Advertising
Advertising

10 Reasons Why Entrepreneurs Make Great Partners

10 Reasons Why Entrepreneurs Make Great Partners

You, like most everyone around you, have a small, distant dream of running your own business — perhaps a sports bar or a bookshop. However, you, like most everyone around you, will never do anything about it. Still, there is a small group of people who aren’t afraid of chasing their dreams, wherever they may lead.

These people are entrepreneurs, and even though you might not be one of them, here’s why you definitely want to hitch your wagon to one of their galloping horses.

1. They Are Confident

By the time you are an adult, you should understand that beauty isn’t everything — confidence is. A person who knows who she is and isn’t afraid of showing it is undeniably sexy.

Advertising

Entrepreneurs have to be inherently confident individuals, as they are constantly risking it all to make their businesses work. Every once in a while, an entrepreneur’s self-assurance might veer slightly into arrogance, but more often than not, easy confidence is what keeps entrepreneurs (and their partners) successful and happy.

2. They Know How to Handle Finances

Starting a business is expensive, and at the outset, every penny must be accounted for and allocated appropriately. This practice in the work place prepares entrepreneurs for handling their personal finances, which means you never have to worry about your entrepreneur partner going over budget at the store. Plus, when you get serious and combine bank accounts, you won’t ever have to worry about balancing your checkbook again.

3. They Know All the Best New Places

An entrepreneur has to have his fingers at the pulse of the community to understand exactly what his customers want and when. As a result, entrepreneurs tend to know about the cool stuff in town before everyone else, which means your date nights will always be spectacular.

Advertising

4. They Know How to Make You Feel Good

While entrepreneurs may provide the energy for their various ventures, they usually understand that it is their employees that keep their small businesses running strong. Startups need to keep good employees around, which usually means making them feel positive and motivated. Thus, an entrepreneur knows how to keep other people feeling good, which will keep your spirits up every day.

5. They Go Big

Taking risks is an essential part of being an entrepreneur, since in business the meek rarely survive. When audacity is such an integral part of your partner’s personality, you should start expecting some big, bold displays of affection.

6. They Understand the Value of Hard Work

Most people have dated that person who has a hard time getting out of bed in the morning. It is unendingly frustrating to coerce your partner into doing anything when he is a couch potato. Entrepreneurs don’t have time for such idleness, and they devote nearly every second of their days to doing something productive, whether it is improving their business or helping you clean the house.

Advertising

7. They Truly Appreciate Down Time

In fact, it is just that devotion to working hard that allows entrepreneurs to be fully grateful for any free time they find. Instead of wasting their off-hours on video games or the internet, entrepreneurs want to get the most out of their time away from work, which usually means a whirlwind romantic experience with you.

8. They Are Competitive and Cooperative

On the one hand, you don’t want a partner who fights you tooth and nail on every issue; on the other hand, you never want to date a pushover. In business, entrepreneurs learn that both competition and cooperation are vital to success, and often, they have a better sense of when each is appropriate in relationships as well.

9. They Solve Problems

All partners — even entrepreneurs — will fight sometimes, but not all partners are equipped with the skills to overcome any problem that comes between them. Entrepreneurs are faced with challenges every day, which means they have experience tackling all sorts of problems from various angles. Sometimes, you and your partner simply must approach the issue a different way to find happy resolution.

Advertising

10. They Never Give Up

The biggest reason entrepreneurs are different from the rest of us is that they boast an uncrushable spirit. Even when their problems seem insurmountable, entrepreneurs charge ahead without fear. An entrepreneur knows better than to give up on any good thing, including the person he or she loves. Even when times get rough, your partner will stay by your side, no matter what it takes.

Featured photo credit: VIKTOR HANACEK via picjumbo.com

More by this author

Who’s at the Wheel? Technology Causing Distracted Driving and Other Stories of Multi-Tasking Is Your Website Costing You Sales? Staying Afloat: Why Kids Should Learn to Swim If You’re a Burned Out Entrepreneur There’s a Solution Common Signs and Symptoms of Depression in Parents

Trending in Communication

1 19 Golden Pieces of Relationship Advice From the Experts 2 Signs Of Low Self-Esteem And The Root Causes You Might Not Know 3 How to Communicate Effectively in Any Relationship 4 How to Live in the Moment and Stop Worrying About the Past or Future 5 This Is What Happens When You Move Out Of the Comfort Zone

Read Next

Advertising
Advertising
Advertising

Last Updated on May 21, 2019

How to Communicate Effectively in Any Relationship

How to Communicate Effectively in Any Relationship

For all our social media bravado, we live in a society where communication is seen less as an art, and more as a perfunctory exercise. We spend so much time with people, yet we struggle with how to meaningfully communicate.

If you believe you have mastered effective communication, scan the list below and see whether you can see yourself in any of the examples:

Example 1

You are uncomfortable with a person’s actions or comments, and rather than telling the individual immediately, you sidestep the issue and attempt to move on as though the offending behavior or comment never happened.

You move on with the relationship and develop a pattern of not addressing challenging situations. Before long, the person with whom you are in relationship will say or do something that pushes you over the top and predictably, you explode or withdraw completely from the relationship.

In this example, hard-to-speak truths become never- expressed truths that turn into resentment and anger.

Example 2

You communicate from the head and without emotion. While what you communicate makes perfect sense to you, it comes across as cold because it lacks emotion.

People do not understand what motivates you to say what you say, and without sharing your feelings and emotions, others experience you as rude, cold or aggressive.

You will know this is a problem if people shy away from you, ignore your contributions in meetings or tell you your words hurt. You can also know you struggle in this area if you find yourself constantly apologizing for things you have said.

Example 3

You have an issue with one person, but you communicate your problem to an entirely different person.

Advertising

The person in whom you confide lacks the authority to resolve the matter troubling you, and while you have vented and expressed frustration, the underlying challenge is unresolved.

Example 4

You grew up in a family with destructive communication habits and those habits play out in your current relationships.

Because you have never stopped to ask why you communicate the way you do and whether your communication style still works, you may lack understanding of how your words impact others and how to implement positive change.

If you find yourself in any of the situations described above, this article is for you.

Communication can build or decimate worlds and it is important we get it right. Regardless of your professional aspirations or personal goals, you can improve your communication skills if you:

  • Understand your own communication style
  • Tailor your style depending on the needs of the audience
  • Communicate with precision and care
  • Be mindful of your delivery, timing and messenger

1. Understand Your Communication Style

To communicate effectively, you must understand the communication legacy passed down from our parents, grandparents or caregivers. Each of us grew up with spoken and unspoken rules about communication.

In some families, direct communication is practiced and honored. In other families, family members are encouraged to shy away from difficult conversations. Some families appreciate open and frank dialogue and others do not. Other families practice silence about substantive matters, that is, they seldom or rarely broach difficult conversations at all.

Before you can appreciate the nuance required in communication, it helps to know the familial patterns you grew up with.

2. Learn Others Communication Styles

Communicating effectively requires you to take a step back, assess the intended recipient of your communication and think through how the individual prefers to be communicated with. Once you know this, you can tailor your message in a way that increases the likelihood of being heard. This also prevents you from assuming the way you communicate with one group is appropriate or right for all groups or people.

Advertising

If you are unsure how to determine the styles of the groups or persons with whom you are interacting, you can always ask them:

“How do you prefer to receive information?”

This approach requires listening, both to what the individuals say as well as what is unspoken. Virgin Group CEO Richard Branson noted that the best communicators are also great listeners.

To communicate effectively from relationship to relationship and situation to situation, you must understand the communication needs of others.

3. Exercise Precision and Care

A recent engagement underscored for me the importance of exercising care when communicating.

On a recent trip to Ohio, I decided to meet up with an old friend to go for a walk. As we strolled through the soccer park, my friend gently announced that he had something to talk about, he was upset with me. His introduction to the problem allowed me to mentally shift gears and prepare for the conversation.

Shortly after introducing the shift in conversation, my friend asked me why I didn’t invite him to the launch party for my business. He lives in Ohio and I live in the D.C. area.

I explained that the event snuck up on me, and I only started planning the invite list three weeks before the event. Due to the last-minute nature of the gathering, I opted to invite people in the DMV area versus my friends from outside the area – I didn’t want to be disrespectful by asking them to travel on such short notice.

I also noted that I didn’t want to be disappointed if he and others declined to come to the event. So I played it safe in terms of inviting people who were local.

Advertising

In the moment, I felt the conversation went very well. I also checked in with my friend a few days after our walk, affirmed my appreciation for his willingness to communicate his upset and our ability to work through it.

The way this conversation unfolded exemplified effective communication. My friend approached me with grace and vulnerability. He approached me with a level of curiosity that didn’t put me on my heels — I was able to really listen to what he was saying, apologize for how my decision impacted him and vow that going forward, I would always ask rather than making decisions for him and others.

Our relationship is intact, and I now have information that will help me become a better friend to him and others.

4. Be Mindful of Delivery, Timing and Messenger

Communicating effectively also requires thinking through the delivery of the message one intends to communicate as well as the appropriate time for the discussion.

In an Entrepreneur.com column, VIP Contributor Deep Patel, noted that persons interested in communicating well need to master the art of timing. Patel noted,[1]

“Great comedians, like all great communicators, are able to feel out their audience to determine when to move on to a new topic or when to reiterate an idea.”

Communicating effectively also requires thoughtfulness about the messenger. A person prone to dramatic, angry outbursts should never be called upon to deliver constructive feedback, especially to people whom they do not know. The immediate aftermath of a mass shooting is not the ideal time to talk about the importance of the Second Amendment rights.

Like everyone else, I must work to ensure my communication is layered with precision and care.

It requires precision because words must be carefully tailored to the person with whom you are speaking.

Advertising

It requires intentionality because before one communicates, one should think about the audience and what the audience needs in order to hear your message the way you intended it to be communicated.

It requires active listening which is about hearing verbal and nonverbal messages.

Even though we may be right in what we say, how we say it could derail the impact of the message and the other parties’ ability to hear the message.

Communicating with care is also about saying things that the people in our life need to hear and doing so with love.

The Bottom Line

When I left the meeting with my dear friend, I wondered if I was replicating or modeling this level of openness and transparency in the rest of my relationships.

I was intrigued and appreciative. He’d clearly thought about what he wanted to say to me, picked the appropriate time to share his feedback and then delivered it with care. He hit the ball out of the park and I’m hopeful we all do the same.

More Articles About Effective Communication

Featured photo credit: Kenan Buhic via unsplash.com

Reference

Read Next