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The Parallels Between Pregnancy and Starting a Business

"Being powerful is like being a lady. If you have to tell people you are, you aren't." ~ Margaret Thatcher

Comparing anything to pregnancy is dangerous territory and it should be, as carrying a baby for 40 weeks and delivering a child is a mentally and physically crushing endeavor. When I told my wife I was going to compare pregnancy and entreprenuership, she responded "are you out of your mind?" I agree with her that business texting software metaphors should be held at a far distance from pregnancy...I get it.

Perhaps I am out of my mind...but here goes:

My wife just gave birth. I was blown away by the hardships she faced during pregnancy. I also saw some similarities to what entrepreneurs go through.

Pregnancy is a process filled with developmental milestones. You need mental fortitude needed to get through the process. Right away, it’s time to get to work. Getting started is a time for research, planning and talking to experts.

You start to see the growth, but you know you have a long way to go. There are pains, aches and even some self doubt that you quickly brush aside.

Soon a pattern and routine forms. Things start falling into place but each day brings constant change. Your support system becomes more crucial.

As the days drag towards the big day, you can’t wait for it to be over. You can now see a lot of progress and the routines are no longer effortless. The anticipation of delivering to the world becomes an indescribable feeling of excitement mixed with fear. You wonder why anyone would put themselves through this.

When delivery day happens, it’s painful…it’s a bit messy…and it’s beautiful. You enjoy the moment, but the work has also just begun.

Pregnancy and starting a business are two completely different things, but they could not be more similar in ways. In the end, you are raising your creation to the best of your ability and if you give it your all, both are worth all the work!

ABOUT THE AUTHOR:

Eric Beans is CEO of Texting Base, Inc., out of Orlando, Florida. Texting Base is a marketing automation platform which allows businesses to personalize group text messages.

Prior to Texting Base, Eric was the first US employee of TechSpan which became Headstrong. Headstrong sold for $550M to GenPact.

With a group of partners in 2005, Eric started Premier Mortgage Capital, Inc., a nationwide state charted Mortgage Company that grew to over 2B/Year in originations.

Eric is the author of "Changing The World Through Texting Software.”

Eric is a speaker, inventor, investor, and longtime entrepreneur.

Texting Base does not offer legal advice-please consult an attorney before starting to text for business purposes.

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