A few months ago, my sister came up with an amazing idea for a business and I was immediately on board. I jumped in right away and for the past 5 months I've been working to get it up and running. I still think it's a great idea and I want to continue with it, however, I'm concerned because my sister and I are very different and have different goals career-wise. I'm afraid to attach myself to her too much and abandon my career path and what I want to do, even though I'm really passionate about this business. My sister is a nurse and she does not like it at all. She sees herself completely leaving the nursing field and doing this business 100%. I however, like my career and I want to do both. I'm 24 and my sister is 31. We are at different stages in our lives. I still want to have my own professional identity. What should I do?

Can you do both? That seems like the key question for you.

Based on my own experience, I would say: Yes. You can do both. You can set SMART goals for your business and your career and have both. Entrepreneurship has transformed my career and gives me the vision that my corp colleagues don't have.

The next question would be: are you biz goals in alignment with your sister's? An authentic communication will take you to mutual understanding and you might reach an agreement that suits you both.

Good luck and call if you want to talk more.

Answered 6 years ago

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