An Open Love Letter to Friends and Family of Entrepreneurs

Seeking love and support

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Dear Friends and Family,

I know it’s sometimes hard to understand why I do the things I do as an entrepreneur. The long hours, the frustration, the lack of money. You put up with a lot from me and I want to let you know that I love and appreciate you for it.

If I could be so forward, I would also like to let you know how you can best support me. After all, I’m not just doing this for me – I’m doing it for us, my family, my friends, and to make the world a better place.

I know I don’t always get paid on a regular basis, but building a business takes time and effort. It doesn’t always pay off in the first few years. Typically we will invest the time and effort at the beginning to get a payoff in later years. It might seem scary to some of you to not receive a salary every 2 weeks, but to me it is exhilarating. I might get zero today, but a month from now I might close a large contract that would equal several months pay or more. When this happens, you also get to share the wealth, and I am so honored to be able to do so.

The hours that I spend building my business are a labor of love. For some of you, I know you can’t wait until the clock hits the magic hour at your job so that you can leave, but for me, I love the work I do and time does not matter. My work doesn’t even seem like work to me and sometimes I need a gentle reminder that I need to still participate in other areas of my life, so thank you for taking on the tasks of planning the birthday parties, vacations and other events that I sometimes neglect to get to. My goal truly is to spend more time with those of you that I love and I am certain that these long hours in the beginning will allow more freedom down the road.

Sometimes building a business can be frustrating. If I complain or get angry, it’s not at you. Thank you for always helping me by giving me your advice. I also have business mentors that I rely on for advice. I might need to vent sometimes, but I don’t necessarily need certain types of advice. I know you are trying to be practical when you tell me to get a ‘real’ job, or that I shouldn’t work on weekends, but mostly these just make me feel worse about myself.

The best advice you can give me is that you believe in me. That you love and support me no matter what. And that you’ll be my biggest cheerleader. Being an entrepreneur isn’t always easy but I can’t imagine doing anything else. It’s all worth it in the end and I want you alongside me participating in the rewards.

Sometimes even I don’t know what drives me forward, but I do know that even when things get tough and I don’t always feel the support from you, I do feel the love. I am sincerely grateful for you, my loyal family and friends.

All my love,

Your Favorite Entrepreneur

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