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Balancing Acts: Set the Bar Low, But Set it Somewhere

Meg Cadoux Hirshberg discusses how the family business can interfere with the marriage but that by setting some minimum expectations, it can still be a great marriage.
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Balancing Acts: Set the Bar Low, But Set it Somewhere

Meg Cadoux Hirshberg discusses how the family business can interfere with the marriage but that by setting some minimum expectations, it can still be a great marriage.

Balancing Acts: Set the Bar Low, But Set it Somewhere

Meg Cadoux Hirshberg discusses how the family business can interfere with the marriage but that by setting some minimum expectations, it can still be a great marriage.


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Meg Cadoux Hirshberg

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Video Transcript

00:11 Meg Hirshberg: I speak to a lot of entrepreneurs and different groups of entrepreneurs and I tailor my message depending on whom I'm speaking with and what the situation is, but one piece of advice I have for all groups of entrepreneurs is to set the bar low. Set it somewhere you can... But set it low if you need to, but set it somewhere. And what I mean by that is that bar being the connection that you have with your spouse. Don't give up just because you don't have a week off, that you can't take a week's vacation or even a weekend off or even a night off. If you can just go out to dinner, that is enough, just maybe once a week of taking that special time. It doesn't have to be much.

00:58 Hirshberg: Sometimes Gary and I will not be able to do that for a solid month. He's traveling, I'm busy and sometimes we're kind of reduced to that 15-minute walk down the street together and he leaves his Blackberry behind, that's very important, where the two people that are really focused on one another without interruptions even if it's just for 15 minutes away from everything. That's enough. We have found that's actually enough.

01:24 Hirshberg: So, in other words don't give up if you can't take that weekend away or take that week off. Really go for those really small points of connection. Not only because they do connect you in small ways that are important, nevertheless even though they're small, but also I think the intention behind them is important, meaning I'm really busy, we're both really busy, but we're gonna make the effort to take that just few minutes together that is uninterrupted. I think that sends a really important message.



Last updated: May 12, 2011




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