The transition from founder to father (or father to founder) is typically one met with much anticipation. Neither roles are easy, and both are extremely humbling. Dads are doing much more work as caretakers of their children, and they’re discovering along the way that there’s some really helpful life lessons that can come from that.
One thing pretty much all dads and bosses alike can agree on: much of life becomes thinking on your feet and rolling with the punches. You’re really just learning as you go the whole time. And when you think about, what’s so wrong with constantly learning and growing?
Here are 8 ways fatherhood prepares you for entrepreneurship:
The Patience To Nurture
Having a child (or four) teaches you about growth and development in a way you never thought of before. You learn how to teach cognitive skills by having your child think of the right questions to work out the math problem rather than telling them the answer. While managing adults isn’t the space to teach learning, you can still lead your employees to creative solutions by asking the right idea-sparking questions.
Increased Ability To Focus
Any father can attest that having kids helps you tune out unnecessary distractions and other noise. Suddenly you can accomplish the day’s tasks in a few hours despite chaos throughout the office. Not only can you tune out distractions, you can tune in to what’s important, like your child’s cry on the playground or a problem with the website.
Parenthood is nothing if not endless saracfices to give your wonderful tiny human the wonderful gigantic life they deserve. When you learn what it feels like to put someone else’s needs before your own, it can transfer over to the workplace. Maybe you buy a company lunch, give a team member recognition for a job well done, stay late to help an intern’s mistake before anyone else notices. You become more empathetic to things that aren’t happening to you.
When you only have 24 hours in a day to do 30 hours of work, you learn how to make every second count. Binge watching mediocre shows to fill downtime is a leisure of the past. You become more productive at work from practice, but also from knowing that you can’t stay at work until 10pm, you need to be done by 6 and pick the kids up from soccer at 7.
Move On From Mistakes
Depending on the size and effects of the mistake, it can be hard to let it go. But the most important lesson is to always learn from your mistakes. What matters is being great not perfect. You will mess up as a father and you will mess up at work and both aspects teach you that life goes on. Fatherhood prepares you for entrepreneurship as much as entrepreneurship prepares you for fatherhood.
Wonder And Curiosity Are Revived
Remember when the world was endless possibility and opportunity before the pessimistic life lessons became your adulthood? Kids remind you of that blissful inquisitiveness. With never ending questions about the world, other people, their own bodies, and everything else that crosses their minds, it’s no surprise so many business solutions and even ideas come from these developing brains.
Ask For Help
Raising a child takes a village and so does starting a business. You may want to do it all yourself to ensure it’s done right, but for the sake of your sanity, trust someone else to get it done and give yourself a break. Making time for self care can be hard when you’re really invested in a dream becoming perfection. Whether it’s a mother-in-law or a director of operations, it’s okay to bring in more help to get things done, increase efficiency, and give yourself a much needed rest.
Understanding Of Emotions
Even at your most deprived state of being when you haven’t slept or talked about adult topics in weeks, you have more empathy. Children teach you unabashed emotions at their simplest levels before adults learned coping mechanisms. Having a child teaches you to be aware of what actions really say about feelings, which helps you better understand and relate to your employees.
There are many other ways fatherhood prepares you for entrepreneurship. Feel you have a life lesson to share? Tell us in the comments below!
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