I thought about ending it there. But maybe just a tad more. In a unique kind of way, parenthood has forced me into this lesson, because once my son was here, the alternative (giving up) was unacceptable.
Since pre-college I’ve been fascinated with small-businesses. I used to think entrepreneurs were the smartest people in the world. Over and over I’m finding out–at an uncanny rate–that they’re not. Sometimes not even by a long shot.
But what they all do have in common is a drive to not quit. Their success comes not from their uniqueness or their brains, but from their tenacity.
Being a parent at one month in and hearing that little cry after a desperate thirty-seven minutes of sleep has taught me this lesson well. Press on. No quitting. Now, almost two years later, the lessons I learn from being a parent are still pouring in, just in different forms. These days the pressing on is mostly during the daytime.
Being a parent is being an entrepreneur. Despite what every parenting books says, the most important thing you really need to do is not quit.
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