That's my baby!
I'll have to get used to saying that 2x over now that I have two kids. When you have kids it's amazing what you'll do for them. My 1st born son is almost 2 years old and it's amazing the kind of things they get themselves into. I usually let him do whatever he wants unless he's being disrespectful or he's about to put himself in a position to get hurt.
That's my baby, I'll do whatever it takes to protect them.
If you've never been a parent, maybe you've been a business owner or are a business owner currently. I take the same approach.
That's my business, I'll do whatever it takes to keep it alive (unless of course, it's illegal or going to put me in a position where I'll get hurt).
Notice how some parents are in love with their baby when they are just born and when they are "terrible 2's" they start wishing they never had kids??? It's amazing how as a business consultant I see business owners who have that "fire inside them" and passion to create a business. Only for that enthusiasm to wane over time because they choose to work harder, not smarter and eventually get burnt out.
Don't be "that parent" business owners. It takes patience to make a business work and most of the time most struggling business owners just need to remember why they got into business in the first place in order to stoke the fire.
If you are going to have a baby, just know that for at least 18 years they are dependent on you and if you are going to start a business, heck, if it takes 18 years to succeed just know that it'll all be worth it looking back.
Ruben B. Austria is an #IronmanTriathlete, #BusinessConsultant and #QualityofLifePlanner His purpose is to empower others into action by sharing his goals, journey and insights. Connect with him on LinkedIN or Twitter @rubenbaustria