Have you ever noticed that fathers make really great entrepreneurs? Is it the drive to support their children and provide them with great lives? Is it the added stress of not letting the family down by choosing a riskier career path?
Typically men that are entrepreneurs are consumed with growing their business. You may not think they’d be the father-types, with a lack of time and super-focus on their careers. Ask any entrepreneurial father out there and you’ll learn that fatherhood actually improves their career path. So why do they make excellent entrepreneurs? Here is what fathers are saying about the skills they learned that translated into their companies.
Parenting is a Lesson in Patience
Entrepreneurs aren’t always the most patient people. They want results and success immediately. They hate to see their business moving at a turtle pace and want to see the end result of their hard work and dedication. Most start-up companies take many years to get name recognition and profits, which means that some patience is required to keep up the hard work and hopeful attitude.
Since parenting requires a great deal of patience, a father is going to learn that he can’t move too fast and expect quick results. Many business mistakes are made from rushing decisions, but when you become a parent, you learn to see things through while making slow, wise decisions. Usually the slower decisions pay off in the long term.
When you become a parent, your priorities change. You learn what’s really important and what’s not so important. In business, you’ll end up learning to prioritize your tasks and work on the most significant things first, while letting the little ones go. Sometimes through all of the chaos, your business needs you to listen to what it really needs.
It’s not all about you
Before a man becomes a father, life is all about him and maybe his closets loved ones. Whether you’re a concert-goer, a car enthusiast or someone that loves to be outdoors, a single man can extend focus to his favorite hobbies during his downtime. After you have your first child, your point of view shifts and you realize that this child’s needs matter more than anything you could ever need or want.
While you once could come home and talk about a bad day, you may now come home to children that want to play with their dad and you have to learn how to switch gears. Becoming a father means that your selfishness has to fade so that the happiness of your family can come before your needs and wants. You’ll also end up learning more empathy and compassion which are important skills for an entrepreneur. You can still enjoy those hobbies occasionally, but you won’t care as much when you see your children are happy and healthy and your business is happy and healthy.
If you’re an entrepreneur or thinking of becoming one, don’t feel that you can’t handle being a dad and a businessman. In fact, your new dad skills will translate perfectly into a successful career.