Happiness is working and excelling. Fulfilling your potential. That’s our real job. Everything is part of that description and nothing is not work if you do it right.

I Work All The Time — And That’s A Good Thing | Thought Catalog

This is how it should be… at least, how I like things to be. Is meeting with some other founder who’s just starting up who has nothing to offer me “work?” Well, it doesn’t pay the bills, but I learn from it, I make new connections, I enjoy it… It’s not “work” but it sure feels like something I should be doing.

On the flip-side, is my weekly digital sabbath and trip to the ocean “work?” Well, again, it doesn’t put money in my pocket, but it’s where I find my balance, my energy, my inspiration to keep me challenging myself at Shelby.

It all starts to change once you break down the walls of “work” vs. “life.” Just consider it all your “life’s work.” Or call it “art” like Seth Godin does…

Art is not a gene or a specific talent. Art is an attitude, culturally driven and available to anyone who chooses to adopt it. Art isn’t something sold in a gallery or performed on a stage. Art is the unique work of a human being, work that touches another. Most painters, it turns out, aren’t artist at all – they’re safety-seeking copycats.”

Whatever you do, just don’t waste your time. As I heard recently, ‘Be phenomenal or be forgotten.’