Question from a listener: “Dear Lee, I heard the call from the seller whose friends were putting down her eBay endeavors as a ‘hobby’ instead of a business. That’s happening to me. My friends don’t want to hear me talk about my business, and it’s such a big part of my life. Your insight, please?”
My answer? You CAN outgrow your old life. It can be difficult to relate to friends or family members who demean what you do and want you to “get a REAL job”, for instance, or who don’t lend an ear to what you have to say about your work or your growth, etc. You’re basically stuck with your family — sorry — but you can choose with whom you spend your time, and how you spend it.
Pick your moments with these friends and family members. I have friends who wouldn’t know spreadsheets from bed linens, so I don’t go there. If the friendship is worth keeping, you’ll be able to find alternative fun stuff to discuss. Meanwhile, join a local seller meetup group, or start making acquaintances of other entrepreneurs who get it.