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Like the true red blooded male that I am, I was watching The Intern (incredible Anne Hathaway romcom) last night and the film started with this line. Now for me with the continuation of The Twenty Minute VC, working with Jason Lemkin @ SaaStr and joining Mattias and the team @ Atomico, the integration of love and work has never been more apparent. I have always said, 'I have never worked a day in my life and I do not intend to'. I love venture and this is not a job, this is who I am.
However, when reflecting on this it dawned upon me that I am the lucky one to be able to do what I love for a job, something I am always truly thankful for. Yet for the majority, this is not the case, so with the New Year coming, I urge you to listen to our dear friend Sigmund here, and make the necessary changes.
As Steve Jobs stated, 'if you wake up in the morning, look in the mirror and for a 3 months say, I am going to be doing something today that I really do not want to be doing, then quit'. Although this is very easy to say and very much harder to do, I urge you to utilise, what I call 'The Job Sanity Litmus Test'. It is one question you have to ask yourself, when times are hard at work and all seems pretty bleak, ask the question, 'although shit times, would I rather someone else was in my position doing my job?' If the answer is yes, quit, quit right now. If the answer, is 'man I need another mojito to think this through', stick it out. It will likely get better. If the answer is 'work is tough but my word, I would hate for someone else to be in my shoes', no change needed, ride it out.
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