Last week one of the students asked me whether or not I get bored running our company, being that we’ve been in business since 2006 and that entrepreneurs tend to have a lot of ideas. I thought this was a really good question. I answered that yes, I have gotten bored, but no I am not bored right now. To elaborate:
Yes, in the past I have gotten bored. It’s usually when I’m in between projects, or when I’m working on a project that is long and tedious (and well, boring). Sometimes projects that are necessary to scale a business aren’t very sexy.
I think the natural tendency of someone like myself is to then get excited about something. Of course I have a lot of ideas. The great thing about how we’ve structured our company is that I don’t need to go outside of our business to test out my ideas. I don’t need to hide it from my partners. As long as I got my work done, I was free to do projects like Music-Alerts and Z.ips.ME. And I’m more motivated to get boring work done when I’ve got something exciting to work on later in the day. It’s a good way to get the “bored” out of your system.
Heck, LockerPulse was born in some part because Tastefully Driven was on it’s way to being closed and I was, to some extent, simultaneously bored with what I was working on and excited about the idea. It just happened that my partners were really excited about the idea as well and it became more than a side project.
This inherent freedom is why I’ve never thought about leaving.
This hasn’t happened lately though. If I do get a business idea, I add it to a Google Doc that I have, and then I forget about it. I think it’s because I’m really excited about almost everything we’re doing right now. That boredom is nowhere to be found. Detailed Image is having a great year. We’ve done some exciting stuff, and we’ve got some exciting stuff in the pipeline. Hiring, training, company culture, and everything else that goes in to growing our team is a whole new challenge for me, one that I’m putting in a lot of effort to be good at. And LockerPulse is just full of potential. Great things have happened this year and we’re just scratching the surface with a site that I already extract great joy from simply as a user.