Daniel Priestley is the founder of Dent Global with offices in England, America, Singapore and Australia. Dent works with more than 500 entrepreneurs per year and offers programs to accelerate business development. Daniel uses campaigns to raise up to $ 100,000 in charities every year and is associated with some of the best known and most successful entrepreneurs and leaders in the world.
I interviewed Daniel about successful entrepreneurs and their partners. The video is in English. Below you will find the Dutch translation.
Entrepreneurs love to develop their business and they love personal development. And often they outgrow their spouse or grow in a different direction from their spouse. If you look at the difference between a partner who is an entrepreneur and a partner who is not an entrepreneur, the entrepreneur can often grow, evolve, change and develop quickly. They face many challenges in their business.
I use an analogy, and the analogy is that if you saw a fox chasing a rabbit, you would say that fox is dynamic and focused and agile. But if you couldn’t see the rabbit he was chasing, you’d think the fox was crazy. Often the spouse cannot see the rabbit. They just see the entrepreneur running around doing all kinds of things, pursuing his or her dreams. And then they start to think that this person is starting to get a bit exhausted. They grow further and then they go in different directions.
So it is very important for all entrepreneurs to take their partner on a trip to ensure they take the time to explain what they can see. And to actually do the personal and professional development with themselves and their spouse as they do with their employees and their company. To create a vision, a mission and values within the family, just as they put the vision, mission and values in their company.
When you put the same kind of energy and effort into your relationship as into your company, both will be great. If you don’t, you will end up with a successful business, which becomes less successful because the relationship becomes less successful. It is really a very important point. The most successful entrepreneurs I know go on a trip with their partner and do not grow apart.
They take their relationship to another level by investing in and paying attention to the relationship. Often the same principles that create a successful business are the same principles that create a successful relationship.