060: Creating Relationships Between Entrepreneurs and Their Families With 18 Summer Founder, Jim Shiels

Big Mike Fund Podcast
Big Mike Fund Podcast
060: Creating Relationships Between Entrepreneurs and Their Families With 18 Summer Founder, Jim Shiels

Welcome back to the Big Mike Fund podcast. Today I’m talking with my good friend, Jimmy Shiels. We’ve known each other for many years. He’s a humble and genuine guy who classifies himself as a speaker, consultant, and the crazy glue that can help keep families together. The mission for his company, 18 Summers, is to help create relationships between entrepreneurs and their families, which can get strained due to the lifestyle and professional pressures of being an entrepreneur.

With this new reality, situations at home are changing and families are being impacted. Today, Jimmy shares his thoughts on what families can do while they’re at home, in order to take advantage of the time that we have together.


Minute Markers:

00:35 – A little bit about Jimmy

01:15 – 18 Summers

02:00 – How the quarantine is affecting families

04:45 – The story behind 18 Summers

06:35 – One-on-one time and having conversations with your spouse or SO

08:30 – “You should have known better.”

09:15 – Too much technology

10:30 – Family dinners

11:50 – Keeping work and family life separated/multitasking

14:00 – Being separated from family

16:15 – Family retreats/Virtual events

19:50 – Reaching out to Jimmy

20:36 – Parting thoughts

21:44 – Thank you for listening to the Big Mike Fund Podcast



“The average person will spend 85% of the time they ever have with their children by the end of their 18th summer because the amount of opportunities starts to delineate because they’re off to college, they’re going into their own life.” – Jimmy Shiels

“The average person–the average family 60 years ago, dinner was about 90 minutes. Now, the average time length for dinner now? 12 minutes.” – Jimmy Shiels

“The days are long but the years are short.” – Jimmy Shiels

“[This quarantine] is a crisis but also an opportunity.” – Mike Zlotnik

“Be present; that’s the most important thing.” – Mike Zlotnik



Jim Sheils Official Website

The Family Board Meeting: You Have 18 Summers to Create Lasting Connection with Your Children by Jim Sheils

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