Today was beautiful. 72 degrees on November 10th, in East Tennessee, without a cloud in the sky is absolutely scenic. I spent a couple of hours today laying on the grass on campus, reading and simply enjoying the incredible weather. As I mentioned, I am reading (for the 2nd time) The 4-Hour Work Week by Tim Ferriss. The book is more or less a manifesto for the mobile lifestyle and creating businesses, which fit the mobile mindset. So what is this mindset?
The mindset discussed in the book is one I deeply share. I often have difficultly describing my outlook on life and business, but there is a section of the book that I am going to share with you now, which will hopefully give you a snapshot of how I process business/entrepreneurship questions and thoughts.
What truly separates people such as myself from the typical entrepreneur (TE) is the desire to create options throughout life opposed to working your entire life, saving it all until the end, only to find your life has passed you by. My goals reflect very distinct life philosophies and priorities. Below, note how subtle differences in wording completely change the context:
TE: To work for yourself
Me: To have others work for me
TE: To work when you want to
Me: To prevent work for works sake, and to do the minimum necessary for maximum effect
TE: To retire early or young
Me: To distribute recovery periods and adventures throughout life; inactivity is not the goal, doing what excites you is!
TE: To buy all the things you want to have
Me: To do all the things you want to do and be all the things you want to be
TE: To be the boss and not the employee; to be in charge
Me: To be neither the boss, nor the employee, but the owner; to own the trains and have someone else run them
TE: To have more
Me: To have more quality, and less clutter
For those of you who have read the book, yes, I took these almost word for word out of the book. The way he views life, entrepreneurship, and business resognate deeply, and I hope this gives many of you a better insight into my journey... it may also be your journey ;)