Archive | February 2010

The Way I Work: Paul English of Kayak, Page 2

We work really hard for 40 to 45 hours a week, but we believe in people having strong personal lives. Over the past six years, there have been maybe five times I’ve spoken with Steve before 8 a.m., after 5 p.m., or on the weekend.

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It’s so tempting as an entrepreneur to think you need to power through and work very long hours, including on the weekend. I don’t believe that’s necessary. I don’t think there is a direct correlation between hours worked and progress / results. Paul English in quote above, founder of kayak.com, says that they work 40 -45 hard hours a week and despite being in business for more than 6 years, has only worked hard on the weekend maybe 5 times. I’ve already broken that in my current startup. Why? Is it really necessary? I starting to believe you can do more with less.

The Way I Work: Paul English of Kayak, Page 2

We work really hard for 40 to 45 hours a week, but we believe in people having strong personal lives. Over the past six years, there have been maybe five times I’ve spoken with Steve before 8 a.m., after 5 p.m., or on the weekend.

via inc.com

It’s so tempting as an entrepreneur to think you need to power through and work very long hours, including on the weekend. I don’t believe that’s necessary. I don’t think there is a direct correlation between hours worked and progress / results. Paul English in quote above, founder of kayak.com, says that they work 40 -45 hard hours a week and despite being in business for more than 6 years, has only worked hard on the weekend maybe 5 times. I’ve already broken that in my current startup. Why? Is it really necessary? I starting to believe you can do more with less.

Great quote from Seth Godin

It’s so tempting to start drawing maps for people. It makes them happy and it makes me feel smart. But resisting that temptation is the right thing to do, because once someone does it on their own a few times, they become unstoppable. Watching that change occur is one of the highlights of my professional life. And in fact, every great teacher I’ve ever known seeks the same outcome.

— seth godin

I’ve been fortunate to have many great teachers in my life, and I had plenty of moments with them where I just wanted them to “draw the map,” for me. They never did though. Instead they gave me just enough to get started on my own.

Great quote from Seth Godin

It’s so tempting to start drawing maps for people. It makes them happy and it makes me feel smart. But resisting that temptation is the right thing to do, because once someone does it on their own a few times, they become unstoppable. Watching that change occur is one of the highlights of my professional life. And in fact, every great teacher I’ve ever known seeks the same outcome.

— seth godin

I’ve been fortunate to have many great teachers in my life, and I had plenty of moments with them where I just wanted them to “draw the map,” for me. They never did though. Instead they gave me just enough to get started on my own.

Anxiety

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There’s been some anxious moments the last few weeks in the startup  I’m working on.  It’s the typical fears that you deal with in this stage of a startup (basically, what if we fail?).  I’ve been deep down this fearful road before, but this time it feels different.  I’ve been able to watch and notice more than ever, and it’s really interesting what I’ve seen.

I’ve noticed that often times we connect the anxiety and the situation as one, therefore calling it an “anxious situation.”  The tendency is to act quickly, swiftly, aggressively to solve these anxious situations.  In my own moments of high startup anxiety I’ve responded by working longer hours, setting up elaborate tasks list, creating crazy work rules for myself, and lost hours of sleep.  The funny thing is those all actually increase the anxiety.  Why? Because my work or work ethic was not the issue, the anxiety was the issue.  I’ve learned you need to work through that first, which often times requires a break and a breather, and then you can come back and deal with the tasks at hand (which usually are NEVER as bad as they look when you were anxious).  Or as Jerry put it in an email conversation earlier:

In fact, some times the anxiety can be so high it can actually prevent you from putting together the structure you need (to make you feel less anxious!).

There’s a big difference between the anxiety and the situation.  The anxiety is not tied to the situation, the anxiety is your reaction to the situation, and the anxiety makes dealing with the situation more difficult.  Step back, reflect, separate the two, and move forward…

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The Monster In Your Head » Board Meetings that Suck

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1 day ago in reply to bijan

Wouldn’t it be great if we could stop the biting?
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I think you’re point is right on. I used to tell folks something similar…something like, when you’re raising money (and IF you have a choice), think about the person you want sitting at the board meeting–especially when the shit inevitably hits the fan. Money is temporary but jerks are forever.

Love the last line by Jerry…