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Do You Even Work, Bro?

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I'm a big believer in mindset. I love Tim Ferriss and Seth Godin and people who think about work like it's not work. I do believe the old adage/cliche about "Do what you love and you'll never work a day in your life" even though it's attributed to everyone from Confucius to Mark Twain. It's still a cool thought.

So, needless to say, I feel like I don't work. Have you ever seen those bumper stickers that say "My worst day fishing (or golfing, or whatever) beats my best day at work"? I know that feeling. I've lived that feeling. I AM living that feeling. My worst day at Apericots beats my best day at a real job. Ever. So I truly believe, most of the time, I'm not working. No matter how mundane, no matter how many spreadsheets or how boring the Photoshop butchery I'm committing, it still beats the best time I could be having at a 9 to 5.

So imagine people's surprise when I tell them I don't work. Caitlin was quick to jump in in the past with "He's kidding, he works like 50 hours minimum." And that's probably true, but the point is, I like what I do. There are times when I love what I do. (There are also times when I wonder where my life went wrong regarding what I do, but I'll save that for another time :D). I'm 30, so to say I don't work is, to say the least, odd.

And that's the point I'm trying to make. No, I won't come help you move. (Joking...sorta) Yes, I probably worked until 2 am today.

In our social media age, people create the persona they want to show, and it's super easy. Caitlin and I have traveled the world, done lots of amazing things, and spend every second that she's not at the hospital together. I love going to the gym whenever I feel like it and going to the grocery store in the middle of the day. I love the weird looks I get when I'm NOT at work during working hours. I love telling people I don't work. And yeah, that's a stretch, but I'm all about mindset.

But just know this: It comes at a steep price. My friend recently reminded me of the saying "Entrepreneurs are the people who will work 80 hours a week to get out of working 40." We laughed for a second until we realized both of us were doing that, and have been for years.

I've never worked harder. Ever. I've never worked like everything depended on it before, because, to a large extent, it never was this way. At a job, you have other people to lean on, to bail you out, to help meet deadlines, etc. With Apericots, it's all on me. I take the glory and I take the bashings and I do it all gladly that I have the chance. But whenever people say something like "You've got the life" or "You're so lucky" I smile and agree, but I never mention the 14 hour days, or the times when I've been scared we're about to lose everything. I don't mention the sacrifices I've made to make this possible, nor do I mention the stress and strain that only those who have run their own business can understand.

Now, I'm not trying to be a martyr. Everyone works hard. Everyone's stressed. But my only point in writing this is to think about people you might admire, envy, whatever. (NOT me, I'm saying people who have accomplished stuff, not referring to myself at all). Chances are, no matter how great their life is (or looks), there's been a heap of sacrifice from them and those closest to them to achieve it.

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