I spent a good part of my life teaching English to Second Language Learners, schooling them in reading, writing, and how to speak English. I also devoted long hours outside the classroom supporting these same students on how to successfully maneuver the trials and tribulations around life issues that caused them deep struggle and emotional upheaval in their family unit.
At the time, I did not realize this would not be a lifetime career for me. Instead, another door opened where I would serve couples, particularly women struggling to survive in their broken relationships and often times on the verge of divorce.
I became an entrepreneur, ready to make a difference, passionate in saving committed long- term relationships, bringing out the best in the couples I coach.
What I didn’t think about was the long hours that it would take to pursue a successful business and how it would interfere with my personal time with my husband. I also had no idea that there would be a considerable learning curve involved in bringing a business up to speed in order to become a successful entrepreneur.
One thing I have learned, entrepreneurs have to be patient. Overnight success happens to a few people, but the majority of entrepreneurs must be willing to put in long hours on their journey to the top.
Realistically speaking, making it as an entrepreneur is stressful and it is normal to live through tough times; especially when it strains the survival of your relationship due to financial goals not immediately being met.
For those of us in a long-term relationship, you need to be creative in finding ways to show your partner that they are still appreciated. You can set aside time for a quick date, such as a 30 minute walk, or catching a bite to eat together. You can build a business and have a loving relationship if you make the most of the time you have together.
Don’t leave your partner out of your business. When you are writing blog articles, copy for sales pages, or new content for your website, ask for a second opinion by sharing the work you have produced. Getting another’s point of view is an excellent way to get that person involved in your business, helping you to produce more quality content and at the same time making your partner feel valued.
Take the time to ask your better half about how their workday turned out. What were the highs and lows of the day? This action demonstrates that your business is not the only important focus in your life. Share with each other how things are going when you are apart.
Communicating what you are feeling will help you both to understand and appreciate each other more. This will bring you closer together and increase the desire to support each other’s successes.