Randi Zuckerberg tweeted in 2011 about the entrepreneur’s dilemma. Her formula: balance between maintaining friendships, building a great company, spending time w/family, staying fit and getting sleep. That tweet from Mark Zuckerberg’s sibling inspired a large portion of the conversations of today.
According to Randi, if you want to see your kids, be fit and keep your business running, you can’t get enough sleep, and friends to get time either. If you choose to keep your business running, spend time with your friends and your family, then you won’t be able to stay fit and you for sure are not going to get enough sleep.
Spend a lot of time with friends and hang around to see movies, enjoy a good night sleep and exercise, then for sure you’re gonna have a hard time starting up a business or keeping one running.
If you care more about your startup than all else, remember that there will be sacrifices, sometimes sacrifices that even involved family break-ups.
This sounds harsh, but it’s a reality that has sparked conversations throughout the internet for years. In order to succeed, it’s about picking the right three.
Not everyone agrees
Although Zuckerberg’s formula has sparked conversations and discussions, there are entrepreneurs that don’t agree to this. Heinemeier Hansson, co-founder, and CTO of Basecamp says that he can do all the work that needs to be done in 40 hours a week, leaving enough time for exercise, family, friends and anything else that’s left.
What’s your opinion? Do you think that lifestyles can be balanced only around 3 options? or do you think that Hansson is right, and if you plan things ahead you can get enough time for everyone?