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They say you shouldn’t mix business with pleasure, but where does the balance lie with entrepreneurs? Deciding as an entrepreneur whether you should get married or not is a hugely personal decision that hinges on a number of goals, circumstances, and values, not to mention making sure your wedding speech is spot on! But if you are someone who is wondering if a marriage can fit into your entrepreneurial life, you may need to ask yourself some of the following questions:

Is It Something That is Expected of You?

Look at many high achievers in life and you will see that a wedding is something that is very much a massive status symbol, because it’s an all-singing, all-dancing event. There are so many fantastic venues out there like that can make for an amazing backdrop, but what we all have to remember is that marriage is something that we should never go into hastily. Lots of us believe that marriage is the way to provide some stability, but that stability is not going to happen if you are not ready for it.

Can You Give as Much as You Take?

Marriage is all based upon emotional support and companionship and these are particularly useful and valuable values for entrepreneurs that experience stresses and challenges when running a business, but it can be so easy for entrepreneurs to take more than they give and this is where a crucial understanding of work-life balance becomes invaluable. The website shows the ways entrepreneurs balance work and life effectively but we still need to remember that the whole point of marriage is to ensure that it nourishes us. Sometimes, having that pull of a partner at home can force us to rethink our entire attitudes to working which is a very good thing.

Is Conflict More Likely?

Because many people choose partners that are the polar opposites of them, there is that notion that they balance each other out. However, the entrepreneurial lifestyle is something that demands risk-taking, dedication, and ultimately long hours. It’s important to have those tough conversations before going down this path, especially if children are going to be involved at some point. Conflict is a part of any relationship and it can be easy for entrepreneurs to stay away from it or dedicate more time to their work in order to ride out this storm, but these things will always come back around eventually.

How Will It Impact Well-Being?

Entrepreneurs should give consideration to how marriage will impact both their and their partners’ well-being and mental health. There can be a lot for us to think about, whether it is our professional image that we present to the outside world or the financial implications of the decisions we make. Our well-being can feel impacted because of the life we lead, and while there may be no definitive answer as to whether entrepreneurs should get married in general, it is critical to remember that there are two people involved and we should always operate with consideration to both sides of the equation.

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Michael Levitt Chief Burnout Officer

Michael D. Levitt is the founder & Chief Burnout Officer of The Breakfast Leadership Network, a San Diego and Toronto-based burnout consulting firm. He is a Keynote speaker on The Great Resignation, Quiet Quitting and Burnout. He is the host of the Breakfast Leadership show, a Certified NLP and CBT Therapist, a Fortune 500 consultant, and author of his latest book BURNOUT PROOF.