“There are far more activities and opportunities in the world than we have time and resources to invest in. And although many of them may be good, or even very good, the fact is that most are trivial and few are vital.” – Greg Mckeown, Essentialism
One of my biggest flaws as an entrepreneur (and a human) is simple distraction. I like shiny new things – which gives me enthusiasm to start a lot of different projects.
…And I’ve started a LOT of projects.
- Paleo Guides
- Rooftop Bars
- Wordcount Tracking Tools
- Blogging Guides
- Travel Sites
- And a bunch of other ventures.
I tend to will most business ventures into existence, which works well for a period of time, but the flaws tend to be more apparent when the shininess wears off, and I find myself stretched between multiple projects while not serving any to the fullest capacity.
Lately, I’ve been cutting and slashing things out of my life that (while good and even very good sometimes) aren’t absolutely vital and don’t serve my higher goals.
And while part of me hates to admit it (Who likes to be told that their shiny new project is a distraction?), there’s a certain freedom in killing, selling or just throwing out your babies.
In fact, quite often, the things that you think were giving you more options or additional flexibility only held you back from going all in on the things that mattered.
I’ll be sharing a story on Friday about how I recently killed (well, sold really), one of my babies and what I’m doing in the future to focus less on the “good” projects and more on the “vital” ones.