Work and life separate?
If this is true of the employee, this is doubly… triple… centuplilly (probably not even a word!) true for the entrepreneur.
It highlights the importance of building and running companies you believe in and feel good about… beyond just the profit involved. When you create something you BOTH profit from and believe in, the sense of regret or “wish I had been doing something else” I’ve seen present in a lot of folks over the years… fades away into a sense that you have created something greater than yourself. And it just feels good.
A side note: I’ve mentioned before that I get a lot of work done in my local Starbucks. When the baristas would ask me how I enjoy what I do, I’d say I love it. I don’t have to work a whole lot and still have a lifestyle I love. Over the course of a few months, they noticed I was working every day. And it wasn’t just at Starbucks. I’d often talk about the things I was doing when I got back to my office. One day they finally asked: “You say you don’t work a lot, but I see you in here working all the time. You are always talking about working when you are away from here. As far as I can tell, you don’t take any time off. What gives?” It finally dawned on me that because I love what I’m doing, I’m involved in it all the time, yet because I don’t think of it as work… it never occured to me to talk about it that way. That’s a Good Thing.