My husband recently started a small business with two of his research partners. They’re doing really great things (check out http://www.recovrllc.com !)
Recently we both read the article “The Psychological Price of Enterpreneurship”. We though it was spot-on. Our favorite quote from the article is:
” [a startup] is like a man riding a lion. People think, ‘This guy’s brave.’ And he’s thinking, ‘How the heck did I get on a lion, and how do I keep from getting eaten?”
That’s from the perspective of the enterpreneur. Following along with the same analogy, what do you think the enterpreneur’s wife is doing?
Well, from my perspective it seems that the enterpreneur’s wife is standing somewhere on the sidelines watching the whole spectacle and desperately clutching a first aid kit, waiting for the moment the husband gets thrown off the lion or gets bitten. She’s trying to shout encouragement over all the noise. And she’s well aware that the circus trainers trying to train this lion are not terribly concerned about her well being, and is sometimes afraid that the lion might come and try to eat her, too.
And if the wife is pursuing a Ph.D., maybe she’s in the rink too, riding an camel or something less dangerous, less glorious, a bit more slow-moving, but no less absurd. And then they’re trying to coordinate the lion and the camel to move in the same direction, at the same speed, and not to hurt each other, but what’s the destination they’re trying to move towards anyhow?
All that to say: I’m still alive. Our marriage is still strong. The Ph.D. and the projects are moving a little slower than I wanted. But I do intend to write more about the process. I’ve never been a consistent blogger but I’m going to try to be better.