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The 5 Habits of Highly Intimate People Entrepreneurs are driven by passion, yet many don't leave space for intimacy in their relationships.

By Joanna Martin Edited by Jessica Thomas

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As a medical doctor who retrained in human psychology, behavior and growth, I am passionate about the impact of love and intimacy on every aspect of our lives. Entrepreneurs are passionate, driven and committed to their vision. However, this can come at a huge cost to their most intimate relationships.

Over the last 20 years, I have supported, trained and coached entrepreneurs and business leaders to collaborate, connect and lead effectively. Interestingly, I've observed in that time that an unexpected source of momentum to fulfill our purpose is knowing that we are loved — deeply, intimately and fully. In short, our intimate relationships can make or break our business life.

In the UK, the Office for National Statistics found that 42 percent of marriages end in divorce. In the US, experts estimate the rate to be 39 percent. However, divorce lawyers suggest that the divorce rate for entrepreneurs is between 5 and 10 percent higher, meaning that half of entrepreneur marriages are doomed. Not good news! How, then, can we as entrepreneurs, enjoy and protect our most important personal relationships? Here are five suggestions.

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