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Oct 2nd, 2016 Share: Share on Twitter Share on Facebook Share on LinkedIn

Life Is Better With Friends

Being an entrepreneur can be a lonely endeavor. You might not have a network of people with whom you can be real. Or you might miss folks who are going through the same stuff as you do — and with whom you can share both your successes and failures. And as generally speaking most people will think you are crazy no matter what — you want to connect with the other crazies.

Surrounding yourself with likeminded people is so important. A good chunk of the success of the likes of Y Combinator, Tech Stars or Singularity University’s Global Solutions Program is becoming part of the network of people who are walking in your shoes. Folks with whom you can exchange ideas, who are helping and challenging you and who might also become your first customers, suppliers, partners.

I highly recommend taking the time to find your tribe — this can be your local co-working space, an incubator or accelerator program or something you create for yourself.

My friends from Google for Entrepreneurs spend most of their energy on just that — building and supporting physical infrastructure which brings entrepreneurs together. Check out their campuses (which are gorgeous and where you frequently find some of the most amazing entrepreneurs in a region working together) and the programs all around the globe they support. And this is just the tip of the iceberg — luckily you can find startup communities pretty much anywhere these days (including this very community — come and join our Facebook group).

It is so important to surround yourself with likeminded people — get out there and make some new friends! Your life as an entrepreneur will be better for it.

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