Entrepreneur! What’s the first word that comes to your mind when you hear this word? I feel ‘start-up’ is the adjective that you would be looking for. That’s quite right. I was on the similar lines. “Starting a company requires a marriage-like commitment – for better or worse, richer or poorer, sickness and health…” claims Marc Randolph, the CEO of Netflix, our only friend in the college dorms. Well! Yes, it is true that being an entrepreneur is not a one night job at all. It requires hard work, skill, patience and much more with intense concentration. Netflix wasn’t built in a day’s time and was considered to be the top entertainment company.
If you’re a driven, ambitious, work-around-the-clock entrepreneur, what’s the answer to you finding love and partnership that will last?
It is usually assumed that if you enter the profession of being an entrepreneur, you tend to lose your social life. Umm! That’s not very correct. You can say it decreases the social life but not completely kills the social life. The very important aspect that we try to deal here with is how do entrepreneurs manage to make time for love or, in other words, romantic relationship.
It is sometimes hard enough to maintain yourself, yet alone nurture a romantic relationship.However, it is not impossible. There are some ways through which entrepreneurs tend to take out time for their loved ones even when they are on a roll to change the world. That’s the thing about love, you see. No matter what, it gets you back to your loved ones and for that, February 14 is the very best day that is celebrated as Valentine’s Day. Be it the time differences or miles away, this day manages to unite the lovers. Focusing on the love life of entrepreneurs, the following are some points that most of them tend to keep in mind and use to take out time for love:
- Take it outside:
You and your lover have different professions? That’s fine. Love is supposed to be something personal and outside the business world. For instance, Lorna Jane Clarkson, an Australian fashion designer and her husband Bill Clarkson manage the two lives very well. Where Lorna is the creative mind and Bill an entrepreneur, they very well juggle with work and love. That doesn’t mean that they agree with each other at all times. There are contradictions between the two but also have the mature minds to handle it.
- Respect each other’s pace:
It is extremely imperative to understand and most importantly respect each other’s work. Be it as creative as fashion designing or as technical as constructing a microsoft, these two aspects need to be adhered to, no matter what, and of course, if you want your relationship to work. In other words, you need to give the other person the benefit of the doubt due to their work. Founder of Spanx, Sara Blakely and her husband, Jesse Itzler, owner of Marquis Jets claims that only because they respect each other’s fast pacing work, is why they manage their love. They understand each other. At times, one has to sit back home and let things happen. Both have to be really accommodating considering the two different professions require different commitments and methods to deal with it.
- Make expectations clear:
There are times when you have to be straightforward for something to work right. This is exactly the situation where you should be. When you find someone, you value and you think of a future with, but on the other hand, want no complications (because, c’mon, being an entrepreneur is anyway a complication to solve) and time consuming, and also don’t want to lose them either, this is where you have to clearly out forth your stance. This is where you explain them how your life works and what you want from the relationship. Maybe you want to get married but after being accomplished or not marry at all. List down your expectations. This talk, which is also called “The Talk” of the relationship should happen soon enough before any such complications arise.
- Seek Support:
Reed Hastings, the founder of Netflix, claimed that he cared more about the success of his business rather than his marriage and family.There will be times when your relationship won’t have the smoothest path. That doesn’t meanyou leave and run. The best thing to do is seek help and support from your loved one, himself/herself. In such situations, a counsellor who has specialized in this field is one of the best and safest options.
- Be Honest:
“Honest is the best policy”. Of course! This point had to have a clichéd starting because it’s quite true. Honesty is the root of any relationship. Certain doubts arise while you are in a relationship. However, it gets messy and complicated when you tend to lie and not be truthful. Well, it’s okay if you aren’t ready for such a commitment. Be honest and you and your lover shall be fine.
Other than the above- mentioned ways, if an entrepreneur is not very keen on being seriously committed to someone, there are rooms for that as well. Online dating is the real thing in this practical and fast going world. Having to e an entrepreneur, it is not easy to be committed to someone when you’re already committed to establishing something and working towards a defined goal. However, it is still important to feel loved. Being alone isn’t something that would be very suitable. Today’s world has got such chat rooms where you make your profile and tend to find a match according to your preferences. These are quite casual but serves the purpose. It is quite suitable when it is a day like valentines to be spent and definitely doesn’t want it alone. Bond with the match and know more about them. Love is in the air!
Keeping these few points in mind and alternatives in mind, choose your suitability and make your and your lover’s valentines a special one. It’s fine to loosen up for a day when you’re an entrepreneur, working towards the world to be a better place. Make your life a better and suitable place to be in and it shall all work out then!