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Alexis Ohanian Describes Being a ‘Business Dad’ to His 4-Year-Old Daughter Olympia: ‘i Want Her ‘to See Me Working!

When it comes to his daughter Olympia, Alexis Ohanian wears multiple hats. In an interview with Morning Brew’s Imposters podcast, which PEOPLE can preview before the full episode airs on Tuesday, the 39-year-old software entrepreneur talked about being a “business dad” and what that means for him and his wife and two young daughters.

Recognizing that the dual roles of entrepreneur and father are “I spent the majority of my life, the majority of my adult life basically focusing on just the work portion, the first part, and then four years ago [I] became a father,” Ohanian stated of his identity. Things began to change. And that’s the viewpoint I use while making most decisions, as well.”

The Dual Roles of Entrepreneur and Father.

Alexis Ohanian Describes Being a 'business Dad' to His 4-Year-Old Daughter Olympia: 'i Want Her 'to See Me Working!

I want to continue doing my best work for as long as possible so that my daughter can see me doing it in a way that is both professional and aligned with my values,” he said. “Professionally,… I want to do my absolute best work for as long as possible so that my daughter can see me doing it in a way that is both professional and aligned with my values.”

In an interview with Ohanian, he said, “I really want Olympia to see me working, to see me building.” “As a father and a role model, I believe it’s also a part of my duty to do so. I want her to see me putting in the effort to do something I’m passionate about and care about.” He also jokingly said that Olympia, the 4-year-old daughter he has with wife Serena Williams, currently thinks he “simply makes pancakes for a living.”

Disney Movie Obsession.

Alexis Ohanian Describes Being a 'business Dad' to His 4-Year-Old Daughter Olympia: 'i Want Her 'to See Me Working!

“Which I also do,” he added, perplexed. “Sunday is my day off. I honed in on my COVID ability. I have a pretty specific squeeze bottle setup and all that jazz.” As for the Disney movie obsession, Ohanian assumed his family would breeze right by it. However, he now admits that his son is fascinated with anything Encanto. “I was worried that we would miss out on that trend. As time went on, the music started to invade, and today it’s on all the time “he elaborated. Ohanian also talked about the guidance he got from Williams, 40, on how to balance his time as a working father and a professional on the Imposters podcast.

His wife taught him the most important lesson of all: “The biggest thing I missed, especially early on, was not realizing my own decreasing marginal returns on output where it just felt really good to be the only one up at 4 a.m. working and sending e-mails because I was like: ‘Man, f—k, I’m getting a freaking edge on everyone else,'” he explained. “[But] in retrospect, I see that there’s a moment at which we must acknowledge that we are, after all, human. To sum it up, we’re not machines “he went on to say.

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The Olympic Games.

Alexis Ohanian Describes Being a 'business Dad' to His 4-Year-Old Daughter Olympia: 'i Want Her 'to See Me Working!

“Furthermore, if you ask athletes, who are the only people who have an objective work, they will all tell you that becoming the best at what you do requires equal amounts of rest and recovery as it does effort. And it’s ridiculous to think that you can just keep going and going and going and going and going and going and going and Attempting to do so is a futile endeavor.”

“When I was told this by her it really encouraged me to strengthen my belief in the importance of taking time off in order to fully heal. I’m not able to perform at my peak level at this moment in time. In fact, that is what I actually desire “Ohanian tacked on. That was all he had to say: “When she’s not on the clock, she has a switch in her brain that allows her to forget about tennis, business, or fashion. It’s either date night or it’s time for the Olympic Games. It’s as though it’s broken. That’s a skill she’s honed over her career, I’m sure.”

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