One really unsung hero in the 20 years of hard effort that gets you to where you are today is your partner.
I have to say that Claire, my wife and partner for over 25 years (note I don’t know the exact number and I will be in trouble) has been a superstar.
There are lots of people out there that will tell you that you are not successful, you will spend many hours doubting yourself and of course failing (lets skip over that for now).
But really there is no one out there that values my input and commitment like my partner and wife – Claire
She has spent the last 20 years listening to utter bullshit from me! It is so close to being successful, next year I won’t work so hard and spend more time at home. Just to illustrate this I thought I would let you all know (as in Claire – no one else reads this!) my last 14 days.
I have spent a huge amount of time in the US, came home, flew to London for “leisure” which would have been fine if it hadn’t been on the only weekend that I was home and then get up this morning, go to work and then fly to London again!
It’s difficult to describe what Claire has to put up with, but a mixture of not being there and turning up for short periods of time to unload washing and then go to work again, gives you an insight.
But anyone that meets Claire will totally understand that she doesn’t put up with sh*t – let me tell you I have heard lots of customer service staff quake in terror of having her on the other end of the phone.
If you can have someone in your life as dedicated to your personal and family success as Claire – you are a very lucky person…
Let me give you a simple example:
Me: “We are moving to California”
Me: “Next month” (I can’t add the exclamation mark otherwise it will looks set up!)
Claire: “What about my family, our 12 week old daughter Freyja and my life” (she didn’t say this but thought it!)
Claire: (real response): OK, where are we staying!
Me: In a nice district of Menlo Park (lets not mention we are staying in the best example of a Scottish Frat house!)
Claire: That sounds nice (not!)
But seriously, if you need to run a startup, you need to keep the faith, it’s incredibly hard, you may fail, you may not, but you will try. Trying with your partner and family on your side is much easier than without. So thanks to all the Claire’s out there – we need them – just as we need our own faith in what will happen in the future – sometimes we are right