Married Entrepreneurs – Here’s Your Secret Weapon In Business
When I was younger, I remember dreaming of having a business one day. It’s what I always wanted and I worked hard for it. I wanted a business for more time and freedom. In fact, as a married entrepreneur, having a business meant having a quality life with my wife and my kids.
Years later, the dream came true and I had the opportunity to open my own office, have employees and help a lot of people through the business. It was truly a blessing because I even had my wife working with me as a receptionist.
But then something crazy happened.
Before I tell you the story, let me first admit that it happened when I was young, immature and careless.
Now, on to the story.
On one occasion, I was driving (racing actually) in my BMW M3 (a very fast car for a guy in his early 20’s) on the highway and I got pulled over. After about 20 minutes of waiting on the shoulder of the highway, the officer approached my car and handed me 7 tickets; one for speeding, reckless driving, tailgating, no turn signals and others that I don’t care to remember…
Yeah, it was pretty bad.
I knew that I would have to show up to court and deal with the consequences and pay some hefty fines. I didn’t realize that I’d “get caught”. And while I had to now pay the price for my poor decision that day, I was truly thankful to God that my carelessness didn’t hurt anyone.
You see, when I showed up at court, they found me guilty and the result was 30 days in prison.
Listen, I did a lot of things wrong in my teens, maybe some illegal stuff, and yet never stepped foot in prison. But here I was, a family man, father, a Christian, a business owner and committed to serving people in the community and this happens now. Needless to say, 30 days away is not very fun or easy.
Well, to bring you back to the purpose of this post, this was a pretty dark time in our lives, however, there was a light in the midst of darkness. My time “away” actually served to teach me a great lesson that I will never unlearn. In fact, it transformed the way I saw certain things.
When You Realize You Have More Than You Thought
While I was gone for 30 days in prison, my wife (the “receptionist”) took over the business. She excelled at her previous role. However, it literally took me going away for her to truly shine in the business.
Because she had office experience prior to starting our business, I gave her the receptionist position by default. I never fully realized everything she brought to the table in the business, which means that I had also missed the mark in our personal lives too.
When I was completely out of the way, I realized that she was capable and gifted to do and give so much more to the business. I limited her by keeping her in the receptionist position when right under my nose I had a superstar.
Think about your situation. If you’re married, have you truly valued the partner that God gave you or have you undervalued them? Have you truly taken account all the gifts, talents, abilities they bring to the table? Do you take their experience and opinions in mind when you’re making business decisions?
What’s Stopping You From Fully Valuing Your Spouse?
When I got back from my 30 days getaway, things at home and business changed because I finally understood the role my wife played in my life. I had settled for something far less than what was always available to me simply by not recognizing the real value of the person who is my partner for life in all areas, including business.
Genesis 2:18 (NLT) – Then the LORD God said, “It is not good for the man to be alone. I will make a helper who is just right for him.
How can you include your spouse (your secret weapon) more in your life and business decisions?
What would happen if you activated God’s full plan for your marriage and recognize you have access to a helper who is just right for you?