Stop Wearing "Busy" as a Badge of Honor

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In this episode, James talks about why he chose to become an entrepreneur.

Welcome back to be tob growth. This is going to be another bit of a different episode. I've been getting a ton of really positive feedback on the solo episodes that we've been doing for be tob growth. So today is going to be exactly that solo episode and it's as a result of a lunch appointment that I had today. I was meeting with someone here in Orlando and he was able to get on my calendar pretty quickly because I had some availability this week, partially because it's the holiday, partially with US bringing on Logan to start handling more the sales activity, and so I'm not having to do as much of that. All that to say, he asked me. He said, manny, I really appreciate being able to get on your on your calendar so quick like how, how busy are you these days? And I've been asked that a few different times and and I have a I think I have a pretty interesting take on how I feel about being busy. I did a...

...podcast episode, the very first podcast I ever did. I was called inspiring awesome, and I did it with my best friend Kenny, or tease, and we did an episode on this called stop wearing busy as a badge. That might actually be how I title this episode. I'm not sure yet, but this idea of measuring our success, measuring our worth based on how busy we are is is broken in my opinion, and especially as an entrepreneur who who's you know, goal for me in entrepreneurship, my my kind of North Star has always been freedom and flexibility. I didn't become an entrepreneur so I can get mega wealthy, although I think that will likely happen as a result of it, but that wasn't my motivation. My motivation was, you know, I don't have kids yet, but I want to be extremely present in in the life of my family. My Dad wasn't around growing up and and...

I want to be very present in my kids lives. I want to have ultimate flexibility and control over my calendar. I want to be able to do the things I want to do when I want to do them. And because that is my goal with entrepreneurship, I I don't measure the success of the business or my personal success on how busy I am. In fact, it's actually quite the opposite. I I I joke around all the time and say I'll measure the success of my life by the number of days I didn't wear socks or didn't have to wear socks, because I wear flip flops all the time and it's kind of a joke, but but I really do measure the success of my life based on my freedom to be able to choose to not have to wear socks or to choose to wake up till thousand and thirty, not wake up till thirty if I if I want to, to be able to choose to go to my future kids soccer game if I want to go to that instead of, you know, being tied up on calls all afternoon. Now, obviously, if you have massive ambition to build a billion dollar...

...enterprise, you know you need to work your face off. I'm a huge fan of Gary V and Gary V has massive ambition and so he works a lot. He is constantly staying busy and and that aligns to his ultimate goal. That is not my goal, and I would argue that a lot of folks listening to this don't necessarily have, you know, ambitions to buy a major sports franchise or to achieve that kind of wealth and and if and if that is you, then I think it's a powerful thing to think about, to say, am I using my busyness to measure my worth or to measure my success? And so the way I think about it, and a big part of bringing Logan on to the team was so that I could alleviate a lot of the time that I'm currently spending doing sales calls, doing be to be growth interviews and and outsourcing that, putting that on the plate of somebody else, so that I now have even more freedom. And so look at...

Your Day, look at how you're spending your day. We obviously want to we want to hustle hard, we want to work hard, if we want to if we want to achieve, you know, financial freedom. That doesn't come independent of working really hard. But I think this this idea of not wearing busy as a badge and not not bragging about how busy we are, instead bragging about how how passionate we are about the work that we get to do and and doing that work in a really smart way. And I've said also, you know, it's not a matter of work smart or not harder. I think in a lot of cases you have to do both. You have to work smart and you have to work hard. But I don't necessarily think that that means that you have to be busy all the time. And so, you know, one benefit of not being busy, of having, you know, some flexibility with my calendars, I get to do last minute lunches with this guy, Andrew, that I got to meet with today. have to develop a really cool relationship with him today, deep in our friendship.

He was at kind of an acquaintance and and he's turning into a to a friend and up. You know, could we have met up, you know, three weeks or four weeks from now? Sure we could have. But had a really great lunch with him today and I got joy out of that today because I've got flexibility in my schedule and I'm not constantly trying to make myself busy a hundred percent of the time. I give myself that freedom and flexibility. This advice obviously isn't for everybody. If you want to build, you know, a billion dollar company, if you're likely going to have to pretty much be busy all the time. But I want to have a comfortable lifestyle, I want to be able to give generously to the things that I care about and I want to be really, really present with my friends and family. And so because of that, I'm optimizing my life for freedom and flexibility inside of entrepreneurship. That's that's my game, that's my end game. And so so I try not to be busy. So when people ask me that I came and are you staying busy, my response is often well,...

I'm you know, I'm trying not to because my goal is is freedom and flexibility. So just a little bit different take on busyness and and and so wanted to share that with you a hope. Hope it is valuable for you. Would love to engage with you out of if we're not already connected, on Linkedin. Find Me James CARBERRY SEAR B ry. I would love to stay connected with you on Linkedin. I'm trying to put out more and more content on linked in particular with Logan coming on board, giving me more time to create more thoughtful content there. Connect with me on Instagram, twitter. Shoot me an email, James, that sweetfish Mediacom. I love hearing from folks that are getting value out of the show. It brings me a great deal of joy to hear from you. So thank you so much for tuning into this little mini solo episode today. Hope you have a fantastic fourth of July. Today. If you are in the states, you're celebrating fourth of July on on the on the day that you're listening to this when it...

...goes live on Wednesday July fourth, having fantastic holiday and I hope you have a great rest of your week. Thanks a lot.

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