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Y’all, I have a problem. I guess I’ve known it all along, but I didn’t really recognize it as a problem until recently.
I’m a follower.
Now I’m not talking about jumping-off-the-bridge type stuff, but little things like wanting one jacket but buying the one Ryan liked on me, or suggesting a restaurant for dinner but agreeing to the place where someone else wants to go. If someone has a stronger opinion on something, then I often default to what they think or want to do.
Or I think that someone knows so much more than I do. Well, she’s a doctor, or an engineer, or a [insert name of profession here]. Who am I to question her? I even thought this way with Ryan and his business. He helped start a company right after college; I did not. When I was concerned about the way things were going with his latest operation, I didn’t think I knew enough about business to question what he was doing.
I almost changed the name of the podcast because someone suggested that I should (don’t worry, it wasn’t Ryan). Well, this person didn’t really suggest it; he was pretty adamant that I change it. He said that people will think it’s a show about women launching their own businesses.
I mean, yes, he has a point, but I went with it anyway. It might be a good name; it might be a bad name. But you know what? It’s MY name. And I think it’ll make sense to women married to entrepreneurs. Actually, when I reached out to someone to schedule an interview, she responded that she loved the name of the podcast. YES!!
The person who told me to change the name is not my target audience. He’s a single guy with no kids. This podcast is for women married to (or in relationships) with entrepreneurs who may or may not have kids.
I shared a quote today on Instagram about why I chose the name: “In many ways, it’s like I’m married to my husband’s business. Hence the name Mrs. Startup.” There is very little separation between work life and personal life, something that many entrepreneurs’ wives understand all too well.
Here’s my lesson: it’s ultimately my decision, and I need to go with what I think is right. My mom’s always said (although in reference to parenting) that you’ll make a lot of bad choices but make sure they’re your own decisions. A bad decision is only made worse when you didn’t really want to do it but someone said you should.
I think this is part of the whole Mrs. Startup journey for me. I’m finally learning to stand up for myself and take responsibility for my actions and choices. Maybe the name ends up being a total flop, but I will own it if it happens.
I’m curious… What do you think of the name?