I love the “don’t compare your inside to someone else’s outside” — I heard it said a different way, “Don’t compare your blooper reel to everyone else’s highlight reels” — it’s a really hard things to learn to do, but it makes all the difference.
Great one man, the “it’s easy to stop here” really got me charged up because my…
Great point! I completely agree. This is, as you said, more targeted at those that seek happiness but don’t believe they are able to have it.
I wouldn’t say you should smile at a funeral, just be able to control your emotional state and understand that it is under your control.
Since we don’t want to splinter our efforts and it would take a lot of manual input to import everything over to BC3 from BC2, is there any plan currently for building an import module or “update all projects to BC3” tool?
I commend you for the incredible experience you give your employees at Basecamp, I have followed you since the beginnings of 37signals and you’ve served as a constant inspiration for how and why I build what I build, and what I try to give to the people I work with (especially while building SimpleTiger) — cheers man, I’d love to work with you on something eventually.
Exactly, passive knowledge that there is something else out there is fine — actively thinking and planning things that don’t push your primary goals forward, however, is poisonous.
Knowing I could get a job at a startup at the drop of a hat if my business went under is settling, but knowing what all I would be losing if I did that is just unacceptable to me.
Susie, I think this is a very wise perspective. I’ve dealt with the same things, the thirst of ambition, and (at 22) I started my own internet marketing agency — leaving a very successful agency to pursue my own freelance work at 21 and eventually forming the agency to scale at 22 — but the focus was on my own personal growth.