These days everyone thinks they need to be an entrepreneur, be a business owner or create a "brand."
It's not as easy as the memes and inspirational GaryVee videos want you to believe. I do not mean to
If you want to be a gym owner and build a business that works for you I can tell you through my personal experience that having access to people who have been there and done that will be your greatest asset.
You can try to do it alone but you will quickly learn the harsh reality of the grind. You can read all the motivational books (I did that), take all the online courses/certifications (I did that too) but I can assure you that if you are smart your biggest asset will eventually be a network of other successful business owners who add insight and perspective to your journey.
Networking will help you develop and improve your skill set, stay on top of the latest trends in your industry, keep tabs on the job market, meet prospective mentors, partners, clients, and gain access to vital resources that will foster your career development and longevity.
Surround yourself with those who inspire you, support you, provide you with guidance and at times, call you out on your own bullshit.