It's been just over two weeks since my last post, and it's amazing how much can change in that time.
For the last two weeks, I've been working very hard on improving the physical presentation of my most important product: Me. In other words, I've been eating better, hitting the gym with a vengeance, and working on improving how I look, how I present myself and, by far the most crucial, how I feel.
On Sunday, March 13th, 2016, I decided that I was tired of feeling unshapely and uncomfortable with my body, and that I needed to do something about it or I needed to stop complaining (my next entry is likely to be called "Put up or shut up"). I had a rugby player workout plan kicking around that I had bought, a while back, but never got around to doing. Let's just say, it's a brutal beast, but I'm weeks into a six week programme, and the results, thus far, are incredible.
Something that often slips our minds, as we get caught up in the development of products and the building of companies/teams, is that, in many ways, we are product. We sell the fruits of our labours and, to a large extent, they should be a reflection of ourselves and the pride that we take in our efforts. That pride shouldn't be limited just to our achievements, but to the groups to whom we belong, to the things that we create, to the values, beliefs and ethics that we hold dear, and to our very selves.
In some ways, this sounds a bit too preachy for my liking, but the essence of the message is simple: Don't let your value suffer by trying to deliver or increase value in something else. Take care of yourself. Go for a walk and get away from the computer. Instead of eating that chocolate bar, try something healthier. It doesn't have to take a herculean effort, just some smart decisions and a bit of planning (which, as product people, I will hope that we've all got some ability to do). :)
At the end of the day, you've got to be happy with yourself. By making sure that you keep things in perspective and find the work/life balance, you increase your ability to produce, the quality of those productions and the quality of your life, as a whole. No one wins if you are exhausted or burn out. We don't talk about it much, as a group, but it's a very real issue, especially among entrepreneurs and builders/makers/product people.
Remember: You're the product. Put the same effort into you that you put into the things you create, and you'll quickly find that you can do more, sell more, build more and live more. And that can't be a bad thing.