When You Don’t Believe In Your Partner’s Business Idea

March 22, 2019  |  
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I once dated a man who was in the throws of trying to get his business idea off the ground. He was living in a boat—not like a nice, big yacht but a little tiny boat—because he could only afford a boat slip and not real rent while he put everything (read: money) he had into this idea. I found his enthusiasm and go-getter spirit very attractive, but, in my gut, I worried that he should be dedicating those assets to something else. It was, to say the least, awkward. When someone wants to launch their own business, whether that’s an app, a restaurant, a store, or a jewelry line, the work consumes them. It’s all they think about. It’s all they dream about. Those factors are already hard on a relationship when the business idea is a good one. Now imagine how tough it is when your partner’s business idea is taking over your relationship and you don’t even think it’s a good one.

supporting your partner's dreams

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Large investments worry you

You have to sit quietly while this man puts some of his life savings (or, worse, takes out a loan) to invest in this business. If you aren’t married and your finances aren’t joined in any way, you can’t stop him. But my goodness do you want to stop him.

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