When it comes to work, you need to draw a line in the sand.
You need to have the courage to say, you can have this, this and this but you can’t under any circumstances have anything behind this line.
The individual that doesn’t know when enough is enough is the individual that ends up losing everything. And, many times, the individual that ends up losing everything is the individual that never took the time to draw a line in the sand.
I’m willing to build this million dollar business, but I’m not willing to live everyday on just four hours of sleep.
I’m willing to hunt down this promotion, but I’m not willing to sacrifice being a good husband and a good father.
I’m willing to give everything to this company, but I’m not willing to be taken advantage of.
Startup and business culture has us believe that in order to get what we want we have to be willing to risk it all — health, money, family, happiness, ethics, etc.
That’s bullshit. There are multiple paths to whatever it is you want. You’re just not seeing them right now. Drawing a line in the sand has a way of opening your eyes up to other avenues.
Grab a stick and mark off where your work cannot go — draw a line in the sand.
By Cole Schafer.