Over the past few weeks I’ve been attending many events, both as an attendee and as a speaker. When I meet people at these events, the questions all seem to be the same: “What is your idea on how I should do this?” From starting a business, to creating ideas to solve home budget problems to solving relationship problems – I hear this question all the time.
So I decided to do a week on Entrepreneur Ideas. No matter what you are facing, we are all looking for an idea that is entrepreneurial in origin. We want to come up with some creative ways to get past, or get through the things we are facing.
So this week we will feature five different areas that need entrepreneurial ideas to get through. Today we will start off with entrepreneur ideas to keep our relationships strong. Maybe you are looking for something that will put the magic back into your relationship. Maybe you are looking for a way to make a big impression.
Sometimes when I speak, I talk about the idea of feeling special. Some have the need to feel special; others have the desire to make people feel special. In a relationship, we sometimes need ideas to help us make that person feel special.
When I asked Gwynne to marry me a few months ago, it took some creative planning to come up with a special idea to propose to her. So I used the skill I have as a creative entrepreneur to come up with a creative way to propose.
As a man, I feel I always need to find ways of being creative to make Gwynne’s life exciting. I read these ideas in a book years ago called, Wild at Heart. It talked about how a man has a creative side; they referred to it as a wild side where a man had that desire to hunt and fish, to go on wild exciting trips.
In order to build a great relationship I had to learn to be creative, to find things that make each day fun. After all, I’m an entrepreneur. My mind is always thinking about how to build my business, how to help clients build theirs. And then that old life coach training kicks in: we have to be an entrepreneur in all areas of life.
So keep your relationships alive by not falling into a comfort zone. Do something creative. Gwynne and I are creating a unique wedding this month that will be exciting. Bet you wish you could be here for that, huh? When I planned the event to propose to Gwynne, it had to be different; it could not just be walking up to her in a regular way and making a standard proposal. It had to be a memory that would not be forgotten, something you want to tell stories about at parties for years.
A regular routine as a couple could be going dancing. Some love to watch movies. Gwynne and I ride motorcycles. We have two Harleys, and we plan trips to take together so we can see different places, ride different roads. Gwynne likes to camp; I like more comfort. But to be creative I have to camp sometimes; I have to find the places to camp. It’s all in the ways we create things to keep times fun, because your relationships will have some bumps and you have to enjoy the ride. So keep building a dream, but enjoy the ride.