I’ve been incredibly lucky with the support I’ve received from my family since I started my first company at the age of 21. From my mom letting us camp out in her basement, to my aunt patiently showing me how to run the finances for the business when I didn’t even know what a “receivable” was, to my in-laws still cheering me on while I made almost no money for years while their daughter and I started a family, to my incredible wife who hung on tight through it all, even when in our second year of marriage we moved back in with my mom. I’ve been truly blessed to have the support of those around me.
Perhaps my biggest supporter, or at the very least she’d fight anyone who said otherwise, passed away today. My grandmother was 84 years old and routinely knew more about how my business was doing than anyone else in the family. Her boundless interest in what I was doing always gave me strength and I will miss her forever.
It’s really made me reflect on how important the support of the people who love you is when you’re an entrepreneur. I hope all of you who are starting businesses are lucky enough to have that kind of support. There will be hard times and harder times throughout the journey but if you have people supporting you, you’ll be just fine.
Side story ~
While at the hospital these last few days, my mother said that when she shared this article with my grandmother in which it explains how I funded the early years of my company with credit cards – to the tune of $75,000 – that my grandmother was very upset that my mom never told her that so she could have given me the money. Of course my mom explained that even in the article it says that I never told my mom (which is true), it didn’t stop my grandmother from giving her grief about it. I thought that was particularly funny.