I have a friend; a super smart girl who does marketing. She’s going crazy with too much stuff to do; too many opportunities, too many people who want her help and not enough time to do it all (forget finishing her Masters Degree or having a few minutes at the end of the day for herself or to sleep).
Allan and I have always been in the same boat as this girl (except for the whole Masters degree thing, yuck). We’ve always had a ton of stuff we could do, and we truly want to do it all, but we can’t. At first we tried to just work all the time, but that’s unrealistic on a long-term basis.
I think one of the things Allan and I do quite well (something that most people are unable to do) is to draw a line in the sand and say, “That’s enough.” And we’re fortunate enough to even be able to see that line before we begin a project.
There’s a part in Fight Club where the narrator explains how Tyler Durden handles his problems. He says, “You had to give it to him: He had a plan. And it started to make sense, in a [Fat] Tyler sort of way. No fear. No distractions. The ability to let that which does not truly matter, slide.”
You can’t do it all. You have to draw your line in the sand. You have to figure out what truly matters and let the rest slide.
If you wanted it to build a product you’d find a way to get time to work on it. If you really wanted to start that new hobby you’d sacrifice something to find the time and money to do it.
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