This past week was a pretty quiet for me both personally and professionally. Rom is traveling and after sending a flurry of follow-up emails form the conference, the focus is now back on marching forward and staying the course towards building our prototype pairs of jeans. For many people, quiet times can be great times of reflection and relaxation but that’s not always the case.
Starting in 8th grade, I changed my entire attitude towards school and my educational career. I decided that instead of being status quo, I really wanted to dedicate myself to see how far I could go. I began studying longer and harder and it helped me be a better student throughout high school. Ultimately, that drive and desire allowed me to go on to Pepperdine where I not only got a great education but I almost met a lot of wonderful people and had a lot of wonderful experiences.
The drive and dedication, however, can also be very frustrating because it takes neither weeks nor days off. There’s always that little voice in my head during quiet times interrogating me with questions like; are there are other things that I can be doing now, have I done enough, where am I headed and is this course going to get me to where I want to be.
Much like Gollum in the Lord of The Rings, that voice can be both very helpful as well as very hurtful. Last week was one of those weeks where I spent time quieting the darker side of my drive. I think that allowing ourselves to have slower weeks is great for reflecting on what’s to come in the road ahead for our businesses as well as in our personal lives. Just make sure to not let your “reflection” turn into judgment, criticism or denigration.
As creatives and entrepreneurs we are walking paths that have never been paved and we are blazing trails that have never even seen fire. So, we have to balance our drive and our desire for “success” (everyone’s definition is and should be different) with the realization that our trails may have a few unnecessary turns, especially, in the beginning. Nothing will be perfect no matter how hard we try but we have to allow ourselves to be productively imperfect. The important thing is to just keep marching on despite the fact that you can’t see where the end lies.
My extra time last week allowed me to catch a Friday night glimpse of the sunset with my wife.
“‘For I know the plans I have for you,’ declares the Lord, ‘the plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.'” – Jeremiah 29:11