By Andrew Neitlich

Instant Perspective

By Andrew Neitlich

Well, my wife had a healthy baby boy at 6:32 am EST this morning. It’s our second, and (pending a big surprise) last child.

When I first started the entrepreneurial route, my wife and I had a philosophical discussion that went like this: What if we lose all of our money by pursuing this venture? And ultimately we concluded that, worst case, we’d rent out a trailer and work hard to eventually get back on our feet. But we still had each other, and we’d still enjoy the ride.

I feel blessed to have a terrific family and work that I love. And good health.


Maybe pithy and certainly not a blog entry that’s going to generate more sales for anyone reading it, but perspective is a big part of the game.

Back to the real work, which at this moment happens to be driving my wife’s knitting project back to the hospital, as she forgot it in the rush of her water breaking….

  • Dangermouse


    Have you named him yet?

  • moagw

    Interesting, of course perspective is required to do something like you have done. Anyone know of a book or article(s) regarding an entrepreneur in business, and family life (wife, kids, etc..)??

  • Congratulations Andrew and proud mother :)

  • _dreamer_

    do u plan to blog his life?

  • Congratulations and best wishes to you and your family

  • Congrats! Don’t forget to post a pic, name, and the URL of his first blog! :-)

  • el viejo


  • J32

    you know a blog addict when you see one: he’s blogging 17 mins after the birth of his child..

  • Ravedesigns

    Hey Andrew,

    Congratulations to you both!


  • Congratulations!

  • Congradualations, and good breaking news :D

  • Congratulations and best wishes.

  • Congratulations on becoming a father once more. Coindentally for us the road to being an entrepreneur began with the birth of our first son about 7 years ago…

    And the conversations always went on the lines you describe – we had even coined a word for it “Max-what-if?”

  • Oh, well done! Isn’t birth exciting?
    (If it weren’t that I’m not completely stupid, I would have had six :))

  • sunset

    Congratulations!And I agrree,perspective is a big part of the game.

  • Congrats! Family, health and career, you get all!

  • Congratulations, Andrew. My sincerest best wishes to both you and your family!

  • Congratulations and the best wishes!

  • Wow, never know how many actually read a blog till you have a baby huh? :-) Congrats again!

  • Congratulations from all of us. I just had my second the other week as well, so I’m totally with you on the perspective aspect.

  • Tyran

    Yup congratulations! Kids help define life’s perspectives and probably more importantly, also allow you to see the world through their very simple eyes, which sometimes brings you back down to earth with a huge bump. My little one is 5 and when she turned round and said ‘why are you home Daddy? Mummy dosen’t want you anymore because you don’t love her!’ I realised just what hell I had been putting my family through because of my work. Needless to say my dear ones now come first, always.

  • KaranCorp


  • Dano

    Will you turn this blog into a kind of TRUMAN SHOW? :p

    my 2nd son will born this month too, and we have the same conversations with my wife.

  • Congratulations! We just had our first baby not too long ago (well, 7 months – time flies!).

Get the latest in Entrepreneur, once a week, for free.