Richard Moross on How Family Relationships Change With Age
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In Chapter 3 of 17 in his 2012 interview, London entrepreneur and CEO Richard Moross notes the slow change that comes with family relationships. As he gets older and sees his lifestyle becoming more similar to his parents, he finds it easier to connect with his parents. Moross finds synching into similar patterns, principles, and rules of being a grown-up help him better connect with siblings as well. Moross is the founder and CEO of and a leader in the London startup scene.


Erik: How are your family relationships changing as you get older? Richard: It's hard to say 'cause it's very slow. Family relationships don't tend to -- you know, they're always there so it's a very slow change, I think. I think, as you get older, and you get -- your lifestyle becomes more equivalent to that of your parents’, you get a chance to get closer to your parents, which I think is important as they get older, as you get older. You know, as you stay home more, go out less, have a job, you know, there's a synchronicity to, you know, their lifestyle and I think that's interesting. In terms of my siblings, as well, we get more into a state where, you know, suddenly no one is at university anymore, no one is at school anymore, people have jobs and they're doing that. So, there's something very nice about synching into the same pattern more or less. So, I think as time goes on, we just -- we -- our lifestyles become more -- not similar but, you know, based on the same rules and principles of, you know, being a grown-up, I guess, and that makes it easier to have common things to talk about and so on. In some ways, that's not nice because you want your parents to be, you know, held in a different light maybe and be -- but my parents are very sage and wise and so on and so, irrespective of that fact that, you know, we are, you know, grow -- all grown-ups now. They're very wise and they share that. I'm lucky that they share that with me. Mostly when I've done something wrong. When I've been naughty or whatever, one would say, you know, or when I'm reflecting on options or, you know – so it's nice to be able to communicate like that, to trust them and to have them share their much more sage view on the world and so on and so.