Create Your Life

Entrepreneurship is awesome. It’s freedom. It’s creativity. It’s creation. It’s visionary.  But, but it’s not without it’s faults.

Tuesday night, Tilly and I met with some of our closest friends – a husband and wife who we’ve been blessed to live life with.  Both are leaders and visionaries. The husband is a close friend with an amazing heart and powerfully driven entrepreneur, and the wife is one of the most inspiring, leadership-driving, beauty-loving person I’ve had the pleasure of spending a dinner with.

In our conversations, our personal lives naturally mingle with our professional and Tuesday was no exception.  One of my takeaways from the evening was the following:

Entrepreneurs create.  Everything else (even the money) takes second seat to the act of creation.  It’s one of the biggest pleasures we get out of having the freedom to do what we want, how we want.

But the number one problem with entrepreneurs is being able to say “no” to things. It’s what breaks up marriages, ruins friendships, and makes us unhealthy while we work at our desks all day.  Many of us understand the power of saying “no”, of focusing.  We don’t, however, understand what this kind of inherent trait does to us.

It means we’re in a perpetual state of reaction.  And, the irony of it all, is that reaction is not creation.

The solution is this one tiny phase.  “Create your life.”

Notice, it’s not “create your lifestyle.”  That’s a given. We all work towards that.  But creating your life is a different thing altogether. It means creating a structure, a foundation, by which we will choose to live our lives on a daily basis.  Not because we want more structure, but because we want to be free to live our lives the way we want.

Seriously, what’s the point in being an entrepreneur if you’re simply reacting to everyone else all day long.  Create boundaries.  Create the life you’ve wanted.

Nate Ritter lives in the Pacific Northwest (U.S.), popularized the #hashtag and creates web applications for a living. He also does miles and point hacking to enable cheap travel for his family. More here →

4 Comments on "Create Your Life"

  1. A. R. Munyon says:

    Read most of the above but not the more here things. Thanks for letting me in on some of your thoughts.

  2. Eric says:

    Hi Nate,

    Let me introduce myself, Eric Savoie

    I like the short message you’ve done, well done. Yes reacting can make you feel like a pinball in a pinball machine, without control over that, you are bullied by the elements of life, plain and simple. And GOD knows how many is thrown at entrepreneurs. What I have learned form reading and studying the Best Seller ” The Seven Habits of Highly Effective people” is not to react but be proactive. To me with my life experiences and observations this is the most important aspect of human behavior misunderstood by so many, and being able to wrap your mind around it is empowerment for anyone who have the desire to take control of their future. All your daily actions and thoughts are shaping your future and reacting is the killer who will steel away from you your quality of life.

    I am the founder of the GBoom Organizational Network and we are about to launch our Global Solutions for connecting people and businesses. It will drastically reduce the burden of administrating and operating a company. It will certainly contribute to facilitate more entrepreneurs to start their own business as well with our Business Solutions Drive-Thru!

    For now you can only find a report on the GBoom.ca web site that I wrote over a year ago. It will facilitate the creation of more sustainable communities as well. You may want to check it out, will certainly help you with your business in your community as well as facilitating the interactions with all participants you deal with.

    I though you were a sensible writer when I had dropped my e-mail last year but I never heard from you since, good to see you start back writing and connecting. You would be a good organizer with the opportunity we are going to offer the entrepreneurs of the world and their customers, with the social transformation happening right now!

    Merry Christmas to you and your Family!

    Kindest Regards

    Eric

    • Nate Ritter says:

      Eric,

      Thanks for the comment. I appreciate the method of promotion you’re doing (commenting with substance other than marketing). I also appreciate your genuine kudos. I wish you luck in your endeavor to assist improving the lives of entrepreneurs – that’s to be commended. I’m not the one to assist though, as I’m extremely busy with my organization and have found the efficiency of focusing on just it. I’m sure you see the irony of it all. :)

      Anyway, thanks for your comment and keep up the good work. Merry Christmas to you and yours as well.

  3. Eric says:

    Hi Nate,

    Yes I can understand the irony and I can only bring the water to the horse, can’t force him to drink…lol

    I feel like many busy people don’t take the time to keep an eye on the technology and the rules of the game is changing rapidly with the new methods poping out on the web.

    Just keep an eye on what we do….no strings attached. You will see!!!

    Just allow you to see our launch by leaving your name and e-mail at GBoom.ca, you won’t regret, I promise!

    Happy New Year to you and your Family!

    Eric Savoie

 
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