Issue 92 - 03 | Twelve Gentle Rules: How a Couple Can Live Together Peacefully When One of Them Is an Entrepreneur

By Meg Cadoux Hirshberg
Published March 21, 2012 11:00 a.m.
“Clearly, when it comes to business-building, some degree of obsession is required—or soon the business won’t be around to obsess about. The problem arises when entrepreneurs try to simultaneously enjoy a thriving family life while they are growing a successful company. Business-building introduces the obvious pressures that arise when free time is scarce, but the financial risk and uncertainty also become sources of tension. Combined with the classic entrepreneurial personality—the tendency to need to be the boss, to make the decisions, and to go it solo—the entrepreneurial life can be difficult for spouses to endure. At the very least, this cocktail can introduce resentment and friction into the relationship.”

About Meg Cadoux Hirshberg | Meg Cadoux Hirshberg is married to the founder of Stonyfield Yogurt and writes the “Balancing Acts” column in Inc. magazine. She is the author of For Better or for Work: A Survival Guide for Entrepreneurs and Their Families(Greenleaf Book Group; March 5, 2011).
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