I’m tired man.
I’ve been in Brazil for all of four days and I’m already exhausted. When I’m not bouncing through Sao Paulo from meeting to meeting, I’m answering emails or finding solutions to trivial complaints and questions. Some guy just asked me asking if it’s possible to change the the colors of Waze. What? Really? Would you change the colors of the American flag? Of course not you idiot. but alas, I couldn’t say that. So I thanked him for his idea and politely declined.
Right now I want to drop everything, go lay next to my girl, stare into her eyes and tell her how pretty she is until she tells me to stop being so cheesy. Right now I don’t want people to bother me. I want to be left to my books and my words. Read about what I write and write about what I read. But alas, I can’t.
After this week in Brazil I will be in Mexico, doing more of the same. This client needs love. This client needs to close, this sales manager is angry at me. Something always needs my attention and after a year of doing this I can finally say that I’m exhausted.
But I wouldn’t have it any other way.
Seth Godin is fond of saying that the reward for doing your work is more work. It may have taken me “26 years to find my path” but I feel truly lucky to be working on a product that I love and believe in. Furthermore I work with some of the smartest people I have been privileged to know. These experiences, these relationships, I will have with me for the rest of my life.
While it can get exhausting at times, it’s worth it. I believe in what we’re doing and I’m working hard to contribute to our overall mission and goal.I can only hope and pray that my work becomes more challenging and difficult, because that will mean that I’m growing and appropriating value to our vision.
I hope I never work on a project that does not exhaust me. That means I’m not giving enough. So while I have the opportunity to give, I’m going to keep giving, even if that means that sometimes I have to give someone advice on not pitching horrible ideas.