Now, let’s be honest here.
One of the reasons why women don’t take action on investing in themselves is their partner. No, it’s not 1955 and we don’t have to ask our husband (or partner’s) permission for everything, but let’s face it – you need their support.
In my early days of business, when I wanted to invest in yet another course, I DREADED telling Mark. He’d be like “Don’t you know everything now?”
He didn’t get that self-education is a life long process. Plus, marketing online is a completely different thing than doing a University degree (both Mark and I have marketing qualifications). Things change all the time and they really underestimate how important community is for us women.
Selling is pretty black and white to guys (I’m generalising, I know) but we women often need to learn the subtleties. That’s what B-School teaches. Plus, the community is out of this world. That’s what made ALL the difference to me.
Mark is a total convert now to B-School and what it’s done for my business. I think the tipping point was last year when I paid for his luxury trip to Brazil for the World Cup. I had already been making over six figures for years but he finally “got it” when it directly benefited his dream life (go figure!)
In his own words:
So your partner or wife is considering joining Marie Forleo’s B-School?
Well mate, congratulations, her business and your life together is about to get pretty awesome.
If you’re like me, you want your partner to do something that she loves, that makes a difference and makes millions of dollars. If this is the case, then you probably also understand that reaching this nirvana will take a lot of work and will bring up a lot of “stuff” for you to work through as a couple.
After starting her business part-time a few years ago, Denise started talking about Marie and the B-School course that she wanted to join. The benefits seemed pretty clear; despite having a business degree, the world of online marketing was new to us and in Marie, Denise was going to get access to an expert and the chance to learn with other aspiring business women.
But I certainly remember feeling nervous, because when you’re starting out in business, spending two thousand dollars on education is a step up. Since B-School we have probably invested 100 times this amount on professional development, but you have to see it as exactly that, an investment in future of your partner’s business.
As men, we are practical, action orientated and have a tendency to be know it alls. Although you want to support your partner, it is normal for you to be a bit unsure about what she is doing. I often thought, maybe she can wait until next year to do this course when she is making a bit more money. I have absolute belief in my wife that is repaid a hundred fold every day, but I still remember thinking; is this a real business? Can she make a living out of this? What is her product? Who is her audience?
Within a few weeks, B-School began to answer these questions. By being exposed to Marie’s business and surrounded by other business women, Denise was not only building her expertise, but probably more importantly, she was building her belief. B-School provided the inspiration of what was possible as well as the techniques for Denise to get started and make money quickly.
Whether you’re male or female; fear, self-doubt and procrastination happen to us all. This is when your partner will need a role-model, a teacher, a counsellor, friend or problem-solver. The key thing to understand is that when your partner invests in B-School she is not just getting a set of books or videos that will sit in the corner. She will get some real skills and lessons to immediately improve the performance of her business plus life-time membership in a powerful fraternity of go-getting women.
Combined with the support from you, her loving partner, this expertise and network will help her step up (higher and quicker than you can imagine).
For your partner to build a business, you both have to treat it as a business and decide as a couple to invest in her as the CEO. Nowadays, I know that Denise’s hard work, studying and the work she has done on herself will provide the income to let our family to live the life we want. With Denise on-track to a 7-figure business, looking back, the decision to invest in B-School it looks like both one of the biggest but also easiest decisions she made and is an investment that continues to be a cornerstone of Denise’s success.
Even if it takes time and the first 8-weeks are hard work, your partner can simply re-take the course. I have never met Marie and have not done the program, but I’ve seen Denise’s transformation and we have enough B-Schoolers in our friendship group for me to know that “Once a B-Schooler always a B-Schooler“.
This is a community of empowered, inspired, successful women building purposeful, profitable businesses. This is a community you want your wife to be part of, trust me, it can change both of your lives.
If you can’t handle an empowered, ambitious, feisty wife who knows what she stands for and wants, then don’t support her B-School application. If you want her to be rich, happy and hot, do.
– Mark Duffield-Thomas
Note from Denise…
Mark supported my business financially for pretty much the first year – that means that we made a decision as a couple to really invest not only time but money into helping me do something I love. It wasn’t an easy decision necessarily – there were plenty of times when I felt guilty for investing my growing profits back into the business – by doing things like B-School.
I can offer you an amazing package deal as I’m a proud affiliate for B-School and I get a referral fee from Marie. I’d never recommend it if it hadn’t changed my life.
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