if you’ve got a friend or family member that’s an entrepreneur, you already know it’s far messier than what social media depicts. the courage and recklessness of it all. the grit. the ability to imagine solutions that create value. it’s no joke. and while entrepreneurs may appear to have it all together on the outside, they’re usually dealing with a lot of ongoing issues on the inside both personally and professionally. i mean, sure… you know that entrepreneurship requires a great deal of dedication and resourcefulness. but have you ever stopped and considered what drives them or what fuels them to behave the way that they do? that’s important to do because in order to be an impactful friend (generally speaking), you must first understand what your friend needs. nevertheless, here’s a list of (important) things you should consider as it relates to interacting with your entrepreneur friends and family members.
6). they’re doing a lot of things at once.
the official definition of entrepreneur is “a person who organizes and operates a business or businesses, taking on greater than normal financial risks in order to do so.” you know what that means? they’ve got a lot of ish to do and not enough time to do it. essentially, entrepreneurs fall into two categories. they’re either working for someone else before going home to work for themselves or they’re working all day for themselves (which is equally as difficult). nevertheless, they’re doing a lot of things at once, which brings me to my next point…
5). they saw that you reached out, and they appreciate it.
you may have already peeped that your text messages don’t always get the quickest responses from your entrepreneur friend(s). you may have also noticed that they don’t always call you back on time when you reach out, and that’s assuming they call you back at all. they’re not ghosting you. they still value your friendship. they’ve just become one-track minded at the moment. they’ve got a goal in mind and for the most part, they can’t stop until they reach it. and sometimes, that means not being able to take your call or catch up on the latest gossip. but don’t stop hitting them up though, just be a little patient with them. whether they respond or not, they notice you for reaching out and they appreciate you for understanding their current predicament more than you know.
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