THE EO BLOG
Trust, transparency and triumph—the gift of your family’s future.
Written for EO by Susan Michel, founder and CEO of Glen Eagle.
Whether we have aging parents, adult children or both, we all should consider having an honest conversation about the future. If there’s one lesson I have learned from working with families over the years, it’s that elderly parents often regret that they didn’t start a dialogue with their adult children sooner. With 76 million American baby boomers moving into the retirement stage of their lives, there is a huge opportunity and need for families to start having these conversations today.
While these conversations cause all of us to come face to face with our own mortality and the possibility that health-related issues may result in a diminished capacity, the alternative—not having the discussion—can result in tension, misunderstandings and, ultimately, your wishes not being followed.
By Jay Feitlinger, a member of the Entrepreneurs’ Organization Arizona.
When you’re trying to balance work and family, it’s natural to have the occasional bad day—or maybe days. Unfortunately, those difficult days can string together and impact your relationships and health.
Stress causes irritability and short tempers, often directed to the people you love. And that probably means that it really isn’t them, it’s you! Stress can also lead to headaches, fatigue, chest pain, muscle tension and other physical issues. In a few words, stress sucks. And, as any entrepreneur knows, there’s no shortage of stress. Figuring out how to deal with stress is very important to your health and your family.
By EO member Ben Welch-Bolen
Fear is a basic human instinct bred into our DNA to help us avoid danger. Without a healthy fear of falling, fire, spiders and clowns—ok, maybe not clowns―our lives might be significantly shorter. But fear isn’t our only basic drive; we’re also compelled to propagate our species. These two instincts collided for me on 20 April, 2016, when my wife delivered a clever knock-knock joke to inform me that I would soon be a dad.
After a few euphoric days, I began worrying about how I would balance being a great dad and a successful entrepreneur. Fear of the unknown hit me―hard. My thoughts swirled: What would happen when I became a parent? Could I balance the two most challenging roles of my life without jeopardizing my sanity? How would it all work out? Would our marriage survive the stress? What compromises would I need to make?
Now that I’ve survived the early days of parenthood―my son is eight months old―some of my initial worries have faded, some remain and still others have surfaced. In the spirit of experience sharing, here’s a look back on my four greatest pre-parenthood fears compared with the realities of fatherhood.
Categories: Lessons Learned
Can an entrepreneur nurture a business and a family? Both demand time, energy and commitment. At times, these two aspects of life can seem mutually exclusive. Still, many entrepreneurs achieve a balance and do both well. How do they do it?
We asked Don McDonough, regional executive at Merrill Edge, to share his thoughts on work-life balance.