Three years ago I started this blog and knew I’d one day write a book. Last week I published my first book and it’s intended to inspire Parentpreneurs. People keep asking me why I wrote it, so I thought I’d answer that question here.
Below is the introduction from the book.
Being a parent is one thing. Being an entrepreneur is another. And being a parent-entrepreneur, or Parentpreneur, is a tertium quid.
Tertium quid = A third thing that is indefinite and undefined, but is related to two definite or known things.
Everyone who is a parent knows how hard parenting can be—especially for new parents, like me. The hospital sends you home with your new baby and no instruction manual.
It’s a constant grind to be the best possible parent you can be—providing for your family, staying connected to your partner, making the right choices, and being a role model for your kids.
It’s no secret that being an entrepreneur is incredibly hard. According to Bloomberg, eighty percent of new businesses fail in the first eighteen months.
Let that sink in.
Combine the pressure of being a parent with the difficulties of being an entrepreneur and you have a potentially incendiary cocktail of dynamics at play.
You’ve probably heard of “notes from the road.” Well, this book is “notes from the grind.” The grind of being a parent while launching a new business and all the ups and downs that go along with doing so.
The majority of what is in this book was written at a moment in time when I was experiencing a certain triumph or trial with the business. There were times when inspiration would come overnight and I’d awake fired up to get those inspired words on paper.
That’s what’s in this book. Real talk. No BS.
I hope to inspire Parentpreneurs around the world. To let them know they are not alone. To let them know they are not crazy for undertaking such an incredibly challenging task (well, ya gotta be a little crazy to be an entrepreneur). And to encourage them to keep going and let them know, no matter how hard things get, they can be a successful Parentpreneur.
There you have it; that’s why I wrote the book.
Folks are diggin’ it so far
So far it seems like people are feeling it. I saw this review on Amazon, and it nearly made me cry:
And then there is this excerpt from the book that was posted on Entrepreneur.com.
You can find the book on Amazon in paperback and Kindle here.
Thanks for reading, and if you happen to get the book, I hope it inspires you, and please share this with any Parentpreneurs you know.