There are 24 hours in a day and we might need to use every single one of them. If life wasn’t busy enough for us, we’ve decided to add more responsibilities to it. Starting a new business can consume you. You are the ultimate decision maker. Success and failure are yours alone. If you’re not careful, it won’t leave time for anything else. Our situation isn’t unique. Many people have started a business with more responsibility than we have. Full time job, children, marriage all require lots of time to succeed. The trick is making time for all of them.
It was important from the get go that my wife and I agreed that if this was going to succeed we would have to put the business first. Most people would say that family should be first and they would be correct, kind of. Our underlying reason for starting the business is family security and happiness. All the hard work and time we spend on the business is by default for our family. So for us, our business success will be to benefit our family’s future.
Our main issues with this are changing our paradigms on security and time. We like that we have “9-5’s” that pay us on a regular schedule and we also like that we can schedule our lives around our “9-5’s”. This is not the mindset you need to start a business. When you start a business, the lines between personal life and business life are blurred if not erased. You have to become your business and to some level let it engulf your life. You are the business, and it depends on you.
Since we have 3 small children, we have to limit this time so we can be together as a family. And because we are currently employed, we have to make time for that too. What this means is that with the time left, we have to make it count. We have to use our time that is left over very wisely. We have to burn the candle on both ends.
This might be difficult in the beginning. Making sure you make time for everything and using your time wisely is tedious. Delayed gratification is boring. But giving up something now to get something better later is the way successful people operate. Good things are a result of hard work. I’m sure it’s going to be tough in the beginning. I’m positive we’ll want to give up at some point. Knowing that there’s a light at the end of the tunnel and keeping our eye on the prize it what’s going to keep us going. We’re not sure what’s going to happen but what we do know is that we’re not going down without a fight.