Throughout 2015, I’m giving away my favorite books that have helped shape me as an entrepreneur. One lucky duck snagged REWORK in January (which I highly recommend if you missed it!), so let’s hit up February!
February is known for housing Valentine’s Day (but I think it should be known for housing my birthday instead.) So, this month, I wanted to giveway a book that touches on a rough topic for entrepreneurs: personal relationships.
Being in a relationship with entrepreneur is tough cookies, whether you are the entrepreneur or the spouse. We tend to be workaholics, we tend to stress over things that seem nominal to others, and we may be slightly addicted to our businesses. That takes a huge toll on personal relationships, I know from experience.
Over the last seven years, I met and married my darling right-hand, Brian, and we’ve brought three beautiful rays of sunshine into the world (read: kidlets!) And with each step our personal lives have made, my career choices as an entrepreneur have influenced our lives far more than my husband’s traditional employment. And I would be lying to say we’ve held it all together perfectly through it all.
Thanks to books like Startup Life: Surviving & Thriving in a Relationship with an Entrepreneur, I can keep my entrepreneurial crazies in check and continue to nourish healthy relationships with my husband and children.
I absolutely must give the disclaimer that this book was a little unrealistic in the “I’m-bootstrapping-and-we’re-broke” ideals (some suggestions require having the cash to take vacations, etc.) It was also written by a child-free couple (nothing wrong with that!), so if you are looking to apply some of the advice, you may need to tweak it A LOT to work in your situation.
But what this book did do is help me see how my career was affecting my relationship with my spouse, and make better decisions to help instead of hinder our existence as a healthy and happy family unit.
Does it hold all the keys to the perfect answers in managing your relationships? No.
Do I still think you should read it? Of course.
If you don’t own a copy of Startup Life: Surviving & Thriving in a Relationship with an Entrepreneur yet, it’s time to get your hands on one and you can do that right here and right now. Through the end of February, you can pop on by on the daily and enter to win your own copy.