The Balance Between Life & Work

I have some shame associated with the decision I made yesterday. But the reality is I made the decision based on what I wanted to do based on what I felt like I should do.

I've been leading Productive Cycles on Tuesday and Thursday mornings, which are coworking sessions designed to help people get more done in less time.

I've been running these since June of last year, and I'm running these as part of an 8 week Startup Sprint accelerator program.

Yesterday, I got a notification that Winter Park got 15" of snow. And I simply couldn't take it. There was no way I could sit and work behind a computer and know that there's 15" of fresh powder laying on the mountain waiting to be surfed.

But I feel this overwhelming pressure to be everything for everybody. And I feel a personal commitment to the founders who have been joining in on Productive Cycles.

I showed up at my normal time of 6am to start the early session with another founder. And 2 cycles in, I saw that Winter Park got 15."

I had an overwhelming rush of FOMO for a powder day.

Powder days are life changing. There's nothing quite like surfing on some fresh pow. Yes, that sounded super bro-ey. But idc. It's the truth.

After reading Let My People Go Surfing in December with the Green Spaces Book Club, I finally found a business philosophy to resonate with.

Some of the main quotes I took from the book were,

"A serious surfer doesn't plan to go surfing next Tuesday at two o'clock. You go surfing when there are waves and the tide and wind are right. And you go ski powder when there's powder snow!"
"Remember, work has to be fun. We value employees who live rich and rounded lives. We run a flexible workplace, and we have ever since we were a blacksmith shop that shut down whenever the waves were six feet, hot, and glassy. Our policy has always allowed employees to work flexible hours, as long as the work gets done with no negative impacts on others."

-Yvon Chiounard

Here's my business philosophy:

Work hard. And work hard consistently. But don't take yourself too seriously to miss out on life experiences you want to have.

As structured as I enjoy being with my work, I'm not going to let my work get in the way of what I want to experience in life. You can't predict when the powder's going to fly. And sometimes you gotta make decisions based on what you want to do and be willing to accept the consequences of your actions.

What I'm feeling shameful of this morning is the fact that I feel like I had a commitment to the other people who normally join Productive Cycles. But at the end of the day, I'm likely taking myself too seriously and making a big deal out of nothing.

The reality is that I have a philosophy towards how I approach business & life. And this philosophy prioritizes a balance between life & work.  If I end up losing some customers or burn some bridges with people who don't agree with this, then so be it.

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