Being an entrepreneur can be an emotional journey filled with ups and downs. Sure, if we keep our ultimate goal in mind, we find a way to keep pushing and make things happen, but that doesn’t mean it’s easy. Sometimes pursuing the entrepreneurial dream can be so challenging, the stress from it can begin to leak into other areas of our lives. And when we are under a great deal of stress, who has to deal with our ups and downs the most? Our spouse, of course.
But does being an entrepreneur mean that your marriage has to suffer? I don’t believe so. I think there is a way to put in the hours, make your dreams come true, and make your marriage thrive. And to take things one step further, there are things you can do to help your marriage and business grow simultaneously. We live in world that’s about choices, but choosing to be an entrepreneur does not mean that you are putting your dreams before your marriage. Rather, it means that you value yourself and your marriage enough to pursue your dreams because you know the unfortunate reality you will face if you grow old without reaching your true potential.
A happy marriage and a successful business are both noble pursuits, and trying to make both happen at the same time is not easy. I strongly believe, however, that it is very possible. I refuse to believe the hype that tells us that something of value has to suffer for us to reach great heights with something else we value. I don’t want you to believe the hype either.
Here are 3 tips to help you reach great heights while growing your business and your marriage.
Your health and your marriage must always come first.
Trying to build an empire while your spouse is pissed off and your health is suffering is just too much drama for me. I think your health must be a priority no matter what you pursue in life. If you are overweight while suffering from hypertension, joint problems, and pre-diabetes—and you are doing nothing about it—you can’t be surprised when your business and your marriage begin to fail. Start with self-care.
Once you have that under control, remember that you made a commitment before God to stand by your spouse. You can’t ignore that commitment for the sake of your entrepreneurial dreams. Sure, you need to discuss expectations and what the next few years of your life may look like, but the commitment you made must always take priority. Your spouse is there to provide support, something you need in a major way when establishing a business. If you neglect your support system, they may ultimately neglect you. That is a risk you don’t want to take.