These days a lot of people talk about authenticity… it’s a very hot topic. Anyone I talk to in business talks about being “authentic” but what people don’t think about is, authenticity isn’t pretty. Its not even just about being honest once you have ironed out your scrambled thoughts to present them to the world.
To me authenticity is kind of like this photo, it represents the days that don’t go at all like they were supposed to. Right now we had planned to be knee deep in gym design and building at our new fitness/fit tech facility in the city. We were supposed to be doing much cooler stuff than sorting out some silly tech issues.
As it happens we are still in our office at 4pm fixing our web servers, sorting out a WordPress issue and we are about to look into some cool equipment for the gym… the “cool equipment” conversation was meant to happen at 10am.
However, sometimes urgent things come up. Like when you web servers crash at the same time as one client is calling for a meeting another client is calling to have a chat about an upcoming project, staff need questions answered and you have only just got to eat lunch at 3pm.
The irony is, Skeeve and I are Futurists and we work with and research a lot of high tech devices and systems. Vit is a fitness professional turned entrepreneur and we all have multiple businesses and projects running, but something like our websites or WordPress or staff on the other side of the world can cause a whole day to be derailed.
Of course we have people who can fix some of this sort of stuff for us, but sometimes, like today, we have to do some of these things ourselves and we will still have to go to the gym and get into the building of things… which means another late night.
So no… this isn’t pretty, it’s not glamorous, but its the reality of running your own business. This isn’t me complaining, this is me just being real. Yesterday was an amazing day, we went and saw Simon Sinek, who I would sit and listen to for a week. Today, is also an amazing day, I get to do life and business with people I love for a cause I love, I get to empower people to do really cool stuff everyday, some days just “look” better than others.
I know days like today would frustrate a lot of people… and I understand that, normally I would be losing my mind right now. Today I’m choosing to be happy regardless.