You know that feeling when you’re simultaneously trying to master the art of the perfect pancake flip for breakfast while your phone bombards you with urgent messages on Slack?
Yeah, me too…
As a single dad who’s experiencing it all and someone who’s got the “World’s Okayest Dad” mug, I’ve cracked the code on balancing the chaos.
Ready to scale your business without dropping the family ball…then, this edition of Marketing Mayhem is for you.
Lesson 1: Visionaries Need A Gut Check
I’ve always been the visionary type.
The guy who wakes up at 4 a.m. to scribble down my million-dollar ideas in notebooks, excited to share them with anyone who’d listen.
Then came the project that was supposed to be my magnum opus.
Let’s call it “Project Best Seller.” I had a vision to disrupt the industry, change lives, and secure my kiddo’s college fund in one fell swoop. I was even rehearsing TED Talks in my head.
I got so excited, I threw myself into the project, fueled by pure, unadulterated vision, and everything started strong…
But then reality began to creep in and my budget started to look like my toddler’s attempt at finger painting—colorful but chaotic.
Turns out that vision without execution is a daydream.
Early on, I was so caught up in the big picture that I ignored the nuts and bolts of what was needed to sustain coaching a business.
And you know what?
Project Best Seller did eventually launch, albeit a scaled-down version.
It wasn’t the earth-shattering disruption I’d dreamed of, but it was successful in its own right, and most importantly, it was a huge turning point for me.
Being a visionary is glamorous. You’re the Steve Jobs in the garage, the Elon Musk shooting for Mars. But relying solely on your vision can be like letting your kid dictate the family diet—you’ll end up with ice cream for dinner and a stomachache later.
# 2 Burnout Isn’t a Badge of Honor
I was once the poster child for the “hustle culture.”
My life ran on a cocktail of caffeine and car naps, peppered with occasional winks of real sleep.
Forget the 9-to-5; I was in the relentless cycle of a 5-to-9.
I wore my exhaustion like a medal, ignoring the red flags: feelings of isolation, resentment toward management, and a growing list of missed deadlines and lost clients. My home life? Nonexistent, but who had time to notice? I was fueled by pure adrenaline.
Until my body said, “Enough.”
My body froze when I thought I could squeeze in a snack between clients. I couldn’t swallow or breathe, and my chest felt like it was imploding. After a violent bout of vomiting, I rushed to the hospital, scared out of my mind.
Turns out, my body, physically, was fine. But I had hit a wall: medical burnout.
It’s a strange concept to grasp, realizing your own body can’t take your pace anymore.
You can push yourself to the limits but remember: you are not invincible. The signs of burnout can be subtle and easily dismissed in the daily grind, but they accumulate.
When your body starts sending you red flags, listen.
Your business may be a marathon, but you won’t finish if you sprint the whole way and exhaust your reserves.
So take that break. Delegate that task. Spend time with your loved ones. Your business and, more importantly, your life will thank you for it.
Lesson 3: The Business of Divorce
Divorce—a word that still sends chills down my spine.
When my marriage ended, it wasn’t just my personal life that fractured; my entire worldview did.
While navigating lawyers and custody agreements, it hit me: the same principles that can make or break a business can make or break a family.
Amidst the chaos, a striking parallel emerged: My inability to balance work and family life was a significant factor in the breakdown of my marriage, just as a lopsided focus on one aspect of my business could lead to its downfall.
Over the last few years, I realized that the time, effort, and emotional intelligence required to maintain a marriage are akin to the elements necessary for running a successful business.
Don’t wait for a life-altering event like divorce to wake you up to what’s important. Take the time to invest not just in your business, but in your relationships. The harmony between the two can spell the difference between a life of regret and a life well-lived.
Wrapping It Up
To all the entrepreneurs reading this, don’t forget: while you’re busy building an empire, ensure you’re not neglecting the empire of ‘You.’
Chasing metrics, KPIs, and other figures is easy, but remember that your net worth does not achieve success and happiness. The quality of your relationships determines happiness, and, yes, even your well-being.
What relates to you the most? I’d love to hear from you.