I have always been curious and perhaps that is one of the multiple reasons for attempting to do as much as I can every day. My attitude is carpe diem. There is just so much I can do and learn every day!
Perhaps it is age, perhaps it is the desire to shift gears which I have done several times in my life or perhaps it just comes down to being curious for a new opportunity to dig in to and learn about.
I have acquired so much knowledge about building businesses, starting companies, working with founders, helping founders think differently about capital raises and cap tables. I have seen companies close and companies become huge. I have talked to so many entrepreneurs in multiple verticals. I want to share that but as my friend said the other night, “it is exhausting”. That exhaustion creeps up on you and it is harder with age whether you want to believe it or not.
Someone emailed me this week and posed the question “In what ways has saying no directly helped you professionally and personally”? Saying no more than yes has helped me set boundaries. It has given me my own space to explore new things. Space forces you to shift your thinking. More founders should do that.
I also told my friend that I used to read Zagats from cover to cover when it came out in the 80’s. I then became obsessed with Eater and any content in the restaurant world of NYC and the food places everywhere. The growth in BK right now is awesome. I have not kept up with it as much as I used to. He said the same thing to me about keeping up with all that info…”it is exhausting”. And perhaps I don’t need to know it all like I used to.
I don’t want to be exhausted. My cap of exhaustion is different than someone else’s but I like to think of it as I want to be more focused on less. After all, I can never stop being curious.