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Why Entrepreneurs Can Only Date Other Entrepreneurs

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Just like the Griswolds, my family was packed like sardines in our truck on our way to our annual summer trip to a nearby beach town when my husband received the call that delayed our departure.

You’re probably thinking the worst: a death in the family, a sick pet, a robbery. Nope, it was none of the above. Instead, it was a client calling for an emergency tree removal.

You see, my husband owns a tree service and lawn maintenance company. Oh, and a plant nursery, too. In other words: he’s a crazy entrepreneur.

With our seven-week-old in the car, we made a detour and stopped at the job site where we found ourselves face-to-face with a massive fallen mahogany tree lounging across a busy street. Of course, my husband couldn’t just leave his client hanging. So frantically made phone calls to ensemble a crew as we drove towards our vacation rental.

He was successful in gathering up the troops and getting the work done, but what he really wanted to do was, well, drop everything and be on the job site alongside his crew.

How do I know this? Well, besides observing the twitch in his leg, as an entrepreneur myself, I could feel the restrain it took to keep on driving. Any other wife would be furious about the detour. But I wasn’t…because I would probably do the same.

Earlier this year, EliteDaily.com published a pretty pompous article on why entrepreneurs could never have girlfriends. The author gives a laundry list of reasons: Work is their girlfriend; he need to catch quick flights; and my personal favorite, the idea that success brings more options — those options being women.

One thing the author was right about is that being an entrepreneur is a lifestyle, and it could be difficult to date this species. But that doesn’t mean it’s impossible.

People tend to date others with common interests. For most entrepreneurs, business is their interest. And for that reason they’re inclined to date each other. Dreaming up wild new ventures; implementing new marketing techniques; and emailing in bed is their idea of fun. The average person can’t deal with dating such a workaholic. But the truth is: an entrepreneur’s dreamy way is his romantic partner’s reality.

So sure, if you’re attracted to an entrepreneur for his or her financial status or their adventurous ways, I’m here to tell you that gets old. You either have to understand them or pack your bags.

More often than not what ends up happening is you become one of them if you weren’t one already. Like the old adage goes, “If you can’t beat ‘em, join ‘em.”

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