Connect and Grow — Lionesses of Africa

by Carla Wasserfall

One of the basic human needs are the need for belonging. Our brains are wired to belong and this points to connection with others. According to Psychology today online, social connection is beneficial for your health. A research study from Steve Cole shows that healthy social connection can strengthen your immune system and help to recover from disease faster.

However, entrepreneurs are often found to be self-driven, express difficulty in asking for help, and even delegating tasks to get things done due to the speed of getting ideas implemented. At the same time, the isolation of the journey of starting a business has recently been raised as a concern for the mental health of these founders. This highlights even more reason to stay connected.

Social connection is not only good for your health but for your business too.

More than ever, start-up entrepreneurs and business owners need to make a conscious effort to connect and reach out to others for support and guidance which has been the wonderful part of being part of Lionesses to share stories of inspiration on this business journey.

The quote that says, “if you want to go fast, go alone but if you want to go far, go together” and when building a sustainable business of the future, having a team of supporters is one way to enjoy the journey and grow faster.

The benefits of being part of a community and connection is endless but here are a few shared:

  • Personal growth.

  • An increase your sense of connection and belonging.

  • Interpersonal skills

  • Learning from others

  • Collaboration of skills

  • The gift of giving and knowledge sharing

  • Health benefits of connection on your immunity

  • Emotional support

One of the best ways to connect with others is to extend a helping hand to others and this can create a light in your world too. You will feel energized by contributing and even make someone else’s day!   

Ask yourself today, what can I put into immediate action this month to connect more?

Here are some actions to practice for connecting more:

  • Join an entrepreneurs’ group like Lionesses of Africa and attend an event

  • Reach out to someone who has walked where you want to go

  • Help another business owner with expertise you have

  • Setup a coffee and conversation to collaborate

  • Post an encouraging message on social media to other business owners.

  • Get a mentor or coach

Remember this quote by an inspirational woman Helen Keller “Alone, we can do so little; but together we can do so much.”

Connect more and experience personal and business growth. Join a community group and club that can help increase your sense of connection and belonging.


Psychology Today – Connect to Thrive

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