This is kind of what my days look like. Just a snapshot into my world. It’s not as interesting as you might believe.
Just a lot of freakin’ hard work. A lot of wrestling with small bits and pieces. A million small decisions and a hell of a lot of execution.
It’s execution that matters the most. And in many ways that’s all that matters. Consistently, again and again and again and again.
In entrepreneurship and in life overall – just putting one foot in front of the other, day after day after day after day.
It’s like building a sandcastle on the beach – there are times where it’s low-tide and you can build a monumental piece of work, but you know the tough times are coming and as hard as you may try the ocean will win. When high-tide comes it can get scary – but you’ll make it through.
And you’ll build again, with just as much passion as you did the previous times. Glutton for punishment? No. Passion for your work.
Do you want a peek into the real world of John Saddington? It’s above. Imagine, for a moment, me hunched over a computer staring at my screen for hours at a time. An half-empty coffee mug (and another mug with an old tea bag in it). A bowl of almonds and cashews in the corner that I occasionally nibble on. A desk strewn with notes and drawings and sketches. I may not have showered that day, wearing a shirt I found on the floor.
That, my friends, is reality.
You see, there’s nothing sexy about building an app. (In fact, there’s nothing sexy about hard work in general.) There’s no glory about sitting alone in the dark for hours late into the evening and early morning. There’s nothing to envy and certainly nothing enlightened during these long periods of silence, just me, my music, my thoughts, and the tapping sound of my keyboard.
But it’s my craft. I’m hungry yet find myself very satisfied. I find small wins here and there and it’s just enough to keep going forward. Actually, I lied; it’s more than enough, even though I don’t work for those wins. I work because my work is my obsession. Madness. Driven. Insanely insatiable.
What are you working on that drives you forward? And if you aren’t then what are you doing with your life?