One of the most frustrating things as an entrepreneur is having a moment of weakness with a friend who doesn’t own a business. They try their best to be supportive, but they just don’t get it. Their solution to your problem is to send you a text with job notifications from their place of employment. When this happens to me, I want to scream, “I Don’t Want a F*cking Job, I Have One!” It is my business! But, the nice sweet southern church lady in me won’t allow me to respond that way, so I smile at the text and politely respond, I will check it out. I know full well I have no intentions of applying for any job. My true thoughts are, “It ain’t no way in hell I will ever go back to driving a long-ass commute, sit in somebody’s cubicle for $30,000 a year again. I am not about that life.”
As an entrepreneur, it is really easy for us to fall into a deep depression especially if you don’t have the right mindset. You are constantly judging ourselves. Quickly you realize everything isn't easy, and things don’t happen as rapidly as others claim. It's an emotional roller coaster.
Now, instead of becoming depressed over my friends' unintentional judgment, I’ve learned to laugh and write about it. I know I am not the only entrepreneur who has friends who don’t understand the demands of entrepreneurship. I don’t want to throw away my friends, and neither do you. Instead of getting mad, use this as a great opportunity to educate your support system. If you have ever experienced something similar to what I’ve mentioned above, please feel free to share this blog with them. This is a non confrontational way to teach them how to best support you.
3 ways to Support the Entrepreneur in Your Life: Tips for the non-entrepreneurs.
Stop confusing venting for a cry for help- When we complain about something in our business, it is not a cry for help. We are simply releasing built-up frustration. We are coming to you to just talk. Please lend us your listening ear and not your opinions.
We don’t need your judgment- Even though you haven’t come right out to say it, we feel your judgment. We notice every eye-roll, polite smile, and the text you send saying someone is hiring. This really is an insult to our intelligence and kind of offensive.
Accept the fact we are trailblazers & rebels-We will never go with the status quo. Our minds are not wired that way. We see the world differently, and that is ok. We respect your decision to work a 9-5, so respect our decision to seek out freedom, flexibility, and adventure.
These are just a few of my suggestions, non-entrepreneurs can support the cause. What are some ways your family can best support you? Let’s have a discussion. Join the group She’s The Boss where we give tips and discuss hot button issues with entrepreneurship