Those that don’t know me or what my daily routine looks like tell me I make life look easy. Those that do know me well tell me they don’t know how I do it. The truth is, life is hard. It is both harder and easier when you’re an entrepreneur.
As I make that statement, I struggle to figure out where my professional life and personal life begin and end. You see, I am a mom of a very active (not so little anymore) boy. When he’s at karate, I’m writing, reviewing, reading, and returning emails….if I’m not on a Skype meeting. I stop when he calls out, “Mom, look!” and make sure that he knows I’m watching and am proud of his accomplishments. I’m reading and answering emails/text messages up until soccer practice starts and it’s time to coach. I meet people and make appointments at the BMX track. Between all of this, we have school, homework, food to cook, a house to clean, volunteer in our community, and enjoy scheduled down/quality time. This only works because my son not only attends some appointments with me (thus teaching him many social expectations early on), but knows all of my clients, their offices, and what they do.
You see, there were two very distinct decisions I made when I decided I would become an entrepreneur.
1. The lifestyle of an entrepreneur is the lifestyle that is right for us. The flexible schedule, the income potential, and all of the crazy commitments and obligations that are both planned and pop up out of nowhere.
2. My son would always be first in my life. Always. Trust me, this hasn’t been easy.
In order to make these two decisions work, my boy has become immersed very early into everything it means to be an entrepreneur. He understands what profit is and how to calculate it, the amount of effort it takes at times to earn money, the value of saving, and what a budget is and what it means to live on one. He also understands that in order for us to continue to live our lifestyle and improve upon it, we have to make certain choices and stick to them.
The result of sticking through making these decisions in our lives have been amazing, even to me. You see, my son is seven. He started his first business at school at the age of five. And he now knows more about how to be financially successful in life than I did by the time I graduated high school. We live in a nice house with amazing neighbors, he attends a good school, and, most importantly to him, we get to go on vacations. Because, as we say in our house, you only get to play as hard as you work.