You might be an entrepreneur if…when someone asks you what you’re doing this weekend you say “Working, of course, just like any other day.”
To weekends you can add holidays, vacations, family reunions, nights, and any other time period, regardless of the location or time of day–I’ve worked them all. Heck, I’ve worked at night on holidays while on a vacation that doubled as a family reunion that was held over a weekend.
The funny thing is that I rarely, if ever, asked my employees to work overtime, weekends, or anything like that. I would always hear people talking about how their boss was making them work late or over weekends, but I never felt comfortable doing that. In some ways I regret it, since perhaps working weekends would have helped the company, but based on my own experience of working 24/7 I don’t think it’s necessarily true that more time spent working = more results.
But when you’re an entrepreneur you’re a slave to the business. You do whatever it takes to make it work, and when you’ve got it in your head that the more work you do the more good things will come to you, then you’re willing to do work anytime, anywhere, and count yourself lucky to be living such a dream. But if you’re like me, one day you come to the realization that half of what you’ve been doing was useless and perhaps counter-productive, and you get smarter about things. These days I rarely do any work on weekends or nights. I now spend about 1/4 as much time working, but I get quite a bit more done. Everybody wins. But I still work while on vacations, and if need be, I will put in some time on weekends, and I’m not sure there’s an entrepreneur out there who ever gets away from this completely.Liked it? Share it!