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Twelve Gentle Rules: How a Couple Can Live Together Peacefully When One of Them Is an Entrepreneur

Meg Cadoux Hirshberg

March 21, 2012

"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."

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