When starting a company, there really is only one thing you should be focused on: solving a real and tactical problem.
We live in a bigger is better society, and this affects everything we do!
While the 14 hours days may feel long in the office, 10 weeks go by incredibly quickly. The days feel long, but life is short. And I am reminded of that today, as I return home from my second summer in San Francisco.
Figuring out the difference between "good" and "bad" is an integral and ever evolving aspect of life.
Reflecting on what is important to you is a great way to prioritize your life.
As we get older, we tend to ask less questions. We tend to accept the norm. We tend to be comfortable with the norm.
How does this materialize in life?
As I've now worked across a variety of companies, of all sizes, I have been exposed to awesome coworkers/managers, as well as some not so awesome ones.
A few months back I committed to reading (actually listening to audio books) much more often. Before that, I had really fallen off the reading train and had not been reading at all.
As you develop professionally, and grow from an executor to a manager to a manager of managers and so on, the content of your work changes. The skills needed to be a great executor are different from a great organizational manager.