Entrepreneurship: Are You Willing to Work This Hard?

“Entrepreneurship is living a few years of your life like most people won’t so you can spend the rest of your life like most people can’t.” —Warren Tracy

It’s Saturday night. Your significant other is sitting on the couch next to you watching Roman Holiday with Audrey Hepburn and Gregory Peck. You are supposed to be watching, too. And you are, sort of. roman-holiday

But you’re an entrepreneur, so you’re also reading Eric Ries’ The Lean Startup. And thinking about your lean canvas. And working on the presentation you’re doing Monday for a potential investor. Everyone likes Prezi, right?

If that’s you, you’re not alone. I’m doing the work, too—enjoying the present and betting on a brighter future.

“Success isn’t measured by money or power or social rank. Success is measured by your discipline and inner peace.” —Mike Ditka

Focus—Pick One Thing (And Do It Now)

I am in busy/distracted mode, and I am not proud of that. I like getting things done, I like finishing things. But right now my mind is going a million miles a minute in a million different directions. How about yours?

Here’s what I am going to do:

1. Quit Firefox.
2. Close all of my Chrome tabs except one.
3. Turn off my email notification pop up
4. Turn off the TV in the background
5. Put my iPhone face down so I can’t see the texts, the twitter push notifications, etc.

I don't always

Now I am going to spend the next 45 minutes making an actual difference in my life and business. I am going to do the hard work of focused thinking, which is always harder than being distracted. And because I can and will do this, I will win.

How about you?