Hi. Being an entrepreneurs is one of the most exhilarating experiences.
For me, it has always been about the joy of the journey, the pleasure of the relationships, the thrill of making things work and finally to see them come together to produce the returns I have hoped for. And profitability is only just one those returns I have imagined. For entrepreneurs , there are far greater returns than just profitability. You have the autonomy to shape and set in motion what you see.
And it starts with why you wanted to be an entrepreneur. Your question on work life balance and family is telling. Family to you is key. In other words, you must plan for a rich and intimate family life as a non
negotiable outcome in your life as an entrepreneur.
Many did not and suffered heavily on the family front. I have never heard anyone telling me it was all worth the sacrifice to earn the millions for the price of the family. Everyone in that state always wished they could wind the clock back a little.
Work life balance is not about spending equal time with the different parts in your life. Work life balance is about spending meaningful and impactful time with the things that matter in your life - family, work, friends.
Entrepreneurs work very hard. You can't have it any other way. And unfortunately, many do postpone their family happiness for ensuring financial successes in their businesses. You don't have to do it this way. It is possible to work really hard and yet protect the joy and intimacy of your relationships.
3 simple things you can start doing:-
1) Have a simple routine with your spouse/family. No matter how busy I am, my wife and I go out for coffee every Sunday. It is almost like our date. Does not sound very romantic. But to both us, it is probably one of those small things that kept the romance between us.
2) Plan on sharing something. I am busy and sometimes do not get to see my kids as much as I like. Texting them and sharing some brief moments of my life always works. Or when I see them, sharing with them some of my successes and struggles always make for great conversations.
3) Have fun together. No matter how busy you are, have fun together. This is not about expensive vacations or gifts. It is about spending quality time. My family members are foodies. So looking out for great food and enjoying it together always create memorable times for all of us.
Hope it helps :)