Many people (especially aspiring entrepreneurs) have a romantic view of what entrepreneurship looks like – and while there is a lot of freedom, getting there is a long and difficult journey. It’s The Struggle, Ben Horowitz posits in his poem. A highly rewarding and beautiful struggle, but a struggle nonetheless.
And it’s easy for entrepreneurs to get laser focused on their mission and let everything else slip through the cracks along this journey… if there’s not somebody there to help and offer support.
Our guest Dorcas Cheng-Tozun is an award-winning writer and speaker who explores the intersection of start-up life with marriage, family, and well-being through columns and her book, Start, Love, Repeat: How to Stay in Love with Your Entrepreneur in a Crazy Start-up World.
This isn’t your average book about entrepreneurship. It’s written from Dorcas’ point of view, as the veritable Chief of Staff for her husband’s entrepreneurial endeavors, and it offers an incredibly unique and insightful perspective on the entrepreneurial mind.
It also teaches entrepreneurs an incredibly important lesson about bringing their spouse in: your spouse is a stakeholder in your business, just like an investor would be, just like a key business partner would be – and their buy-in is essential. Beyond that, they can be your cheerleader, your unique competitive advantage encouraging you each step of the way.
“Build your business, do what you want to do, but don’t forget about the rest of your life,” Dorcas says. “Don’t forget about the other people in your life. Don’t forget about what you love to do, the things that feed your soul and spirit, that will enable you to survive these crazy ups and downs in the rollercoaster ride of being an entrepreneur.”
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