The most striking thing about our life now is that our lives now revolve around building something that we both believe in, that is ultimately for us. Yes, we have investors who have provided some funding, but we retain ownership of the majority of the shares. As a result, we find ourselves working harder than ever, and yet, we don't feel nearly as harried or stressed as we used to. I've noticed the biggest difference in Steph, who is happy and relaxed now that she can work in her own space and can listen to whatever music she wants when she works. Plus, there are not too many workplaces that allow this:
- Hours spent commuting to and from work, plus the cost.
- Weekends spent running errands instead of resting.
- Unproductive meetings in which nothing ever gets accomplished.
- Hours spent talking about working with bosses and co-workers instead of actually doing it.
- Hours spent putting out fires and managing organizational crises that could have been prevented with better organization.
- Hours spent managing the optics of our work - giving the appearance of working hard or being professional. Now, how we look while we work is of absolutely no importance.
- Staying power
- Open mindedness and a willingness to change approaches
- Playing the long game