changed in the last twenty years. Two decades ago, almost all entrepreneurs had a reason or two to leave their homes daily. Brick and mortar stores were the order of the day. Fast-forward to 2019 and the landscape is totally different.
Today, many people run businesses from the comfort of their homes. We have social media agencies, ecommerce and dropshipping companies, digital marketing agencies, public relations agencies, life coaching practices – all of these businesspersons and more need just a PC or phone with an internet connection to run their businesses. It is the same for content writers, programmers, translators, internet influencers and more.
Too many entrepreneurs spend their days behind a computer screen, drinking soda and chewing French fries these days; struggling with loneliness or anxiety. Top business executives who need not always be on the ground to do physical work often struggle with bouts of loneliness too. But then again, travelling has an interesting way of dealing with this problem.
For people who work from the internet, work can be done anywhere – at the top of the Burj Khalifa in Dubai; Under the Eiffel Tower in Paris; in an African Zoo; on a beach in the Caribbean Islands; or even from a hotel room in Hong Kong. People who do this are often called “digital nomads.” In his words, Sean says “I can work in nomad mode as I own a real estate investment company which targets tenants in desirable locations such as Hollywood Hills. . . . . and one of my major reasons for choosing real estate is that it allows me to travel. My experiences in Italy, Switzerland, Thailand, Japan and Bali (India) are worth the life I have chosen for myself.”
Travel sometimes comes with new lessons too. For instance, Megan Thomas (Sean’s partner) recounts how she got certified as a yoga instructor in a previous visit to Bali. In her words “When I have stress,” says the business-minded mother of one, “I tell Sean we should take a break and do a couple minutes of yoga. I have always loved fitness and Sean helped me earn my yoga instructor certification in Bali, which is some 200 hours of yoga”
Now, people who work full-time online might travel the world for years without returning to their home towns. But then, top business executives and people who run brick and mortar businesses have to do this a little differently – by taking periodic trips to new locations. As long as it doesn’t cost a fortune, a vacation in an interesting clime is not a bad idea.
It’s easy to socialize these days. The internet has made it so. But social media and all the beauties it promises do not compare to the human-to-human relationships to be enjoyed at live events, functions and ceremonies.
There is Funnel Hacking Live for people who use ClickFunnels; 10X Conference by Grant Cardone, the Oscars, networking events, wedding ceremonies, house warming celebrations, indigenous festivals and more. These are wonderful opportunities to go out, meet and connect with people.
This is where Sean Lourdes is at his best. Over the years, he has met with some of the biggest names across various industries such as Bill Clinton, Barrack Obama, Mel Gibson, Selena Gomez, Lionel Richie and more. Through his efforts in networking and socializing, he managed to bring His Holiness, the Dalai Lama to an event hosted by The Lourdes Foundation in 2014.
It will be very difficult for anyone to be lonely in the company of all these great people. Online, offline or even a blend of both, entrepreneurs cannot afford to not socialize with people.
In a Nutshell
Do not forget to live life while being an entrepreneur. To be fair, most people who become entrepreneurs were motivated by the desire to escape the 9-5 life. It then makes no sense that entrepreneurs gets trapped in the same kind of life they are trying to escape. The situations may be different but the suffering would be the same.
Giving more to the world reduces the obsession for profit. Travelling more makes it possible to have a good time, see new places and interact with people. Socializing and networking combats loneliness. All these when done at the same time makes entrepreneurship – an otherwise challenging lifestyle – pretty much fun. And that’s the way Sean Lourdes likes it.