Why we’re workaholics

The key to this joint, the key to staying on top of things
is treat everything like it’s your first project, know what I’m saying?
Like it’s your first day like back when you was an intern…just stay hungry

– Notorious B.I.G

From the second we start a new business, we all believe that there will be a pay-off. In our minds, its a specific time or event somewhere in the unknown future when we’ll be able to sit back and reap the rewards of our success. We are constantly working because theoretically its bringing the eventual success closer to fruition.

Most of us put up with the daily fear of financial ruin by working harder and longer trying with all our might to bring that payoff to fruition faster. The result is that while we have fun at work, we feel guilty when we are not working. Every hour not worked is slowing down our payday.

When Natty brought up this concept last week, it was an extremely powerful realization. My distinct preference for delayed gratification and ambitious achievements plays a large part in my love affair with entrepreneurship and the startup lifestyle. Upon reflection I notice that many of my startup founders also enjoy the same high-risk/high-intensity/high-reward personal activities. Mountaineering, backcountry trips, endurance races and 3rd world travel. No wonder so many of us call Boulder home.

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Why we’re workaholics

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