Kids Are No Longer An Excuse
How to integrate your kids into your entrepreneur life.
Are you an entrepreneur with kids? If you’re like thousands of others out there, then you can agree that integrating business and kids can be challenging. Finding a common ground between work and family can seem downright impossible. Nevertheless, we know of another set of thousands of successful entrepreneurs who can accomplish what seems to be impossible. Ladies and gentlemen, it is possible and in this article you will learn three methods to successfully integrate kids into your entrepreneurial life.
Trust and Delegation
If you’re like me, delegation can be challenging. I mean, come on. My mentality has always been, “If you want something done right, you have to do it yourself.” Can you relate? But when do you draw the line from sacrificing a soccer game versus going to a networking mixer? The answer is simply learning the skill to trust others on your team and delegate tasks that need to be accomplished.
When you have enough trust and confidence to be able to delegate tasks, imagine what impact it will make on your children while you spend time with them at the park, theirs games, or helping them with their homework. You must have trust and the skill of delegation, my friend.
Work While Others Sleep
There’s a quote I once heard; “Great achievement always requires great sacrifice.” Sorry to say it, but sometimes you gotta sacrifice sleep. I know, sleep is great, isn’t it? But isn’t spending time with your kids just as fulfilling? With 99% of kids having a pretty consistent schedule, I would like to encourage you to sacrifice sleep by working while they sleep in order to spend time with them while they’re awake.
Family Award System
I understand that entrepreneurship and family life can be challenging. Life isn’t perfect and there will be days, weeks, and months that are crunch time and you just must make that meeting, that conference, or that deadline. However, in business and in life, we must remember, “It’s not about you; it’s about what’s in it for them.”
What is in it for your kids to be more understanding of the entrepreneur grind? I suggest you implement an award system. First, you must keep in mind that communication is paramount. For example, sit down with your kids and have a simple, “Mom and/or Dad are going to have a busy week so if we can all work hard together as a family and help each other get through this week, we can all do a family outing this weekend.” It can truly be that simple, my friend. Trust me.
What it truly all comes down to is priorities and even sacrifices from time to time. Just because we are successful and ambitious entrepreneurs who took the road less traveled doesn't mean that we have to sacrifice family. It doesn’t mean that you have to miss your kids’ biggest moments in life. No, you are an empowered entrepreneur who makes your own schedule and creates your own life by design. So I encourage you to test these methods above and give me feedback on what has worked and what you need more guidance and advice on.
“Auntie” Mary Hang
Mary Hang is a serial entrepreneur and philanthropist. Although she wears multiple hats as an entrepreneur, her biggest and most rewarding passion is impacting the youth through Young Entrepreneur Society.