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What It’s Like To Be Married To An Entrepreneur

What It’s Like To Be Married To An Entrepreneur

Whether one wants to admit it or not, our environment has a strong impact on our successes. This is why as an entrepreneur it is always ideal to have the ideal partner at your side. They will help you navigate the tides and meet your entrepreneurial goals.

So what about the partner who is married to an entrepreneur? What is the take in for them? How can they prove to be the ideal partner to an entrepreneur? Whether they are starting out or has been an entrepreneur for a while, there are challenges to having an entrepreneur as your partner. There are the long work hours, as well as the highs and lows of building and executing a business idea. Entrepreneurship can come with its demands.

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Here are some things that should be noted when being married to an entrepreneur.

You need patience

For the entrepreneur, there is nothing like overnight success. Sometimes they will have to work nights and the occasional weekend. This means you have to be patient with them as they pursue their dreams. Sometimes you have to make their dreams your own. Be certain to make the time you spend together count. It is about loving and living at the same time. While you may not be interested in their business, do well to be interested in who they are. Commitment and patience have a way of paying off after all.

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You have to be a listener

It is always a lonely ride for an entrepreneur. They are always away from the activities of the world. This could mean that they are either working alone at home or from an office. They have very few friends who could understand what it means to be mentally isolated and shut away from the many distractions of the world while they work on their next major idea. As a spouse to an entrepreneur you have to focus on listening. You don’t need to understand every business detail, you simply have to be supportive by helping them conquer their doubts and fears. Listening means willing to offer them the opportunity to talk certain things through with you and being open-minded.

You have to be their biggest supporters

To be an entrepreneur’s married partner you have to be willing to offer your unwavering support. What an entrepreneur needs most is your support and belief in every enterprise. Your support can be more valuable than any praise for innovations or acknowledgement for strong work ethic. You have to be willing to be their cheerleader and offer your support even when it seems that they are loosing in a particular venture. Your voice of positivity has to be the loudest thing they are listening to. Perhaps you have to pray or brainstorm with them, just to make sure they know you are there for them. It may not be easy to do this, but your consistency can be vital to their success.

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You have to respect them

In every relationship or partnership, respect is fundamental. Being married to an entrepreneur, respect is extra vital. The truth is that many entrepreneurs have a lot of self-belief and a high regard for themselves and their ideas. Rather than ego, it is more of a survival trait for them, so you should never look down on them or make them feel under-appreciated. Make sure to show that you trust, respect, and appreciate as they proceed with their ventures.

Respecting or valuing an entrepreneur is a two way street. Entrepreneurs always feel indebted to persons who value their hard work and entrepreneurial gusto. If you make them feel valued and understood you will definitely be rewarded.

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At the end of the day, you should understand the intent of why certain persons want to be entrepreneur. They want to be free. Many entrepreneurs are passionate, creative, and perhaps unique. It is best to understand the challenges that will come with being married to one.

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Last Updated on January 21, 2020

How to Motivate People Around You and Inspire Them

How to Motivate People Around You and Inspire Them

If I was a super hero I’d want my super power to be the ability to motivate everyone around me. Think of how many problems you could solve just by being able to motivate people towards their goals. You wouldn’t be frustrated by lazy co-workers. You wouldn’t be mad at your partner for wasting the weekend in front of the TV. Also, the more people around you are motivated toward their dreams, the more you can capitalize off their successes.

Being able to motivate people is key to your success at work, at home, and in the future because no one can achieve anything alone. We all need the help of others.

So, how to motivate people? Here are 7 ways to motivate others even you can do.

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1. Listen

Most people start out trying to motivate someone by giving them a lengthy speech, but this rarely works because motivation has to start inside others. The best way to motivate others is to start by listening to what they want to do. Find out what the person’s goals and dreams are. If it’s something you want to encourage, then continue through these steps.

2. Ask Open-Ended Questions

Open-ended questions are the best way to figure out what someone’s dreams are. If you can’t think of anything to ask, start with, “What have you always wanted to do?”

“Why do you want to do that?”

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“What makes you so excited about it?”

“How long has that been your dream?”

You need this information the help you with the following steps.

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3. Encourage

This is the most important step, because starting a dream is scary. People are so scared they will fail or look stupid, many never try to reach their goals, so this is where you come in. You must encourage them. Say things like, “I think you will be great at that.” Better yet, say, “I think your skills in X will help you succeed.” For example if you have a friend who wants to own a pet store, say, “You are so great with animals, I think you will be excellent at running a pet store.”

4. Ask About What the First Step Will Be

After you’ve encouraged them, find how they will start. If they don’t know, you can make suggestions, but it’s better to let the person figure out the first step themselves so they can be committed to the process.

5. Dream

This is the most fun step, because you can dream about success. Say things like, “Wouldn’t it be cool if your business took off, and you didn’t have to work at that job you hate?” By allowing others to dream, you solidify the motivation in place and connect their dreams to a future reality.

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6. Ask How You Can Help

Most of the time, others won’t need anything from you, but it’s always good to offer. Just letting the person know you’re there will help motivate them to start. And, who knows, maybe your skills can help.

7. Follow Up

Periodically, over the course of the next year, ask them how their goal is going. This way you can find out what progress has been made. You may need to do the seven steps again, or they may need motivation in another area of their life.

Final Thoughts

By following these seven steps, you’ll be able to encourage the people around you to achieve their dreams and goals. In return, you’ll be more passionate about getting to your goals, you’ll be surrounded by successful people, and others will want to help you reach your dreams …

Oh, and you’ll become a motivational super hero. Time to get a cape!

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