How to Get Rid of Professional Isolation and Loneliness—for Good

As the CEO of a large corporation, I surrounded myself with a leadership team that helped me stay energized, focused on our goals, and ready for the challenges that come in the marketplace.

How to Get Rid of Professional Isolation and Loneliness—for Good

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But when I started the next chapter of my life as a full-time author, blogger, and platform-builder, I suddenly found myself without the benefits of that community. I didn’t realize how important that was to me until it was gone. Honestly, there were times the road felt pretty lonely.

If you’re a blogger, solopreneur, or speaker, I bet you can identify with that. For many of us, we do our work in isolation, at odd hours, without the kind of workplace community that helps us feel connected and grow.

That’s when I realized I needed to be intentional about surrounding myself with other entrepreneurs—people like me, people who were building their own platforms, people who were driven and could help push me and keep me motivated.

Corporations create community by accident. They just collect a lot of heads under one umbrella.

I wanted to purposefully create a shared learning environment. I figured if I felt this way, others must as well. So why not make room for people like me to learn about growing their platform, while also making space for us to support and share with one another?

That’s why I created Platform University, and it’s succeeded beyond my expectations.

You can join now before the price goes up on Friday. I’ll tell you more about that in a minute.

I’d like to highlight some of the tremendous progress our members are making. Some are just starting out. Others have a lot more experience. But all of them are moving the needle—and that inspires me to keep moving forward myself.

So join me in the comments in congratulating these members for their progress and contribution to the Platform University community:

Tammy HelfrichTammy Helfrich didn’t have any previous experience, but Tammy recently launched her own podcast and is off to a great start. She has now recorded almost twenty episodes and is connecting with her audience is a whole new way. Way to go Tammy!
Jonathan MilliganJonathan Milligan decided to form a group of likeminded individuals from within the community. He assembled a mastermind of individuals at similar places in their platform-building journeys, assigned roles, and scheduled regular meetings. He then laid out his entire strategy in the community forums so others can replicate the groups’ success.
Chad AllenChad Allen was able to go from generating 147 email subscription in a year to 276 in one day by adding a simple email incentive using OptinSkin. Additionally, Chad’s traffic tripled from 450 visits in a day to over 1,450. And like Jonathan, he outlines each step of his process in his recent forum post. Amazing progress.
Matt LawMatt Law launched a new blog and received over 1,400 unique visitors in just 30 days. As he explains in a recent forum post, his strategy included both video and incentives. The successful launch resulted in an additional $12,000 in revenue. Now that’s inspiring!

What will your success story be when you get plugged into a community like this? Maybe you’ll start a podcast, launch a successful book project, or see a huge spike in your blog traffic.

Whatever you do, with a community like the one we have at Platform University, you’ll get to your next inflection point faster than you can on your own.

Most importantly, you won’t be on your own anymore. You’ll be surrounded by a group of likeminded peers ready to celebrate your wins, encourage you to keep going when things get tough, and cheer you on to new heights.

But hurry! As you probably already know, Thursday, September 12th, is the last day to become a member of Platform University for the low price of $25 a month. The price goes up on Friday to $30 a month.

Join now and save $60 per year ($5 per month). That’s less than 85¢ a day. And you can always cancel your membership at any time.

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  • http://www.twitter.com/erikjfisher/ Erik Fisher

    As Jon Acuff says: “Fear fears community”. I love the idea of “purposefully create a shared learning environment”.

    • http://www.LifewithGreatFriends.com/ Doug Terpening

      Erik, Great quote by Jon Acuff. Community does way more than I realize at times.

      • Megan Hyatt Miller, Platform U

        Yes! Great quote.

    • http://www.MicheleCushatt.com/ Michele Cushatt

      Yes. Truth.

  • http://JonDHarrison.com/ Jon D Harrison

    I love being a member of Platform University (and its only been a bit more than a week). If you are on the fence, now is an awesome to hop off!

    Seriously cool things happening inside.

    • http://www.LifewithGreatFriends.com/ Doug Terpening

      Jon, I just joined as well. Man, there is a ton of useful stuff.

    • Megan Hyatt Miller, Platform U

      Thanks for your kind words, Jon, and welcome! We look forward to getting to know you and learn about what you are working on.

      • http://JonDHarrison.com/ Jon D Harrison

        Now I just need to make more time available to get “caught up”!

  • http://www.danerickson.net/ Dan Erickson

    I’m still teaching and am a part of that community, but I have also found community among bloggers and have already met Jon Stolpe, a fellow blogger in person, and will meet a couple more in Portland a few weeks. Community must be built.

    • http://www.MicheleCushatt.com/ Michele Cushatt

      And takes both time and intentionality. You’re doing it, Dan.

  • http://www.chrisjeub.com/ Chris Jeub

    Michael, you are pushing a very tender button of mine. I feel isolation and loneliness often. I’ve accepted that it comes with the territory of entrepreneurship and ministry.

    But, I too have found ways to make up for it, and Platform University has been a big help. I’m proud to be one of the first signups on your list. =)

    • Megan Hyatt Miller, Platform U

      Chris, we are honored to have you and you are an asset to conversation within the membership. Watching the community at Platform University develop has been a joy. It is incredibly rewarding to know that the community that has assembled there is alleviating the aloneness so many of us feel professionally.

      • http://www.chrisjeub.com/ Chris Jeub

        A very thoughtful reply, Megan. Thanks!

    • http://www.jmlalonde.com Joe Lalonde

      I’m with you man. I’m glad you’re finding some relief in the Platform community. Keep digging in and you’ll see the burden ease even more.

  • http://www.LifewithGreatFriends.com/ Doug Terpening

    Seth Godin said it well, “The next time you feel lonely, disconnected or unappreciated, consider that unlike many other maladies, this one hits everyone ” I appreciate you sharing the reality that many, really most of us feel lonely. Thanks for showing the way by purposefully creating a community. Please share more.

    • http://www.MicheleCushatt.com/ Michele Cushatt

      Great quote by Godin. He’s absolutely right. In fact, current research states that loneliness and disconnect are on a steep rise, in spite of our media-saturated culture.

      • http://www.LifewithGreatFriends.com/ Doug Terpening

        Michele-I love research to back what I feel. Do you by chance have a link to any research articles about the rise of loneliness?

        • http://www.MicheleCushatt.com/ Michele Cushatt

          Two of the best books on the subject include “Bowling Alone,” by Robert Putnam and “Loneliness: Human Nature and the Need for Social Connection,” by John Cacioppo and William Patrick. Bowling Alone is 12 years old, but still timely and the research compelling. Loneliness was reprinted a couple years ago, and again is very timely.

      • http://www.thadthoughts.com/ Thad Puckett

        I think the media-saturation contributes to the problem. We have more avenues to communicate (all the time), but do so less. There is no permanence, no real presence, in a connected world where proximity (to others) isn’t required.

  • http://stonewallmonroe.wordpress.com/ William Stonewall Monroe

    If you have a supportive family, they can often be a great place to start. Though I need to think on this some more to figure out how to find some additional community, especially for my music/writing aspirations.

    Ooh, what about a “dream” night? Make some good hot tea and invite people to come and work on their dreams. Hmm… I will think on that further.

    • http://www.LifewithGreatFriends.com/ Doug Terpening

      William-I just got back from Dan Miller’s Innovate conference. There was a whole room of people working on their dreams and willing to help others with their dream. It was highly encouraging.

      • http://stonewallmonroe.wordpress.com/ William Stonewall Monroe

        Thanks, Doug. Love Dan Miller’s stuff! It is great to hear that it is a good experience!

  • http://donnielaw.com/ Donnie Law

    Aspects of Matt’s blog look very similar to yours Michael. Is your Platform theme out?

    • Megan Hyatt Miller, Platform U

      Donnie, it is in early limited release. You can learn more here: michaelhyatt.com/get-noticed

  • http://www.tammyhelfrich.com/ Tammy Helfrich

    So honored to be included on this list. Thank you for everything you’ve done to help me on this journey, Michael! Platform University is amazing, and has been a huge help to me.

    • http://www.MicheleCushatt.com/ Michele Cushatt

      LOVED seeing you on this list, Tammy! Well done!

    • http://michaelhyatt.com/ Michael Hyatt

      You are welcome, Tammy.

  • BruceCross

    None of us is as great as the whole. I have under-utilized my involvement in the community to date. However, that has been changing as of recently and I am gaining positive movement forward – eating elephant one bite at a time as I have launched my blog.
    I will say this withouth hesitation – PLATFORM UNIVERSITY IS NOT PERFECT. HOWEVER, EVERY EXPERIENCE AND DELIVERABLE HAS GREATLY EXCEEDED EXPECTATIONS AND HAS BEEN DONE WITH A GENEROUS SPIRIT AND WITH EXCELLENCE!

    • Megan Hyatt Miller, Platform U

      Thanks, Bruce! Our goal is absolutely to exceed your expectations every month. Glad to have you aboard and look forward to seeing you around the forums more often.

    • http://michaelhyatt.com/ Michael Hyatt

      Thanks, Bruce. I appreciate you saying this.

  • Chad R. Allen

    Michael, thanks so much for the mention, I’m grateful. Platform University has already paid for itself many times over, and I’m proud to be an active subscriber! Thank you.

    • http://JonDHarrison.com/ Jon D Harrison

      Great success story Chad!

      • Chad R. Allen

        Thanks, Jon. It was fun to see it happen…and now for the next hill to climb…

  • Robert Hutchins

    I have been un-employed for awhile now and have been missing that community feeling that I get when working. A couple of years ago, my youngest son was diagnosed with an autism spectrum disorder. Now much of the community feeling that we get is from the autism community.

    Considering that many of those in the community have a common cause and many like minded people, it does wonders for us to be able to talk to others that are or have experienced many of the things we experience with my son. It also gives everyone a voice.

  • http://www.curtismchale.ca/ Curtis McHale

    I started a Mastermind group to surround myself with like minded people in my industry. Meeting every Friday together has been an awesome way to help keep us all accountable.

  • http://bloggingyourpassion.com/ Jonathan Milligan

    Love my mastermind group! We are 9 months string into this thing. I found all of my members inside Platform University. There is something powerful that happens when a group brings various strengths to the table AND hold similar values. That is what you’ll find inside Platform University.

    • http://www.jmlalonde.com Joe Lalonde

      So cool Jonathan. You’re killing it with what you’re doing and it’s an inspiration to those who long to be in the position you’re in.

  • http://establishedways.com/ Shelley Molitor

    Woo hop! Way to @Tammy!

    • http://www.tammyhelfrich.com/ Tammy Helfrich

      Thanks, Shelley!

  • http://www.cashcarconvert.com/ James Kinson

    I just joined Platform University within the last week and I have loved the Master Class and Backstage Pass areas.

    I have so much more to explore and learn. I can also take a great deal of inspiration from the four members in the post.

    Anyone still waiting to join needs to jump in!

    Keep the great content coming.

    • http://michaelhyatt.com/ Michael Hyatt

      Thanks, James. I appreciate that!

  • http://dalemelchin.wordpress.com/ Dale Melchin

    Already done! Joined last week!

    • http://michaelhyatt.com/ Michael Hyatt

      Awesome, Dale. Welcome!

      • http://dalemelchin.wordpress.com/ Dale Melchin

        Hey Chief! I wanted to tell you, I really appreciate the fact that you have an audio version of everything on Platform University. Due to the fact that I’m working so much OT(gotta make hay while the sun shines!) I haven’t had the time to set down and work through the video content, the audio content has been great for listening to on breaks and lunches. I think you should make it a point to promote how customizable the Platform University content really is. Its great! Thanks again for all of it!

  • http://dalemelchin.wordpress.com/ Dale Melchin

    I’m battling this right now. Fortunately, I just joined Platform University, so I hope to mitgate and overcome this soon.

  • http://www.jmlalonde.com Joe Lalonde

    So excited to hear the results happening from the Platform community. It’s a great place to be and grow.

  • Kathleen Thompson

    I joined a while ago, but hadn’t really explored the forums much until recently. What a wealth of knowledge there! The sense of community is really helpful too. I encourage everyone to join.

    • http://michaelhyatt.com/ Michael Hyatt

      I love the forums, too.

  • http://www.jackiebledsoe.com/ jbledsoejr

    I joined Platform U as part of a 30-day free trial at the end of July. I only recently began to engage. Wow, have I been missing a lot! I didn’t realize how important this community and engagement was…and how much I can’t do without such a community.

    It prompted me to take a look at how I’ve been missing the mark in some key areas lately, and inspired me to write about it on my blog.

    Here is the link to my post: http://jackiebledsoe.com/how-to-stop-missing-the-mark-as-a-family-leader/

    • http://michaelhyatt.com/ Michael Hyatt

      Thanks, Jackie. I appreciate you writing about this!

      • http://www.jackiebledsoe.com/ Jackie Bledsoe, Jr.

        My pleasure!

  • Simon

    Hello :) Wondering .. How might this benefit small boutique real estate broker firm…

    • http://michaelhyatt.com/ Michael Hyatt

      If you need visibility for your business, you need a platform. Platform University is designed to help anyone in this situation!

      • Simon

        Great answer – haven’t ever done any blogging – nor any social medias.. Is there plenty of help?

        • http://michaelhyatt.com/ Michael Hyatt

          Yep. That’s the whole purpose.

  • http://storiesmadepowerful.com/ Arlen Miller

    All these examples of success are inspiring. Thanks, Michael.

  • Ron Greenfield

    Wow. This sounds really great. Describes exactly where I feel I’m at, trying to push the needle. Just one quick question – I take it people who belong to Platform University are from all over the country and probably outside of it? – Ron Greenfield, Aspects of Entertainment

    • http://michaelhyatt.com/ Michael Hyatt

      Yes, indeed. All over the world.

    • Ron Greenfield

      Thank you Michael. I signed up last night for Platform U. so today I’m going to start navigating through it to get started

      • http://michaelhyatt.com/ Michael Hyatt

        Awesome, Ron. Welcome, aboard!

  • http://jimwoodswrites.com/ Jim Woods

    So glad you mentioned Tammy Helfrich. Never before have I met someone with this AMAZING ability to encourage. And community goes hand in hand with encouragement. A community around you that will support you, challenge you, and help you grow is ESSENTIAL to success.

  • http://obpglobal.com/ Sean Caillot Hawkins

    I just figured a new found appreciation of my motley crew as team members of the creative department. Thank you Michael.