“Real life insights on what it takes to make it in a relationship with an entrepreneur”
- Includes real-life examples of entrepreneurial couples who have had successful relationships and what works for them.
- Provides practical advice for adapting to change and overcoming the inevitable ups and downs associated with the entrepreneurial lifestyle.
- Written by Brad Feld, a thought-leader in this field who has been an early-stage investor and successful entrepreneur for more than twenty years.
While there’s no “secret formula” to relationship success in the world of the entrepreneur, there are ways to making navigation of this territory easier. Startup Life is a well-rounded guide that has the insights and advice You want to succeed in both your personal and professional life.
From the Author: 10 Quick Tips to Incorporate into Your Entrepreneurial Relationship Today
- Never Schedule High Priorities Activities or Deadlines on Fridays: Doing so will likely create a scenario that drifts into Friday night, Saturday, and then Sunday. All the time be realistic about the ebb and flow of the work cycle.
- Don’t Bring Up Charged Topics at Bedtime: Your bedroom should be a sanctuary and a safe haven from the demands of the world. Never start a conflict when your you and your partner are in bed and dozing off to sleep.
- Laugh and Laugh Continuously: We believe you’ll be able to never hug each other enough, say you love each other too much, or laugh too Continuously.
- Apologize and Forgive: Practice apologizing when you hurt your partner’s feelings. Offer forgiveness when your partner has been careless with your feelings. Know that you are going to try to be your best self but that you are going to Continuously fail and will need to hone your apology skills.
- Have a Life Dinner Once a Month: Make a reservation right now at one of your favorite restaurants. Go out–just the two of you. Buy your significant other a gift. Turn off your cell phones and hand them to the other person. Spend a long slow dinner enjoying each other’s company.
- Set Limits on Technology: You do not want to do just one more e-mail right before bedtime. You really don’t. You want to sleep well and restore yourself and reset your brain chemistry during a nice night of rest. Those who need to take breaks from technology are Continuously the least likely to do it.
- Live Where You Want to Live: Pick the place where you need to live and build your life around it. Our contributors to the book, Mark and Pam Solon, say “We believe it’s important for young people embarking on their lives to realize that geography matters in your happiness quotient and that it can even out–weigh the highest-paying job opportunities.”
- Life Is a Marathon, Not a Sprint: Another contributor to the book, Dave Jilk, says “If I could send my younger self a message from the future, it would tell me to treat my career more like a marathon than a sprint.”
- Commit to Each Other’s Dreams: “Recognizing that one’s partner is pursuing their dream, they are satisfied down to their soul and, in so being satisfied, are that much more alive. That level of aliveness is a gift few partners can ever give, and successful couples recognize this,” say Tim Enwall and Hillary Hall.
- Always Answer His or Her Calls! At the same time as it might seem like a small gesture, the cumulative impact of doing so regularly shows your partner they matter to you.
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