June 23, 2020
Over the course of her 30+ year career as a marriage counselor, Kathy noticed that few resources exist for entrepreneur couples. In her own marriage to an entrepreneur, she often wished she had a playbook for the unique set of challenges they faced as business owners. The health of the business was a presence in their every conversation and lifestyle choice, and she observed the same in other entrepreneur couples. In fact, divorce rates are higher among entrepreneurs. This led Kathy to develop a specialized coaching program and resources designed to help these couples recognize and work around their differences, and to aid conversations about and outside the business.
You can find Kathy at kathyrushing.com or @entrepreneur_marriage_coach
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4:25 Why focus on entrepreneur couples
7:40 Best & worst moments in Kathy's marriage
11:00 Childhood tendencies you bring into a marriage
12:40 Risk-taker vs. risk-manager
13:00 Business crowds out other needs
15:00 Need to appreciate each person's roles in a marriage
15:50 Are divorce rates higher among entrepreneur couples?
21:00 Topics you typically fight over
21:45 "If I had a magic wand..."
23:00 Tools Kathy uses > DISC profile
31:00 Ability to label behavior w/o getting emotional about it
33:30 How to find Kathy
35:00 Rapid-fire questions
39:55 Why flipping someone off is a sign of affection in Kathy's family!