Dan never, ever advises someone to start a business without spousal support. It's hard enough juggling it all, and if you and your spouse are not on the same page, you'll be at a constant war between work and home.
Dan and Joanne have spent more than 40 years living, loving and working together. Breaking out of generational patterns of poverty and dysfunction, they decided from the day they met that life could be full, rich, and rewarding in many ways if the right principles were studied and applied. That chosen path was not always easy, but it always allowed for meaningful family relationships, exciting vacation and fun times, involvement in things that made a difference, and work that was fulfilling and profitable (most of the time!)
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In 2016, we celebrated my parent's 48th wedding anniversary
. Since my father's business is 48Days.com, clearly this was a big deal anniversary for them! My mother wrote a beautiful blog post on how to fall out of love with your spouse. As you'll read there, Dad gave her a pretty fabulous anniversary gift. He gave her a journal where he had written one thing he loved about her every single day for a year.
Now think about that - have you ever heard of a "reticular activator?" It's that thing where, when something becomes personal to you, you end up seeing signs about it everywhere. When Dad decided to write this journal, he told no one, yet he was very aware of his mission.
In my parent's marriage, it's not always been an easy road. They experienced toxic extended family relationships, addiction, mental and physical health issues within our home, and losing everything they had with three small children and a shadow of almost a half a million in debt.
Their marriage hasn't survived because they constantly work on everything "wrong" in the marriage or in the family. Yes, they challenge each other, they work to be the best they can for themselves and each other. They communicate and are intentional to always be growing in their relationships. What keeps them together, though, is not just them working on their marriage. It wasn't in nit-picking all that was wrong.
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