Being an entrepreneur’s wife isn’t easy. I know there are many of you who’ve been there, done it, got the tag. But for me, my journey in Europe – in my home away from home – provided me with the impetus to finally sit down and pen my debut book. Alternatively, I might have just imploded without ever making my dream of being an author come true.
Everything – from my marital status, to my country and continent of residence, the languages spoken and not spoken; and even my job profile was new to me. Had I not seen the futility of some of my misdirected anger, my impatience and explosive nature, things might have turned rather unpleasant. Had I not adhered to my strong belief that change is the only constant; and seen humour in my situation, I might have lost my marbles – completely. Had I not written this book and turned author – I would have regretted losing the opportunity to make my dream come true.
“The Entrepreneur’s wife – A Survival Guide” goes to prove that, if being an entrepreneur is difficult, being a start-up wife is a task not many can stick through – which is also perhaps why so many marriages fall apart or end up turning psychologists and marriage counsellors into multi-millionaires. Yes, at one point, I had very seriously thought of becoming a trained Life Coach, specialising in dealing with entrepreneurial families. I googled schools where such courses taught were of value and recognition within Europe. That done successfully, my idea was shot down only because it cost a heavy amount – the weight of which my purse strings would not have been able to tolerate at that point.
But back to the book. Why the tagline of “A Survival Guide”? Well, as I started to key in the chapters, I found myself forming little takeaways and comments. I italicised them for my own references and began following this pattern. Later through editing and re-reading stages, I decided to keep my own learning and call this novel a survival guide as that’s what it finally shaped into.
As you go through the pages, you will realise that this book will enable start-up couples to understand each other better. Of course, as you live together and go through situations, you lean along the way. But you learn in retrospect of it all – provided you make it together till the end. So this is an attempt to capture all the flavours of being an entrepreneur’s spouse and a small entrepreneur as well.
If you are a reader who is an entrepreneur or the spouse of one, all you need to remember through this journey is that nothing – nothing at all is run of the mill or ‘normal’ in the true sense of the word in a start-up family.
If you want to go into the business of entrepreneurship, here’s a word of advice. Read this ‘survival guide’. Read it over. Make an informed decision to stick with your chosen life of uncertainties tinged with significant downs before the ups.
And finally, if you’re already on the roller coaster – this book will make you connect to the unspoken world of entrepreneurship – what I call ‘Behind the Scenes’ of it all. You will connect, laugh, cry and laugh till you cry!
So take your time, check out the highs and lows of the start-up life, peppered with a touch of exaggeration and a dash of good humour. You will see it all: Despair. Guilt. Explosions. Roles within roles. The good times. Tests of patience and commitment. Peace. Practicality. And much more.
Enjoy the highs when they come in and roll with the blows.
Prepare yourself for the roller-coaster tale of love, life, and beyond.