Now, imagine building an online business without the support of your family and friends. How successful would you be? Not very…
But until recently, I think I took this for granted. I never really understood what it meant to have a support system in place to help push my business and myself forward. But it all clicked for me last month when I went to the Financial Blogger Conference. Here was my wife, with our 10 week old baby at home, encouraging me to go since building an online business was incredibly important to me. That was huge.
And, in hindsight, it was just one of many experiences that has helped make me a better entrepreneur. And I don’t want to have any entrepreneurial regrets…
Let me share how my wife and baby have helped me become a better entrepreneur, and hopefully you can see some parallels to you own life and journey.
Feedback and Support
For me, feedback and support has been huge. The encouragement you get from someone who you want to share your life with is unlike any other you will receive in your life. It means more knowing that your closest companion has your back.
I honestly couldn’t imagine the opposite being true – if my wife didn’t have my back and encourage my success, I would fail – even with the same business circumstances.
But, being supportive also doesn’t mean just being a yes-man. I appreciate my wife because she can also tell it to my like it is. In fact, some of my most popular articles were her ideas, and my worst performing articles were also ones she said I shouldn’t do… Funny how I should probably listen to her more often (once again, hindsight is 20/20).
But that’s the great thing about support – it’s there when you need it, but it’s also there when you don’t need it.
Let me tell you something – having a baby has boosted my productivity to crazy levels! Actually, it has done two things that combined, have made me more productive:
- I really have to decide what projects to work on since my time is limited
- When I have time, I take it to the full advantage
Right now, my son is at that stage where he only sleeps for about 5 hours at a stretch at night, but he’s so awake during the day! I’m lucky if he’ll take a 45 minute nap – but at that point, I’m exhausted because he’s been going all day. Instead, I’ve taken to staying up late and getting up early.
My usual routine now involves me putting the boy to bed around 9pm, hanging out with the wife for a bit, and then working on my projects from about 10pm to midnight. Then, getting up at 5am is a pretty common occurrence to get in about 30 minutes to an hour of work before the nine to five begins.
But, if you read my last month’s income report, you’ll know it was my best month this year!
Finally, my wife and son give me true purpose in life. I set my goal of working for myself by the time I’m 30 at the beginning of the year with the abstract notion of spending time with my family. However, now that my son is here, it’s not just an abstract. There is nothing more I love than hanging out with my little dude.
Based on our schedules, I basically get all day Wednesday and Thursday alone with my son, and I love it! This time shows me that I would seriously enjoy being a work-from-home dad. And my wife would actually still want to work – she can’t stay at home, it drives her nuts.
So, now my goals align with my true purpose and it makes my mission even more personal and purposeful.
Now you really understand how my family drives me everyday. What drives you everyday?