In honor of Valentine’s Day, I have something I’d like you to consider: Business is a lot like Marriage.
I’ve been in business for 13 years. I’ve been married for nearly 30. And, I’ve come to realize the two have a lot in common.
Both take a huge commitment, to yourself AND to the other party.
In the case of marriage, that commitment is to your spouse. In business, that commitment is to your business.
When you get married, the vows include a promise to honor that commitment, “For better or worse, for richer or poorer, in good times and in bad, in joy and in sorrow, in sickness and in health, as long as you both shall live.” If you take those vows seriously, that means it’s not always going to be rosey, but that you’re in it for the long haul.
Well, in my experience, it takes that same commitment to succeed in business.
Because it’s not always rosey. Sometimes things get difficult, money gets scarce, times are downright bad, and yes, sometimes you just don’t feel like doing it anymore. However, ask any successful business owner and they’ll tell you the reason they’ve succeeded is because they never gave up. They’re where they are today because they stuck it out.
JUST LIKE IN MARRIAGE.
Unfortunately, just as about half of all marriages end in divorce, the majority of businesses don’t last either. And while I do agree that sometimes there are good reasons to quit in both marriage and business, I also believe that a lot more of both would succeed if people would better prepare themselves before they jump in, and if they’d be willing to do whatever it takes to succeed.
Being married for nearly 30 years is one of the things I’m most grateful for in my life.
My husband is my best friend, my soul mate, and my rock. Is it always wine and roses? Absolutely not! But I wouldn’t trade it for the world.
I feel the same about my business.
There have been a lot of ups and downs in the past 13 years. Huge successes and big disappointments. But because I’ve stuck with it, I am blessed to be in control of my financial future, do work that is extremely fulfilling, and have the freedom and flexibility to live my life as I choose.
One final way business is like marriage: LOVE
Love sustains both. When you love something, you’re willing to do what it takes to make it work, and the rewards are immense.