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Lessons Learned from My Son's Stomach Bug on Running a Business


It was a bright and sunny morning, the kind that makes you feel like anything is possible. As I sipped on my morning coffee, little did I know that life had other plans for me. My 4-year-old son, Kai, had woken up feeling a bit under the weather. But being the optimistic parent that I am, I brushed it off as a temporary phase. After all, what could possibly go wrong on such a beautiful day?


As we got into the car to drop him off at daycare, Kai's innocent face turned a shade of green that I had only seen in cartoons. And then, without any warning, he vomited all over the back seat. It was like a scene from The Exorcist, only with a more adorable protagonist. As I cleaned up the mess, I couldn't help but think about how my day was going to be a rollercoaster ride.


With my real estate investing business demanding my attention and Kai needing care, I felt stretched thin and overwhelmed. But as any parent-slash-entrepreneur knows, the show must go on. So, I took Kai home, tucked him into bed, and set up my laptop beside him. From that makeshift workspace, I managed to make calls, answer emails, and even negotiate a deal or two.


Of course, the universe wasn't done testing me yet. That night, Kai's stomach bug decided to take up residence in my own body, and suddenly, I was juggling not just my responsibilities as a business owner and parent, but also my own health. The next few days were a blur of ginger ale, saltine crackers, and conference calls taken from the bathroom floor.


But amidst the chaos, I realized that running a business is a lot like taking care of a sick person. You can't predict or control when things will go wrong, and sometimes, all you can do is adapt to the situation at hand. In business, as in caregiving, being prepared for the unexpected is crucial. It means having a contingency plan for when your top employee quits or the market takes a nosedive.


Moreover, I learned that compassion and empathy are essential ingredients in both arenas. Just as I needed to comfort and care for my sick son, I also had to empathize with my clients and employees when they faced challenges of their own.


In the end, Kai and I both made a full recovery, and my business managed to stay afloat despite the curveballs thrown our way. The experience taught me that, whether you're dealing with a sick child or a struggling business, resilience, adaptability, and a healthy dose of love can make all the difference. After all, isn't life just one big juggling act?


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