By Tom Cannon
Embarking on a start-up and juggling a family might be the closest thing to insanity that I have ever experienced. That said, I am not sure if any business owner really balances their family and work life. In my case, I feel like something is always being neglected. I am either not spending enough time with my family or I feel as though I should be doing something for work.
I have three children, and my wife Heather is an awesome mom with a full plate also. Heather works full time as an RN so she spends her days off doing fun activities with the kids and volunteering at their school. Sometimes we are like ships passing in the night and see each other just long enough to pass the kids off.
Don’t get me wrong, though, it is all absolutely worth it. The emotion and adrenaline of owning a business is somewhat intoxicating and exhilarating at the same time. The rush of great failure and great success at every turn just makes me feel alive. I cannot imagine working in any other atmosphere; it would just be boring to me. And the joys of family life are phenomenal. At the end of the day, it’s ultimately my family who inspires me to work so hard. After all, I want to have a long-lasting business that can be passed down from generation to generation.