Is it just me or did someone steal my summer without telling me?
At first, I thought I must be alone here. Now, on my second company launch (first Beckerman PR and now The News Funnel), I never shied away from working crazy hours. I try to live by Bob Dylan's inspirational line, "Those not busy being born are busy dying.” After all, I’ve been in these shoes before.
Now that I am focused on the tech sector with my latest startup, I do notice that very few startups actually sleep. So I thought this ridiculous all-hours thing could be just a tech thing...
So I started asking some friends about their summers and ended up getting the same responses. "What summer?" As a result, I stopped feeling sorry for myself and started to realize that I wasn’t the only crazy one.
Maybe it’s the insane nature of how competitive business is today. Or how, with technology, we are always "on." And maybe just maybe, this is the new normal.
I do remember a time when the majority of business professionals took a lot of time off during the summer (unfortunately – or fortunately – I’ve always been too much of a busy body to have ever gone too far off-the-grid). I would hear amazing stories of friends who adventured off to Europe, about playing golf, about chilling at the beach. These days I don’t hear very much of that.
And, I am not suggesting this is a good thing. Perhaps we have lost our work/life balance along the way. For me, I am fortunate that I truly love what I do. While the hours and self-induced pressure is intense, I honestly wouldn't change a thing. As Confucius once said, "choose a job you love, and you will never have to work a day in your life.” Thats how i truly feel about my work.
As I reflect on this past summer, I am proud to have watched both my family and my company grow. While we didn’t take any crazy adventurous vacations or sail the world, I was present in all of the moments that counted, and as a result, feel as rested and ready for the fall as ever.