I’ve been an entrepreneur for most of my life.
At 8, I was the kid selling Oreos on the side of the street.
At 12, I was buying computer parts, assembling computers and selling them
online to random people I met or on platforms like eBay.
At 22, I began my career in acting as well as my career in digital marketing which ultimately led me to work on some of the biggest film sets in the world coaching and acting alongside movie stars as well as build a multi-million dollar agency.
What did I do in my free time? This is a question that I often ask myself to ensure that I’m having enough time to enjoy and relax. I traveled the world to around 40 countries, hiked the most beautiful mountain ranges, scuba dove most beautiful coral reefs, and floated in the Dead Sea at the lowest point on earth.
However, I noticed something deep inside me mostly every time I was laying on a beach, trekking a mountain or just backpacking from city to city. I was always thinking about work, ideas, and goals.
On the beach I’d be reading books about marketing and business. When trekking, I’d be brainstorming the next idea. While backpacking from city to city or vacationing with friends, I’d always be so excited and looking forward to be back in my office and normal life routine: read, write, go to the office, work, work out, have some wine, decompress, rinse and repeat.
Seth Godin, one of the top writers in the marketing field has a great quote that always has stuck with me.
Instead of wondering when your next vacation is, maybe you should setup a life you don’t need to escape from.
I believe that for the majority of entrepreneurs, we love what we do so much and are so innately driven my habit that the lines of free time are blurred with work time. If I had more ‘free time’ I’d be spending that time reading, gaining more knowledge, optimizing my efficiency, thinking of new ideas, talking with friends about new ideas.
Ultimately, this begs the question of what do you define as free time?
If free time means simply time that isn’t directly involved in working in or on my business, then I’d say:
To sum everything up, the point I’m trying to make is that as an entrepreneur, the work never ends, and that’s simply what we want. No time is free, it’s always an opportunity to be improving oneself mentally and physically, one’s business, and designing a life that provides fulfillment and joy.
Cheers to your journey,