Are you struggling to achieve work/life balance?
So was I…
… actually, I sucked at it.
I was that guy that would show up to parties and family functions strapped to his laptop – don’t judge :).
On a scale of 1-10, how productive do you feel in your business?
6 if you’re lucky?
For a topic so extensively discussed, it’s alarming to see how many entrepreneurs still struggle with productivity.
How even with the BEST intentions and most bulletproof “to-do” lists, our days can still be hijacked by busy work and flash fires, instead of the the needle-moving activities that actually bring us closer to our goals.
I hope you’re as lazy as I am.
Which I’ll admit is a very strange thing to say.
Because at first glance, “laziness” is the very antithesis of what being an entrepreneur is all about.
When I was 26, I was on the verge of entrepreneurial collapse.
My company, Spheric Technologies, was in a rapid growth phase, and I found myself in a constant struggle to keep my head above water.
I was stressed out, running out of money, and unsure if I was fit for the job.
I was taking more punches than I could take.
One blow after another.
I was ready to throw in the towel.
You either live a proactive life (where you decided what you want out of it), or reactive (where you react to the world around you).
Unhappy people live reactively. They believe their life happens to them and they have no power to change that.
Successful entrepreneurs are highly proactive.
They create the world they want to live in.
4 years ago I was living in San Francisco when my fiancee came home and told me she was pregnant.
This happened to be the same week I started my new startup Clarity.
A few months later she decided to partner with a friend and start a new marketing agency Onboardly.
On top of that, we figured we wanted to be closer to family so we started work on a small summer home near our family back home in Canada.
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Today I want to share with you something that’s near and dear to my heart… the idea of getting unstuck.
Recently I was sitting down with a friend of mine and I was asking him what his plans were for the rest of the year – since we were already half way through the year – and he told me that he just didn’t feel connected to his business anymore.
His business was doing well – he actually hasn’t worked a whole lot – and his business continues to go along. But what really threw me off was that he used the word “comfortable”… he said, “I just feel comfortable.”
There’s a great quote that’s going to summarize everything that I’m about to teach you today:
“The energy of the mind is the essence of life.” ~ Aristotle
When I was raising money for our first round of funding I got some great advice from one of our “quarterbacks”, Travis Kalanick (now CEO of Uber).
I originally wrote this in 2010 but wanted to revisit, fix and re-publish for others to read.
If I wasn’t doing my startup in San Francisco, here’s some random thoughts on how I would do it in another city – most likely in my home town of Moncton, NB. (which I ended up doing with Clarity!)
1. Start. Build something. Launch. #JFDI