The loneliness of excellence

Ryan Eidson  —  May 2, 2016

There comes a time when, after years of study and practice, you get really good at what you do. World-class. Linchpin. Expert.

You’re excellent at your work. Like cream, you’ve come to the top of your game.

Yet, deep down, you feel lonely. The higher you go, the fewer people (it seems) you can relate to. More people watch your every move, and some will criticize your slightest error. Fewer people understand the stress you have and the mental energy it takes to pull off your job.

Rare are those who are respected in their fields who also have close confidants.

Excellence is lonely.

But it doesn’t have to be that way.

What if you could maintain close friends and professional relationships while you excel at your work?

What if you had a group of people who encouraged you in your pursuit of excellence—through both he highs and lows? What if they challenged you to go even further than you dreamed?

Welcome to the idea of a mastermind group.


Ryan Eidson


I have the unique ability to make complex ideas easy to understand. I am the author of A Couple with Common Cents and live in rural Missouri.