What are the obstacles of dating as an entrepreneur? Well we like to talk about business and money a bit too much (boring on dates), we don’t work regular hours (24/7), and we are owned by our phones and email. The best answer to starting with a woman in this scenario is to either find one who is as busy as you are; find someone who has the patience of a monk; or find someone who lives out of town.
You’re probably thinking “out of town! Are you crazy? That seems like it would be worse!” Well based on my life, I can say that it is very doable and while my girl is a super woman in both tolerance and patience, I don’t see why the things that she and I did to make it work should not help you baby moguls out in your quest for love and understanding.
Here are 5 tips to making long-distance love work as a hustler:
1. Commit Quickly
As a business you have very little time to be playing love games with several women… you just don’t – not unless your business IS women. The phone is already busy from your clients, so why would you want to mix in the confusion of several random girls calling to “see what you are doing”? I won’t lie it may sound like heaven to you, but in reality it can be hell.
This is why it is better for an entrepreneur to have one focus; date until you have found a great candidate then make her your woman and begin working on your relationship. The cost of running out several women will only eat into your bottom-line anyway and as a hustler your goal in anything is to win. Even with your relationships.
2. Fit Your Significant Other Into Your Life
When I would visit my girlfriend I would set up shop on her living room table to answer my business emails, crank out last minute projects and to do whatever was needed to keep my money flowing. She would do her chores during these periods, run to the Farmer’s Market, and help out her youngling with her homework.
The key to all of this was for us to find a way to be with one another during those times without my business being in the way.
3. Schedule your phone calls and visits
Being that I was the self-employed one in the relationship I took it upon myself to do most of the traveling. So twice a month I knew that my weekends would be out of town. Once it is scheduled it doesn’t become a huge hassle like spontaneity can be.
Traveling to and from my girl was done via train so that it allowed me good alone time (outside of the screaming kids running the aisles) to write articles for this beloved website and others.
4. Take time for elaborate vacations
Is traveling not a spice in life? Sure, on your schedule it is hell to get away from the grind but having a lady in your life gives you the opportunity to learn how to relax. Take time off from your business for 3 – 5 days every few months and take a cruise, a trip, or some sort of excursion with your lady. This gives you together time out of your elements and allows you to truly enjoy one another uninterrupted.
5. Keep nosy friends and family at bay
A lot of people act like losers without knowing it. They are way too nosy about your personal life; they think they have it all figured out; and they do not understand entrepreneurship or long distance relationships – but will want to tell you how to do both.
These are the people who will tell your girl “I don’t see how you do that, you like never see him!” and will continuously ask “so are one of you going to move?” Keep them out of your love- life; they add absolutely nothing to your thing. Trust me on this one, keep it between you and your girl and ask her to do the same… and for the love of everything sane keep it off Facebook!
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So let’s close this out with a summary of what’s been said about love. Entrepreneurs should appreciate long distance relationships, but should make extra effort to schedule visitation, phone calls and trips with their significant other in order for it to work. Nosy people are the devil and will try to make you second-guess your decisions. Got it!? Good, now go get em tiger.See some words or phrases that you don't understand? Check out The Dragon's Lexicon.