Photo Courtesy of: valleywagprime on Flickr No one ever said dating was easy, but dating a young aspiring entrepreneur can be a challenge to say the very least.Not only do you need to be completely supportive, but being patient and understanding are key if the relationship is ever going to last for the long term.A well known young entrepreneur, , I thought it was quite interesting that Priscilla Chan felt it was necessary to put it into a written contract with Mark.
Matt Wilson: First of all, if Mark violates the contract, what is Priscilla going to do; take him to court?
Any relationship that needs a contractual obligation outside of marriage is ridiculous.
Someone needs to have a Silicon Valley reality check.
Mark—honor your word if you want to keep this girl around and pay her some attention.
Priscilla—it’s demeaning that you have to get your boyfriend to sign papers in order to convince him to hang out with you. Entrepreneurs have so many obligations in their life and it becomes increasingly difficult to manage them all as your business grows.
You have to spend time on your family, your friends, your fitness and your interests outside of business and it can be hard to explain how difficult this to a non-entrepreneur.What is really important is that the person you are dating understands what you are working towards.Personally, I want to create a business that has major impact on the world, creates wealth for myself and others, allows me to build the lifestyle I’ve always dreamed about and leave a legacy that people will remember me for. Entrepreneurs choose to live life like others won’t for a few years so we can live life like others can’t for the rest of our lives.MW: A couple months ago I was speaking at NYU and I told the students I needed to find a girlfriend who was like my business partner and let me do whatever I wanted.Jared gives me the autonomy to go after my personal initiatives (even when he thinks they are a bad idea) but is there to keep my grounded as well.If I’m going to be in a long term relationship or business partnership, the person is going to have to be laid back and willing to put up with my antics.