Don’t fret. Dating an entrepreneur is a great experience, but there are a few things you should know. As entrepreneurs are quite different from a non-entrepreneurial partner.
1. They’re great at surprises.
It all comes back to spontaneity. Entrepreneurs naturally pay attention to what’s going to end up the “next big thing,” so their surprises go beyond flowers and chocolates -- and they have impeccable timing.
2. They read a lot about business and self-development.
Entrepreneurs rarely reach a point where they’re satisfied with their personal or professional progress. As a result, their shelves are full of innovators’ memoirs, and their online bookmarks are all links to self-development articles.
3. They sometimes have a hard time “turning off from business.”
There’s no “leaving your work at work” when you own a business. Instead, there are always things waiting to be done, and it’s hard not to fill bits of free time by checking off items on the to-do list. It may be a little tricky to convince your entrepreneur to spend their free time actually relaxing.
4. They analyze almost everything to see if it’s worth their time.
Because their to-do list is never empty, the last thing an entrepreneur wants to do is waste their time on something unenjoyable or unproductive. Every item on their agenda is carefully analyzed to ensure it’s worth their time -- but if they’re spending time with you, you know they truly love it.
5. They definitely don’t work a 9-to-5 schedule.
Business owners are required to fulfill a variety of roles: marketer, content creator, salesperson, leader, customer service rep. . . the list goes on and on. Their jam-packed work days rarely fit into the 9-to-5 schedules you find with other jobs, meaning your entrepreneur may stay up late with their laptop, wake at the crack of dawn to work on a business plan, or take a break in the middle of the day so the evening will be that much more productive.
6. They ask a lot of questions.
Entrepreneurs are never finished learning. Even when the topic has nothing to do with their business, they’re naturally curious, asking a million questions to gain as much knowledge as possible. By dating an entrepreneur, you’re dating both a treasure trove of information and someone who will challenge you to always keep learning.
7. They don’t particularly enjoy spending time with lazy people.
To preserve their own motivation, entrepreneurs like to surround themselves with equally inspired and capable individuals. They love to bounce ideas off of other business owners, innovators, and creatives, and they especially enjoy spending time with those who push them to work smarter. Lazy people do the very opposite.
8. They can be a “jack-of-all-trades” type.
Remember when I mentioned entrepreneurs’ constant desire to learn? The result is a partner who’s willing to take a jab at just about anything. One highly-motivated person can boast the capabilities of several people with different skillsets, so you get the whole package.
9. They live to achieve.
Entrepreneurs are constantly working toward some type of goal—often several at a time. Each accomplishment gives them the motivational high they need to reach the next one. Your support during every stride is priceless.
10. It’s difficult to explain what they do.
Sure, you could simply tell people your partner is an entrepreneur, but whomever you’re speaking with will probably want you to elaborate. As a result, you’ll have to follow up with the name of your partner’s business, what the business does, why your partner started it. . . and before you know it, you’ve been talking for ten minutes.
11. You'll watch movies like 'The Social Network' and shows like 'Silicon Valley.'
Entrepreneurs can’t get enough of their crazy lifestyle off-screen, so they seek it out on-screen, too. Whether they’re biographical movies like “Jobs” or dramas like “The Pursuit of Happyness,” the characters inspire them to work harder and aim higher.
12. We Have Not Eaten Today (At least, Not Well)
We have no time to think about things like, “Did I eat today?”
In all honesty, eating is the last thing on our mind. We are too busy eating the tasks on our to-do list. In fact, the most addicted of us, literally punish ourselves and won’t eat until we finish a certain task we are trying to accomplish. We say to ourselves;
“I don’t deserve to eat yet. I will eat when I have finally finished what I said I was going to do.”
13. No, We Don’t Want to Watch Your TV Show With You
Entrepreneurs hate TV. At least the way you watch it. A book is a TV for us. Additionally, the more you watch TV is the more you stay in poverty, and we are trying to get out of poverty!
We love you very much; but to watch your television program with you is the worse form of torture you can possibly give to us.
We want to spend time with you, but you watch three programs back-to-back-to-back-to-back and all we can think of is how much work we could be getting accomplished while you are distracted watching TV.