There is something to say for having a strong partner by your side as you work your way through life. Whether you are going through good times or bad times, challenging times or easy times, making major life changes or going with the flow, your partner is your go-to person who is consistently routing for you in your corner.
This past weekend, my husband Jay and I celebrated our 18-year anniversary, hard to believe I know. For those of you who don’t know, Jay and I are actually high school sweethearts (a rarity these days). So to say we have grown together is a bit of an understatement. We started adulthood together and started building our dreams from an early age. Jay has always been a supportive husband, a doting father and a honest businessman and because he is all of these things, I am more successful in all my roles of life as well.
Throughout the years, I have read countless studies and interviews with successful businessmen and women. When they are asked how they were able to work their way to the top, how they were able to build a business from the ground up or how they were able to leave corporate America and become an entrepreneur, almost all of them admitted it was because they had the support and love of a partner. Many studies have shown that the most successful people aren’t necessarily single, in fact, many of them have a strong marriage and have a partner who is just as motivated and driven.
I know for myself personally I would not be where I am today if it wasn’t for Jay’s constant love, push, encouragement and belief in me. We own many businesses together because we believe that together we can help one another grow and we know that we make a strong team. That also speaks to parenting our wonderful daughter. We both work hard to ensure we are raising a good kid and keeping one another responsible in helping us develop as a family.
It is imperative to find that someone who brings out the best in you. Someone who is not afraid to question you or stand up to you. Someone who pushes your buttons and challenges you but in the right way. I feel very fortunate to have found that person in Jay and cannot wait for the many years to come together.