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325 - Why Entrepreneurs Suck At Vacations (Revisited!)

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Why Entrepreneurs Suck At Vacations (Revisited!)

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Russell is on vacation this week, so it seems appropriate to replay this episode about entrepreneurs and vacations! Enjoy!

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So if our mind is wandering when we’re on vacation, or it seems like we’re struggling, it’s not because we don’t love you. We do, in fact, that’s the reason why we’re on this vacation, it’s because we do love you. We’re just trying to figure out how to keep moving forward without ruining the vacation for others around us.

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Why are vacations so hard for Entrepreneurs like us? Do you ever have any of your friends or family members, or people you care about? Maybe a wife or a spouse tell you something like, this, “You need a break. You need to stop or else you’re going to get burned out.” How many times do we have people who we love and we care about tell us things like that? They think that a break is what we need to be happy, to have a balanced life. What they don’t understand is that us entrepreneurs actually get stressed out by vacations.

Why? Well right now I’m in Kauai, Hawaii with my beautiful wife celebrating our 15 year anniversary. And this beach house right here, we spent over 2500 a night to stay here. We’ve flown in helicopters, we’ve gone on boat tours, we’ve floated on irrigation canals, we’ve had an amazing vacation, but I’m actually more stressed out now than I was at home running my entire company. Why? Because entrepreneurs don’t need vacations, but the people around us that we love, they do.

What our loved ones don’t understand is that us entrepreneurs, we don’t get happy and sad like normal people. We only feel momentum. We’re either moving forward or we’re moving backwards. When we’re moving forward we feel happy. When we’re not, we feel sad and we feel upset and we feel stressed. It’s kind of like when the coach pulls you out of the big game and sets you on the bench to catch your breath. Yet, as you’re watching the game from the sidelines and you’re seeing your teammates, and you’re seeing your players all move towards the goal line, you want to do everything in your power to get back into the game. Being in the game is why you do what you do.

What they don’t understand is that what we do, it is our hobby, it is our vacation. And when we’re moving forward, that’s all the fuel that we need. When we have to stop for vacation or for sleep, so does our momentum. So if you’re watching this and you care about entrepreneurs, don’t worry about us, we’re not going to burn out. We don’t need a break, we just need to keep moving forward.

So if our mind is wandering when we’re on vacation, or it seems like we’re struggling, it’s not because we don’t love you. We do, in fact, that’s the reason why we’re on this vacation, it’s because we do love you. We’re just trying to figure out how to keep moving forward without ruining the vacation for others around us.

And for my entrepreneurs who are watching this, first is tag and share this video with those who are around you, who love you, so they’ll understand you better, and they’ll stop trying to get you to relax. And second the secret to a happy vacation for you and for the people you love is to figure out a way to keep the momentum happening even while you’re on vacation. For me it’s reading a book or listening to an audio course or something I can learn that doesn’t interrupt the vacation for others. For them, it seems like I’m relaxing, so the people that I love don’t stress out and think I’m going to burn out. But inside my mind I can continue to plot and scheme and figure out how to keep things moving forward.

You’re an entrepreneur and this game we play, it isn’t a job it’s your life. And that’s okay.

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