Todo: Enjoy Life More

A few months back, my dad told me he was going to quit working on Sunday’s and instead take a day of rest. I remember thinking how great that was for him and how impossible it would be for me. We’re talking about an entire day that could be spent working on building the business here. So I carried on working two hours every week night and eleven hour days every weekend. It was up at 5 am and work work work all day long. And we’re not talking the whistling kind of work, we’re talking veins shooting out of my forehead. My entire world was business and nothing else mattered. No time for family and friends, exercise, eating decent meals, cleaning up, sleeping in, or having a split second of fun. My eye was looking through a narrow tunnel at the prize and I could not allow myself to lose momentum. I could not fail! Everything and everyone I care about was outside this tunnel as I pushed myself to reach the other side. My stress levels were sky high, I was completely miserable, and a couple weeks ago I finally crashed! For a good visual, picture me rocking back and forth in the fetal position, sucking my thumb, as you repeatedly kick me in the groins while laughing at my girlish figure. I crashed pretty hard!

Now the crash has subsided and I am in the process of picking myself up off the floor and rebuilding, which makes me a bit like the Six Million Dollar Man, only on a much tighter budget. The passed week I’ve been reading the book Stress Management for Dummies which my girlfriend bought me a while back but ironically I was always too busy and stressed out to read. After taking one of the tests in the book and finding my stress levels to be in the EXTREME range, I realized it was time for a change. I had to ask myself: is the business that important? Is it worth killing myself over? Is it worth giving up everything good around me? Obviously it isn’t and now I am taking steps to relax and de-stress myself on a regular basis. My eyes have been opened and my surroundings are becoming visible again. Stress levels are getting back to the comfortable green zone and my mind is clearing up. Now that things are in perspective and my priorities are back in line, the business is really not as important as I once thought. It used to be everything, now it’s just something. Not to say I won’t continue to go after it because I will, just at a lesser intensity. Future happiness is not worth killing myself today.

I guess I’ve had a bit of an epiphany and am realizing that I take myself and life in general way too seriously. I take little pleasure in the little things in life and my expectations are off the charts. It’s time for me to start enjoying life again and have some fun. Take up some new hobbies, travel more, spend more time with family and friends, and basically just live a little more. This isn’t to say my ambition and business dreams are going to die out, far from it. It just means I’ll be taking my expectations down a notch and finding a better balance between my business and personal life. It’s time to appreciate the space between a bit more. It’s time to spend a little more time in the present and a little less in the future. Not just for me but for the business as well. I’ve found that putting too much of myself into the business actually hinders potential for success. It makes me miserable and reduces the quality of my work. It robs me of inspiration, motivation, and creativity. Taking breaks from the business and getting out in the world will open up doors of possibility for me and who knows what/who I’ll find out there to help me fly this thing.

Long story short, I’ve decided to follow my dad’s lead and take breaks from the weight of the world more often. Sundays are now a work-free zone around here as it is going to take a strong and healthy Zack to build a strong and healthy business. The trickiest part is going to be finding that balance between an ambitious, work-a-holic, stress cake focused completely on the future and a fully content, happy go lucky, carefree hippy living completely in the here and now. Wish me luck.




Good thinking, Zack… problem is trying to get myself to work at all on the weekends…..I’m a two-day-off kinda guy, and I’ve managed so far, then again, I’m not starting a business. But your right, you need at least one day to clear your mind and set things straight in your head before you go at it again, else you’ll burn out!


Good for you for putting YOU before IT. I struggle with that myself. I usually just try and work until I get frustrated or to a legitimate stopping point and then stop and give myself a day or two before going back to the frenetic pace I usually set. Sort of a Bunny method to coding/design.

I hope all is well and the extra time you’re taking lets you spend more time with the family.


The Six Million Dollar Man comment made me laugh. You’re a funny dude. You may find this hard to believe, but I actually enjoy wetting myself from laughing so hard. It always surprises me how warm it is. Keep up the good work!


That’s a tough one, because as an entrepreneur, there’s nothing like your vision or dream. In some ways it’s more compelling than sex. Until you get the prize you’re always wondering “Am I pushing myself enough?”

Through observation I have found that most entrepreneurs go through a tacking process similar to sailing a boat where they go from one extreme to another until they find a happy medium.

I too have found that taking a breather and giving yourself time to circulate amongst society is a good way to freshen your mind and expose yourself to other perspectives. It also puts you in a state of mind to be receptive to problem solving ideas.

Happy “Sailing”!


Someday I’d like to sail that boat. I’d also like to have some sex. Someday.


Way to go Zack, take that break and have fun, I had a minor break-down this Spring due to stress, it was tough to go through but I came out a better man, at least I would like to think that was the case. Have a good weekend.


so i made it here…

after reading all of your archives over the past few hours, the suspense was killing me.

i actually found your site by doing a comparison between godaddy and hostmonster.

anyways, get your mind straight, i look forward to what is coming.


Hey there,

I was following your blog last year and stopped reading once you stopped posting. I just remembered your blog and your story. What’s happening these days? I really want to know what’s going on.

Hope all is well.



Hello Everyone, thanks for the comments! I will be updating this blog very soon to fill you in on what’s been happening, so please stay tuned :).

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