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.
Conferences, summits, meetups and masterminds.
All things that involve you zipping up a Samsonite, kissing your family goodbye, and investing a few thousand bucks for the chance to connect with your fellow entrepreneur (while perhaps picking up a key insight or two).
And maybe you absolutely thrive at these events.
Or perhaps like so many others you shrink up and do your best to become invisible.
But regardless of where you fall on that spectrum, one thing is absolutely certain.
Decisions dictate outcomes.
Let that one sink in for a sec, and then reflect back to the last major decision you made and how it impacted your life.
Chances are, that for every major success you can point back to, you can link it to a corresponding decision that paved the path for that success to occur.
Read & Grow Rich.
It’s a motto I like to live by.
And one that’s proven to be true when taking stock of just about every successful entrepreneur I’ve come to know in the last 20 years.
But just like you can “read your way to success”, you also read your way out of a deep hole.
Are you guilty of throwing hand grenades around in your business?
When I reflect back on it, I prefer to imagine myself as some kinda tech-savvy Chuck Norris f*ucking up the tech world with his weapons of mass disruption.
But in reality…
I was a restless founder, swimming in the early success that I secretly believed I didn’t deserve.
Alright, so here’s the deal.
Some entrepreneurs wear their battle scars proudly.
Not ashamed by any means. It’s just not a topic I’ve been racing to the studio to record.
Because as a mentor, there’s a responsibility I carry to be transparent about my biggest f*uck ups in the hope that someone smart will heed my warnings and save themselves the months of frustration (or millions of dollars) that I lost because of my own strategic blindspots.
As entrepreneurs, we can get pretty damn obsessive about our growth and learning.
Stacking our kindles with the hottest titles from the business bestseller list…
… and secretly (or shamefully) looking forward to our next cross-atlantic flight where we’ll finally have a chance to catch up on all those latest reads.
But as entrepreneurs, we’re also pretty devout at finding efficiencies and maximizing the return on every investment.
Which makes it kind of crazy how we haven’t learnt how to properly combine the two.
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.