I found myself on crutches with my leg in a cast with a torn
achilles tendon. I recommend avoiding this experience. Not only did I tear it once, I
tore it twice. I was on crutches, pain killers, anti-inflammatories, blood thinners,
and one or two other things. Needless to say I was miserable. I got two things from
this experience: 1) a relationship with my father; and 2) a successful software
While I was injured an opportunity came to me, one that
wasn't shiny. It wasn't pretty. It was important. I found a place where I could apply
my expertise. I passed on "job opportunities" from Microsoft, Apple, Google, and
countless other companies because the words of Jim
Rohn burned in my mind, "If you invent
something people use once, you'll make a million dollars. If you invent something
people use every day, you'll make hundreds of millions of dollars."
The opportunity presented itself and I jumped on
I knew that I was passing on predictable income, predictable
days, predictable workload. Like so many entrepreneurs will tell you, "Sometimes not
knowing how crazy something is, is a good thing." The next few years resulted in
countless sleepless nights spent working. Situations that were work/live/work.
Sleeping less than 10 feet from my computer many nights. A complete lack of balance.
A complete obsession with results. After a few years of this I was facing a
I had two choices, either (a) burnout; or (b) create a massive shift in how I was living my life (or not living). Both
would ultimately require a massive shift in my thinking.
Fortunately, I knew where to start...