No, I’m not singing a song! I’m talking about taking on too much. The New Year rush does it to me almost every year. i take on every project my mind can create. inevitably, this is not sustainable.
After writing my last post, I immediately went to work. I was writing copy, dictating ideas, and organizing my plan. I was excited! Then, it happened…
I took the weekend off to take my oldest on two recruiting visits. He has six offers to play college football, and is nearing the end of the decision process. The next week I had a summit scheduled. No big deal. Then I realized I had another visit trip planned. Then I remembered that I had to finalize reporting for my equity fund. Then I remembered 1099’s and W-2s. Then I remembered I had to take care of arranging some private equity for a deal that we are buying to build 33 duplexes on. Then I got a call from an old colleague that wants to buy one of my businesses from me.
These are all GREAT things. I know I am blessed to have the opportunities I have. Yet again though, I’ve had to put my passion on the back burner to take advantage of the responsibilities and opportunities that my talents have created. This leads to stress. Stress leads to unhappiness. Unhappiness leads to bad behaviors. It’s just not a good combination.
As an entrepreneur, it is a constant struggle to keep your “desires” and “ideas” in check. So, so often we end up pursuing our ideas and sacrificing our desires. I see people all the time that don’t have time for their family, because they are trying to create a future for their family. Then, before they know it, the kids are gone. I’m here to tell you, that’ll be you some day if you don’t stay focused on what matters.
That’s why I’m putting this project on hold until March 1st. I’m in the process of selling two of my companies in order to free up more of my time. I’ll also be launching a podcast, which is going to be my primary method of delivering this idea and my other ideas. i was recently approached by CBS Radio, and we’ll be announcing the new show in the middle of February.
For now, I am going to focus on getting my son with the right college, and spending as much time with my wife and 9 year old. Wish us luck. It is a busy and exciting time for our family!