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Lonely at the Top

Success can be isolating, so learn how to stay connected.

This story appears in the April 2005 issue of Entrepreneur. Subscribe »

Sure, owning a successful company has its benefits, but there are draw-backs as well, including feelings of or isolation as the business takes on a life of its own. Those feelings are familiar to Meg Chang, 26, who has seen her Los Angeles-based company, Vantage Staffing Network, rapidly grow, with revenue skyrocketing to over $20 million in the past year. She admits to feeling lonely right after her company was awarded its first major contract.

"While I was thrilled at Vantage's achievement, my time was primarily spent making it happen and maintaining a tough travel schedule, which left little time for anything else," recalls Chang. To help combat isolation, she stayed involved in networking groups such as the Southern California chapter of the U.S. Pan Asian American Chamber of Commerce and the Asian Business Association.

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