My son is 9 weeks old.
When Jules and I found out we were pregnant, I immediately started thinking about how I need to be more responsible. Somehow, being a dad meant that I had to be a grown up. I thought being a dad would make me feel different. As though my identity would change and all my tattoos would fade away.
I don’t feel different. I feel the same. The only thing that changed is that my wife and I now have this awesome little dude that we get to hang out with and enjoy spending time with.
Of course spending time with my family is a priority, but I didn’t anticipate the feeling of doing nothing except being with my son and my wife. In the mornings, we wake up early and I sit in bed to drink my coffee and plan my day. But I do it all while little man sits on my arm sleeping. He sleeps so heavy and so full. We’re doing nothing except being together. It’s great. It’s inspiring. It’s motivating. It’s given me a great opportunity to think and evaluate my goals.
As soon as my son was born, my business philosophy of systematizing, delegating, and automating turned into high gear. My main focus for these last 9 weeks has been to document every process we have as a company, and create ways to get myself out of the way.
It’s been a challenging experience, because in doing so, I am also finding ways that I can systematize work for my employees. I want my team to learn and grow with me. I want to grow and learn with them. As a team, we are working together and creating something bigger than ourselves.
Over the last few weeks, many of you have reached out to me asking why I haven’t been writing every day. This is the first time in my life where I ever felt like my morning writing routine was getting in the way of something more important. I’ve been thinking long and hard about how I can be a better entrepreneur, a better husband, a better dad, and a better boss. I want to be great, and I want you to be great as well.
I’m feeling focused and reenergized. I’m feeling cerebral. I’m not approaching my work with the same kind of intensity and adrenaline as I have for the last 20 years. I’m on a more mature path, a path that requires me to be patient and methodical. I’m turning a corner, and I hope to teach you what I’ve learned.
I hope you will join me. I hope that my daily insights, lessons, and strategies will help you become a better entrepreneur and live a more prosperous, fulfilling life.