Starting or running a successful business takes a certain type of person: strong, determined, unfazed by pressure, and, generally, unable to stop until the task at hand is completed.
That said, the true key to success for most businesses is the spouse at home who takes care of everything family and home-related and still is able to be charming when business dinners arise. Now, it does not matter who stays at home, man or woman (in my case it is my wife so I write from that perspective), I have simply come up with four things the business owner needs to do to keep his spouse happy and, thus, his business thriving.
It seems so damn simple. Just stand there and listen. Throw in a few "I understands," a couple "I agree, honeys," and one or two "you're rights" and you should be well on your way. The problem that generally arises is most of us are not good listeners because we have been giving orders or pushing forward our own agendas all day at work and, then, it is hard to come home and just... listen. It is a true gift and one from which you will receive a vast amount of mileage if you can do. Just... listen.
I can't tell you how many times my wife has said to me how much she just enjoyed sitting on our bed talking to each other; no TV, no ipads, no children interrupting, just casually laying around and talking about our respective days. Again, not that difficult. In fact, I am generally surprised when she says how much she enjoyed it because I thought to myself that, "It was no big deal." She didn't have a "honey do" list for me and she wasn't feigning interest when I was discussing the business deal I closed. Hey, maybe life is a two-way street? Either way, not that difficult and actually quite enjoyable to just talk with no interruptions.
Again, seemingly so easy. Sometimes the most difficult part is actually articulating these words to your better half and not making her laugh or think you want something in return. To tell your spouse how much they mean to you and how much you appreciate them and all they do is so easy. And the amount of love you receive back from such a statement is unbelievable. Again, a seemingly simple utterance of a few words, whose impact could move mountains. Of course, the sincerity in the delivery is essential lest she think you have ulterior motives. "I am thankful you are my wife because..." So easy.
All it takes is four easy steps to ensure you keep on being a success.
This post originally appeared on The Whole Magilla and was written by Chris Meyer, co-founder of MagillaLoans.com.