Sunday, 3:37 PM
I didn't want to admit it… but it's in my genes.
Everybody on one side of my family was an alcoholic.
And that always scared me because they say addiction/alcoholism is hereditary.
I thought I got lucky and that gene bypassed me… but I was wrong.
Allow me to elaborate:
I've been an entrepreneur for so long now I don't even really understand how the "sheeple" live.
Sometimes when I'm totally absorbed in a new project, working for hours and days almost non-stop, I often ask myself, "I wonder what the 'normal' people are doing right now?"
I just don't get the mindset that says, "It's 5:00 PM. Wo hoo! Quitting time."
I don't get it because…
I NEVER stop working!
I always have my antennae up looking for opportunities. I simply CAN'T shut it off.
I'm constantly thinking about…
… My own businesses…
… New markets and niches…
… New project and product ideas…
… The very small number of carefully hand-selected clients I occasionally work with…
… My Inner Circle members…
… My Marketing Junkies members…
… And more recently, the people who have invested in my Kitchen Table Business program.
I'm really excited about some new things I'm working on for 2011… so I've been working a lot recently.
More than I care to, actually.
Some days it's been 7:00 AM until 12:00 midnight… with 30 minutes cut out of those 17-hour days for guitar practice… and a few other 30-minute segments for meals, reading, etc.
Like I said, it's a lot more than I usually work… but I'm really excited about what I'm doing.
And quite frankly, I've been a little fatigued lately… and some days in a LOT of pain. (Those old bodybuilding injuries are catching up to me.)
So this weekend was supposed to be my "veg out and do nothing" time.
But I simply can't shut off my mind. I'm constantly thinking of ways to help you make more money and enjoy a better life.
Here's what I've done so far today on my "relax and get away from work" weekend:
Chiqui Rikki (the Shih-tzu) woke me up at 6:30 AM. (Donner the Doberman likes to sleep late, like me… but Chiqui won't let us.)
So at "0-dark:30" AM I had to get out of bed and let Chiqui outside. After that I went back to bed and read a little while.
Guess what I read…
Marketing & Copywriting Stuff!
And that led to an idea about how to generate a big chunk of cash really quickly. So I sat done in front of the machine I said I was going to stay far, far away from this weekend… and started writing copy for my new idea.
The research for this new project idea led me to another idea that could help one of my KTB clients make a LOT of money. So I made a copy of that highly valuable info/swipe file and e-mailed it off to him.
After that I wrote out some hand written letters on monarch stationary (like I described here) to a few business contacts and DD.com customers.
Then it was back to work on my recently inspired copy for this new "big bucks" project.
I did a "brain dump" and quickly wrote out all the hot moneymaking ideas swirling around my head.
As I was extracting the very last "gold nugget"…a breakthrough idea for one of my new Inner Circle members popped into my spongy gray matter.
So I opened another new "brain dump" document and started excitedly tapping away at the keyboard, mining some more marketing gems from my noggin. (Just ONE of these gems is going to make my new Inner Circle member a small fortune.)
All the while, the Colombiana has been waiting for over three hours for me to go Christmas shopping with her… but I simply can NOT stop.
I'm telling ya…
It's An Addiction!
I'm a true marketing junkie.
The Colombiana is used to it… and amazingly tolerant of it MOST of the time. (I guess she enjoys the benefits.)
But I have to be honest with you… I really do need a break from this addiction.
I've even tried using chemical substances to relax and slow down the thoughts and ideas constantly spinning around in my mind. My chemical substance of choice is a tonic known as a "Long Island Ice Tea."
It has been known to knock lesser mortals on their big ole booties… but all it ever does for me is…
Generate MORE ideas
swirling around in my melon!
So I have a dilemma, albeit a GOOD dilemma.
I simply don't know how to turn off the entrepreneurial/moneymaking thoughts.
And here I am AGAIN… in front of the computer composing this message for YOU… while the Colombiana stands behind me, hands on hips, waiting for me to go Christmas shopping.
Hey, don't get me wrong. I really like what I do.
I mean, when I say I "worked" a 17-hour day it doesn't even feel like work to me. It's more like 17 hours of excitement and new discoveries.
But let's be honest…
There comes a time when you simply HAVE to rest, relax, recharge your batteries… and truly get away from it.
Frankly, I've never done a very good job of that.
So I need to ask you for a favor.
If you have any tips, tricks or secrets to help an entrepreneur rest and relax… and get his mind away from constantly thinking about new ideas and projects… I'm all ears.
Please take a couple minutes and share them in the comments box below.
Even though my mind is racing with breakthrough ideas on my "day off"… and I could spend at least another 4 hours typing away… I'm off to fight the crowds and do some Christmas shopping.
When I get back, I can't wait to hear any ideas you have to help me relax and put the Doberman Dan "idea machine" in neutral for a few days.
I could really use the rest.
P.S. If you've ever considered applying for membership in my Inner Circle… you better do it soon. On January 1st, the monthly membership is going to DOUBLE. Get in now and you'll be locked in for life at the lower price.
P.P.S. I honestly don't know if I'll be doing another post before Christmas. In case I don't, let me take this opportunity to wish you a Merry Christmas, Happy Hanukkah, Kwanzaa, Festivus… or whatever holiday you happen to celebrate.
Hey, here's an idea for ya:
Like my friend, Markus Allen says… why don't you treat yourself and your family well EVERY day… instead of using some holiday as an excuse to do it only once or twice a year.
I think that makes a lot more sense.