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 :).
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.
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.
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If I asked you to pull out your calendar right now, how much white space would I see?
Would it look like Eastern Canada in the middle of January? Or…
… would you need to call an elite squad of super assistants to help mitigate the multi-colored mess in front of you?
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
I’m often asked how – in a 2 year period – we were able to:
The truth is… very little sleep and hacking away at our approach to getting work done.
I believe most people don’t mean to be lazy. They typically aren’t producing because they haven’t improved the way they work. Everyone is capable of 3-5 times more output by changing a few simple things around in HOW they work vs. WHAT they work on.
Today I’m excited to share with you something that’s been frustrating the begeezus out of me, which is that most people would rather be entertained than educated!
It seems like it’s a subtle thing, because you’re like, “Dan, you are entertaining and you are teaching me stuff… what are you talking about? I love this! Why would you stop doing that?”
Truthfully, most people would rather zone out and watch 4 hours of TV, than actually learn something that moves their dreams and ideas forward, or improves their health or their relationships with their family. They would rather sit there and be numbed out by watching the news!
If you owned a restaurant and I asked you to suggest a restaurant for me to host an event at – wouldn’t you be pissed?
Well, here’s the deal…
If you email me asking for business advice and you haven’t tried Clarity – then I’ll take it as a personal insult.