Meg Hirshberg is a contributing editor for Inc. magazine whose regular column, “Balancing Acts”, examines the impacts of business on families. Her new book, For Better or For Work: A Survival Guide for Entrepreneurs and Their Families, expands on column topics such as the queasy necessity of raising money from friends and family, the emotional risks for couples that work together, and the entrepreneur’s feelings of guilt concerning the limited amount of time spent with children and family. As the wife of Gary Hirshberg, cofounder of Stonyfield Yogurt, Meg has faced most of these challenges in her own life.
Meg received a bachelor’s degree in comparative literature from Brown University and a master’s degree from Cornell Agriculture School. After running a science-education garden for elementary-school children and managing an organic vegetable farm in New Jersey, she married Gary in 1986. The couple has three children.
You can learn directly from her, too, by listening to her excellent My Quest for the Best interview, in which she shares her expertise on:
- How telling the truth makes you feel less alone, and that being a founder is lonely journey at times
- That business, like marriages, goes through distinct phases
- Your partner or spouse really wants to know how you are feeling, not just the “good” or “great” response you give to your colleagues and team
- Being authentic about every aspect of the journey together is critical to the success of both the business and the relationship
Taking a little bit of time to listen to this interview and learn about work and personal life balance!