‘Failure’ doesn’t have to be a grand thunderbolt fiery crash. It is any downside to life. And most of life’s daily ‘failures’ are drearily boring tedium. Hugh shares a fine embrace of this downside in his post ‘Married to my Startup’…
- “I remember when I was younger, working 80-hour weeks, wondering why I didn’t have a girlfriend. Looking back, it’s obvious why not. You can’t do everything; something’s gotta give. A work-life balance really isn’t possible when running a start-up. Yet in spite of the amazing things you’re trying to achieve, the world will expect you to be normal and boring. I heard a story about Bill Gates before he got married… that even though he was the richest American alive, he still drove a second-hand car and lived in a small little house with a friend. From the outside, he just looked like a normal Joe, stuck in traffic like the rest of us. It wasn’t that he couldn’t afford to live more immodestly, it’s just that he didn’t have the extra mental bandwidth to deal with all that lifestyle crap – fancy cars, vacation spots, antique collecting etc. All his mental energy was already taken up, running Microsoft. The best lives are often lonely and uncomfortable; at least at first. Get used to it.”
90% perspiration. I wonder if the modern age – that has taken drudgery out of almost everything with labor-saving devices and other push-button conveniences – has eroded mankind’s capacity for discomfort and sacrifice. Maybe the younger generation doesn’t have a greater sense of entitlement, just a lower endurance for drabness.
Embrace the failure of all work to be stimulating and quick enough to free up lots of down time.