Let's talk transformation of an entrepreneur & the toll it can take on marriages, relationships.
How many of you already were - or at least knew you would become - entrepreneurs when you first met your spouses/partners?
If you're anything like me, then you had a vision of building a corporate career. And that's what my husband "signed up for".
When I lost my job the same week I found out we were expecting our first daughter, we sat down and talked options: do I go find another job? Part-time job? Do I start a business? Do I get into a MLM? I knew one thing: staying home and not making money was not an option. Not for our budget, nor my self-esteem.
But no one could have prepared us for the reality of starting up a business, and lifestyle of an entrepreneur. No, not what we get to see on the outside - but what goes on behind the closed doors, and within ourselves.
When things don't go as planned. When that lucrative client bails out. When you work many more hours without pay than you did in the 9-5 for a pay. When bills start to pile up. When self-doubt kicks in. When you are consistently distracted. When you start investing money you don't have into bettering yourself, and your business. When all you have left is faith. Belief. Determination.
And you are not in it alone. There is your spouse, trying to be supportive, trying to be understanding... And sometimes, they just can't take it anymore, and they say it: "OK, when is that money coming? What happened to that client? And that prospect? Why don't you take a week off? You're taking laptop along?"
We've all been there.
And when you finally make it, when money does come in, when the results do show... You already have new ones, bigger, bolder ones. There is still something more you work towards. That's what you do...
So, it's not an easy journey. It's hard. They did not sign up for it. And it can take a toll.
I've been there. My clients have been there. I got the support system that I need.
Do you have yours?