For the past decade and a half, I have read countless articles on how it is impossible to build a successful company and be a good parent at the same time. I call bullshit! Yes, I know, I now owe money to the swear jar, but I’m happy to pay.
Here is the TL;DR for those of you with short attention spans – being a great parent AND running/building a company are complementary to each other. The “hustle” needed to run a successful startup multiples many fold when you have a little human depending on you to win. I had NO IDEA what focus, drive, and effectiveness were until I became a new parent. When you have a little child running at you with arms stretched out and big smile on his/her face AND you have payroll to meet and your colleagues’ livelihoods in your hands, you discover something in you that you never knew existed before.
Yes, being a good parent is a hard job and building a company with all the risks and challenges involved sometimes feels incredibly hard, but here is a strategy to not only make things easier but also do a better job at both:
Lastly, remember you are not alone in this. Ever since I became a father, I have started discovering male and female founders and execs of young and rapidly growing, yet solid, companies who are also parents. Most mirrored the points I discussed above.
As a closing thought, I wish I could describe the amount of energy and drive this new journey is giving me. Even when sleep is nonexistent and I’m dealing with the almost unavoidable list of operational, financial, technical, etc work to be done in a rapidly growing business, every day is phenomenal! I would not be able to do it without the support and understanding from my driven scientist wife AND partners at One Mighty Roar. This is the best time of my life!