The element of surprise in this story isn't that I have two friends, it is that the two individuals in question have had to work so hard carving a niche for their business when the value they can deliver is so clear. Starting a small business isn't easy. There are few favours and there are definitely no short cuts, especially when you are building your reputation on client satisfaction and success.
The good news is that work/life fusion can offer a means of support because it can clarify the choices an individual makes in situations like this. Having a clear understanding of why you are doing something is very useful, particularly when the going gets a little tough.
When you have tested the belief that what you are doing is the right thing for you, your family and your career (as well as your business and your clients), you only have to apply yourself to the tasks directly in front of you to see progress being made.
When you apply yourself to something that you value, something that you have a proven talent for and something that offers goals that you are inspired to work towards, everything you do and all that you encounter takes you one step closer to achieving personal success.
Keep battling lads, it will come!