You have to work your ass off. I don't know anyone very successful who doesn't have some talent -- but that's not the differentiating feature -- it's grit and working your ass off. So I have a Lot Of Balance In My Life Now, Because I Had None When I Was In My 20s And 30s.
Before you guys dive into this post much further I’d love it for you to read the quote by Scott Galloway above, give him a quick Googley Googley Google and maybe even listen to his appearance on the Suiting Up Podcast hosted by Paul Rabil.
The reason why I’m writing this today is to dump my brain and talk a little bit about why I decided to start an online presence that captured more than just my passion for Health & Performance (remember Perform True? lol )..something that serves as a platform for all of my ideas, research, experiments, advice, tools and methods I’m working on and also share some of my skills. Essentially, I wanted a platform to create. One that wasn’t governed by any mission or brand guideline other than my own.
And my thirst to create stems largely from spending so much time in a demanding career as a management consultant, that it scared the shit out of me how much time had gone by and how little growth I’d achieved in a number of key areas of my life ranging from learning, solving my own problems instead of clients (companies), creating and thinking through my own ideas, spending time with family, paying attention to my health, building new relationships and making the most out of the ones I already have.
But my story isn’t the “fuc* corporate america” or wanna-be entrepreneur narrative that is so god damn prevalent today. I learned a ton there, and it’s the type of education you can’t come back to once you miss your chance. Mine is nearly 100% in line with what Scott talks about in his podcast and is summarized in the quote at the top of this post. My interpretation, or at least the action item(s) I laid out in front of myself, is that whatever I do with the rest of my 20’s and 30’s they better be spent learning, creating, growing and if by chance the risk looks really enticing, taking it.
A 'Golden Rule' or Immutable Truth in Life is That Trade-Offs Exist for Every Single Decision You Make - no matter how big or small.
Rekindling My Thesis
Leaving is what rekindled my thesis around time and decision making. It was not a quick decision, it was one that grinded throughout the course of a year in which I felt like I was on a treadmill; it was emotionally draining; it was downright scary – personally, financially and of course professionally. So when I look back in reflection it’s not just the sole decision of making a big change, it’s all of the small decisions about how I spent the limited time I had outside of professional settings. I’ve been asking myself things like, “Ok, so now that you’ve resurfaced a thesis that you’ve always intuitively subscribed to, but somehow got away from, how do you leverage it as input for future decisions?”
Pseudo Cost-Benefit-Analysis (CBA)
A "Time Well Spent" Lifestyle
The scary part is that most people put the cart before the horse. The cart is optimal lifestyle, the product, the dream, or end game. The horse is the process, the grind, the grit, the effort, the failure, the real skin in the game, and the stuff no one sees. I see a lot of folks who almost expect, or are entitled to, the cart without the horse. Society paints this intoxicating picture – helped by entitled people and successful entrepreneurs – that encourages wanderlust, removeal of attachment or commitment, dispise of “corporate america” and 4-hour work weeks for everyone. In other words, it seems like everyone wants or feels entitled to the cart, without working for it.
Of course some of you may have a better idea, opportunity, vision or hand-out if you’re entitled. And I welcome all of those. But for my plan, Izsights is a platform to document and share my ideas, thoughts, tools, skills and collaborations online to start creating. Through this personal medium I don’t have to stay true to any one brand or mission, except my own.