Don’t pressure yourself out

Are you carrying the world around on your shoulders? Are you starting to tire? Are you ready to throw in the towel and say f*** it? Before you do, let me share a little wisdom with you.

I to was once this person that carried the world around on my shoulders. I was stressed out, or pressured out – whatever the case, I was doing this to myself.

Pressure will weigh you down, it will break you down, it will wipe you out – you don’t want to get to this point – I’ve been there and it sucks ass.

Pressure – the stuff we put on ourselves to perform or deliver can actually be a bad thing…a really bad thing. I’m not saying some pressure isn’t good, but what I am saying is that too much pressure is not good at all. It can make you angry, sad, or push you to the breaking point of depression – this is where it lead me.

What I’ve personally learned over the years is to relax a little, have some fun, and don’t put so much damn pressure on myself. Just be yourself, laugh, screw up once in a while, and do not take yourself to seriously.

Life is too short to put all this pressure on yourself.

When I reflect back on my different careers – racing motorcycles and startups, I found that I always performed better when I was just out doing something I love.

Today, I am happy to say that I wake up without an alarm clock, I work out, I take some time for me (Everyone needs me time), and I enjoy the rest of my day working on startups – all this I do with a smile.

I promise you, you will perform better without putting too much pressure on yourself. Its easier to focus and not second guess yourself when you feel less pressure. Just have fun, enjoy doing something you love, and focus on the experience, not just the results.

Like most problems in life this is another one we create ourselves. Get rid of some of this pressure and start enjoying the ride.

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What about you? 

Are you putting too much pressure on yourself? Are you about to crack?

 

VC’s Don’t Care About Your Small Company

For those of you who know me, I am a visionary. I like big risks and I’m not afraid to fail and lose everything – I’ve already been there done that. Yeah…it sucks while you’re in it, but you get right back up and start building again.

My dad always taught me to either go big or go home. We never went half ass – it was either all in or not in at all. Let me tell you, this was a great foundation for my startup life.

The same is true when it comes to VC’s. They are all in. They are taking big risks on your startup and for that, they are looking for a big win. They want deals that present an opportunity for a 10x return – minimum.

VC’s could give two shits about your little startup company that is going to own 30-50% of your small market – have some vision for crying out loud – that is if you are trying to reach VC’s.

I will also tell you from experience that it is just as hard to build a small company as it is a large one – you will never find me building something small again.

If you want a VC’s attention then go all in and build something that has the potential to scale and show a beauty of a return.

I am no VC, but I am speaking for some of my friends that tell me the horror stories. If your deal doesn’t have the potential for a 10x return then don’t waste their time.

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What about you? 

What are you building? Does it have the potential for a 10x return – minimum?

 

What makes for a bad client?

I just want to say that I am pumped about all the great companies and clients that I’m working with right now. It just feels good.

It hasn’t always been this way though. I’ve had my fair share of bad ones over years.

What makes a bad client

Graphic by: Kickin’ Up Pixels

Ever wonder what makes a bad client?

Here are my thoughts on this: 

  • They live to micromanage and control the process. This is especially frustrating when it’s the creative process
  • They constantly delay approvals and have a hard time committing
  • They steal your soul and stomp on it
  • They won’t own anything and they blame the whole shebang on you
  • They think that their high-touch participation is helping things
  • They constantly derail the process de-motivating teams and leading to uninspired work
  • They consistently make changes
  • They regularly move backburner items into action steps causing the project to slug away

If you are experiencing any of the above with a client, I suggest that you revisit the contract and see what you can do to get out of it. Bad clients can run your business into the ground. They suck the life out of you and take time away that you could be working with stellar clients.

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Anything to add?

What makes a bad client?

 

CANOEING FOR A CHANGE

Have you ever been on a canoe adventure? I’m not talking about canoeing at Grandpa’s lake either. I’m talking about a serious 12 hour canoe adventure with horse flies swarming your head to start, pit stops to explore old buildings (I know random), walking in the water pushing the canoe for a couple miles, and then after all that carrying the canoe above your head for 1.4 miles.

This is the canoe adventure I went on this past weekend and it was life changing. I was amazed at everything I learned, the people we met, the conversations we had, and how physically demanding it was.

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