A MATTER OF PERSPECTIVE 2/14/14

To Our Valentines

AIE wouldn't be possible without you.
Janelle and Cara have sacrificed tremendously, both for their husbands, and for AIE. Thank you, and happy Valentine's Day!

Benjamin Wills

My wife, Janelle, has made many sacrifices in our marriage. 

For one, she sacrificed herself in just marrying me. The second, letting me start a business for the second time. I have talked previously about the rough times we went and still are going through while growing a business from scratch. There are a lot of things and experiences that you go without when times are tough. Janelle has been a trooper and a great support during these times. I can truly say she has blessed me with silent suffering and being supportive in the face of all the strains that accompany this career path.

I have read it and will repeat it: If your spouse is not in agreement that you should start a business, you are all but doomed to failure. Having the buy-in from the spouse is critical because both of you will win and lose with that decision.

I thank my love, Janelle, for letting me take our family down the self-employment route.

Happy Valentine ’s Day to all the spouses out there loving your entrepreneurs! 

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Jeremy Wills

After only three months of Cara and I dating, I was let go from the IT job I had been at for quite some time. I then tried my hand for one year in a business startup that ultimately failed.  Through that time, she stuck by my side and believed in me.   

This year marks my 10th anniversary of marriage to my beloved wife, Cara. 

Five years into our marriage, I decided to go “entrepreneur” on her one more time. Once again, she was right there to support me. But this time, it cost her more than just moral support. There are not enough words to express the unbelievable sacrifices my wife has made for both me personally as well as for the company.

The author, King Lemuel, summed up the character of my wife in this great Proverb:

An excellent wife who can find? She is far more precious than jewels. The heart of her husband trusts in her, and he will have no lack of gain. She does him good, and not harm, all the days of her life.  She seeks wool and flax, and works with willing hands. She is like the ships of the merchant; she brings her food from afar. She rises while it is yet night and provides food for her household and portions for her maidens. She considers a field and buys it; with the fruit of her hands she plants a vineyard. She dresses herself with strength and makes her arms strong. She perceives that her merchandise is profitable.

Her lamp does not go out at night. She puts her hands to the distaff, and her hands hold the spindle. She opens her hand to the poor and reaches out her hands to the needy. She is not afraid of snow for her household, for all her household are clothed in scarlet. She makes bed coverings for herself; her clothing is fine linen and purple. Her husband is known in the gates when he sits among the elders of the land. She makes linen garments and sells them; she delivers sashes to the merchant. Strength and dignity are her clothing, and she laughs at the time to come.

She opens her mouth with wisdom, and the teaching of kindness is on her tongue. She looks well to the ways of her household and does not eat the bread of idleness. Her children rise up and call her blessed; her husband also, and he praises her: “Many women have done excellently, but you surpass them all.” Charm is deceitful, and beauty is vain, but a woman who fears the Lord is to be praised. Give her of the fruit of her hands, and let her works praise her in the gates. (Proverbs 31:10-31, ESV)