Great article and I personally couldn’t agree more Dan. After coming out of a rough start-up, I can attest to 90+hr work weeks, which I’m fine with in short bursts, it’s not possible to sustain that for any period of time. I worked 7 days a week, only went home to shower and sleep. I was a zombie to my wife and my work hour count did NOT include my 2.5 hour daily commute (roundtrip). So Add in another 17 hours on the road. I did this for over 4 weeks and took 1 day off to celebrate my 3rd wedding anniversary (which I admit, I shortchanged my wife..good thing she’s the worlds’ best wife!)
We were forced to do this from “the boardrooom” and I did it because my team worked 6 days a week and I’m the type of leader that would never ask my team to do something I wouldn’t do personally. Just my style. I learned so much about myself. What was eye-opening was the lack of appreciation for any hours beyond hour number 60 and more. I also learned my limits and how hard and long I can actually go before going nuts. And to echo your last point, if 100+ hours a week, working weekends, and sleeping in the office are what defines a successful startup contributor, then, I too, am a sad sad failure! #FailureForNotWorkingEnough
Then again, I am the one who is looking for a new career, so maybe I really didn’t work enough hours ha!
As the saying goes, fool me once, shame on you, fool me twice, shame on me…I’m older and smarter.