My dear friend and the CEO of the Unreasonable Institute, Teju Ravilochan, has often times told a story of Gandhi. Reportedly, a Western journalist once asked, “Mr. Gandhi, you have been working fifteen hours a day for fifty years. Don’t you think you should take a vacation?” Gandhi smiled and replied, “I am always on vacation.”

Being an entrepreneur isn’t about sacrifice, it’s about indulgence. Tweet This Quote

This post is a reflection on this quote and on a conversation I shared with another dear friend of mine and serial Unreasonable Mentor, Pascal Finette.

Several years ago at the SOCAP conference in San Francisco, I had the privilege of sitting down and interviewing Pascal. In the interview, I asked Pascal how he, as a serial entrepreneur and innovator who works around the clock, thinks about the notion of sacrifice.

The question for me was brewing out of a realization that so many entrepreneurs lose friendships, romantic relationships, sleep, money, their reputations, and spending time with those they love most because of how much they obsess over their companies and the problems they are striving to solve with their teams.

If your work feels like sacrifice, you should question everything. Tweet This Quote

At the time, I was also reflecting on a personal decision that I made sophomore year of my undergraduate career. I decided I wasn’t going to ski anymore (takes too much time to spend a full day on the mountain), I wasn’t going to seriously date anyone (takes too much time to have a significant other in your life), and I committed to investing not only every penny I had (liquidated my Roth IRA) but also investing money I didn’t have (I quickly became roughly 400k in debt). It felt like all this could be categorized as sacrifices made towards living a startup life.

When I asked Pascal how he thinks about sacrifice and entrepreneurship, I thought he would agree with the basic assumption that a startup life was filled with sacrifices. Instead, he looked at me for a moment with a blank stare, and then responded in a way I wasn’t expecting.

If your work feels like indulgence, then dive in and give it all you have. Tweet This Quote

He told me I had it all wrong—being an entrepreneur wasn’t about sacrifice, it was about indulgence. It was about diving into the deep end of what you are most passionate about and giving your full self to it. Yes, this was at the mitigation of other things in your life, but it was because you believed so desperately in what you were doing and you loved the work so much.

It could be argued that sacrifice and indulgence are two sides of the same coin. What I’ve learned, though, is if your work feels like sacrifice, you should question everything. If it feels like indulgence, like you believe in what you are doing as much as anything else, then dive into the deep end and give it all you have. Just don’t forget to sharpen your axe along the way.

A version of this post originally published on on January 21, 2014. It has been updated and reposted to inspire further conversation.

About the author

Daniel Epstein

Daniel Epstein

Daniel has an obsession. He believes to his core in the potential of entrepreneurship to solve the greatest challenges of this century and he has dedicated his life accordingly. Today, he is the founder of the Unreasonable Group, of the Unreasonable Institute and a number of other "Unreasonable" companies.

  • TallPaul14

    Daniel, this is a great line to really dwell on and think about. It goes along with many similar ideas that “work should be fun”, but for entrepreneurs, it’s a completely different world. Using the analogy of the deep end really puts this into perspective for me, and allows me to reevaluate how I might be a more effective entrepreneur. I completely agree that work shouldn’t be considered a sacrifice, otherwise you’re not being the best you can be.

  • Guest

    great article!

  • Shih Chi Tseng

    It is true when people indulgence in something they really like. They will not think they sacrifice anything from themselves. I think that people will think it is worth for them to spend time on it. However, I think it is only suitable when people live by themselves. If someone has family, it is really hard for them to indulgence in something they like. This is because they need to take care their families.

  • lamt5

    Earlier today I read an article that was published on Business Insider titled, “Why you need to go a head and ditch the mantra ‘Do What You Love'” (the link to the article is below). After reading Daniel’s post, you can imagine the contradictions going off in my head. Is this post by the Unreasonable Institute truly unreasonable to accept or something we should internalize?

  • Claudya Febriani

    Nice emphasis that being an entrepreneur is about an indulgence, not a sacrifice. Always think that you do the work because you love and have passionate in it, not because you are forced to in order to make a living out of it.

  • Michelle Spruch

    Thanks for the fresh perspective on entrepreneurship! I completely agree that “if your work feels like sacrifice, you should question everything”. I also think that statement is relevant to most everything in life (replace “work” with college major, relationship, extracurricular activities, etc.).

  • great question! I think that both posts are right. I think that the Business Insider post is highlighting the reality that for billions of people today, we don’t have a choice around the type of work we want to dedicate our lives to. In this sense, having the ability to chose the type of work you want and the nature of your work is a real privilege and if you find yourself in this situation, you are among the lucky few. That said, if you are lucky enough to be able to chose your career, then I strongly encourage chasing work that you align with and desperately believe in.

  • Totally agree! It’s all about where you are at in life and what other priorities you have. When I really dove deep into startups, I was at a stage where I had no other obligations or desires beyond my work, friends, and family. Today, my priorities are starting to shift and I’m taking more time off, going on more adventures, and exploring more aspects of life outside of work. To this end, “balance” is contextual both to the individual and the time in their life (i.e. it changes as we mature, get older, and prioritize different things). I’m writing a separate post on this / will get it out in the weeks to come. Thanks for this insight @tsengs:disqus

  • This is a really good insight + I agree with a lot of what you are saying. It’s all about context. When I gave up relationships, skiing, personal funds, and for that matter sleep… it was because the startups I was working on I believed in so much, I wanted to spend every waking second on them. That said, it has been 8 years now since I made those decisions and today I’m getting back into rock-climbing, exploring relationships, and slowly but surely working my way out of a financially leveraged lifestyle. I think these things ebb-and-flow throughout life and that you just have to listen to your gut and where your heart really lies. Great points though!

  • Rebecca Kahler

    We always hear mentors emphasize that you have to love what you do if you want to have a happy career, and understanding this difference is nuanced in the concept discussed in this article: indulgence vs. sacrifice. I think this is also demonstrates the importance of self-reflection in life. If we take the time to reflect on how are careers and businesses are not only impacting others, but ourselves, we have a much better chance of making informed decisions when guiding the direction of these businesses.

  • SamanthaSesnon

    I definitely agree with the idea that you should love what you do, but I am also on the side of having a work life balance. I had a dad who was an entrepreneur and a mom who was constantly at work running a non profit. Both were extremely passionate about what they were doing in their professional lives, but I, the child, was also left with different relatives and babysitters quite often.
    I think, before you take the dive, to look at who will be directly and indirectly impacted by this dedication and commitment. it could be your parents, significant other, child or children, great friendships, and many other different things. I think the cliche of “Look before you leap” definitely applies here.

  • awatwa

    Life is full of difficult decisions. Often time we trade off one for the other, just like entrepreneurs trade off their friendships, relationship, sleep, money and reputation for things they love to do. However, does that means it is the only way for entrepreneurs to be successful? are people that catering their friendships, spending time with the one they love, having enough sleep so they could stay sharp during the day, well financing themselves so they could live quality life, and capable of maintaining their reputation while doing business are less likely to be successful? Life is not only about ourselves, it involves people in our lives as well; and therefore it comes great responsibility. A successful entrepreneur neither needs to be sacrifice, nor indulge him/herself. Instead, they should be able to balance their life with all kinds of elements, such as love, family, responsibility, dream, passion, and even vacation. For those who abandoned their friends and love, I doubt they could ever create anything beautiful – just my opinion

  • natebbeard

    Two things come to mind:
    You have highlighted a great and simple way to test the waters while in search of passion and work. After trying something new, such as learning python last semester, I try to check which side of the indulgence/sacrifice coin I’m on by testing my emotions and energy after I do it. Right after I would spend 3 hours at the computer, how did I feel? After 3 months, do I feel accomplished, energized, and full or passion and ready for another 3 months? Compared to other things, I quickly knew that I was diving into the wrong deep end, and it felt like sacrifice.

    On another note, the choice people see between sacrifice or indulgence might not be an “either-or” one when finding meaningful work in the long run. That murky area somewhere between “doing what you love” (Biz Insider, thanks @lamt5:disqus) passion, work, Jim Collins’ hedgehog concept, and Reid Hoffman’s competitive advantage, is usually that area where you find the equilibrium.
    I don’t do as well with balance as others, or maybe I just don’t want it at this time in life. So I can relate to dropping certain social choices and activities disguised as sacrifices in order to dive into my passion, which feels weird at first, but the deeper I get, the happier I am. It’s a different kind of happy though – a more sustainable, long-lasting type.
    There’s an interesting and complex heroism associated with entrepreneurism that our US society celebrates, and for good reason. Someone needs to take life in their own hands and fix these huge problems, hopefully utilizing the power of the market. But it’s not the type of sacrificial “with-great-power-comes-great-responsibility” choice. That’s why I really appreciate your post, Daniel. It’s a calculated, passionate choice that might seem like you’re sacrificing something at the time, but you’re really just doing what you really love more of the time… there’s only 24 hours in a day 🙂

  • kabbasuf

    I agree that doing what one is passionate about does not feel like sacrifice, because you literally give it your all. It has been said that it is only work, if you don’t like what you do.
    But, I disagree that just because one may love what they do, doesn’t mean there’s no sacrifice. That bottom line is that when you spend many hours a day (15 like Gandhi) it has to be at the expense of something else. If you are married, you may not miss your other half because your are giving your passion your all, but that doesn’t mean the other half sees it that way. It would still be sacrifice to them, and in the end to you (lest you lose them).
    Ultimately, we have to make time for other important things in our lives. Find sometime for balance if you will. Gandhi had an obligation to his family at the very least (assuming he had children). The time spent away from them would have definitely affected them negatively whether or not he himself saw it that way.

  • Sajwanih

    Wonderful observation about sacrifice and indulgence being opposite sides of the same coin. Kind of seems to fall in line a lot with the economic concept of opportunity cost. I think this can easily be applied to the HR and culture of so many big businesses these days. There is such a glut of phony culture and value talk these days that don’t actually make good on the promise to bring people together under one cause. People do need to feel that their work is a worthy cause, or why would they desire to maximize their potential within it? This is the essence of why traditional management styles have failed so heartily and continue to do so. We can learn from looking at the example of tech companies that creativity and fun can very well go hand in hand with work, and that cracking a whip is going to do just the opposite of that. The keen leader sees an opportunity in all people, just as the entrepreneur sees opportunity in all ventures.

  • Cassie135

    Great article! I agree that if you are going to “give up everything” in order to go after your passion and start your own business, then you better love what you are doing and feel like you are “indulging yourself”. Otherwise, I don’t think it is worth it. It is a great question to ask before you go all in.

  • IndartoEpriladinata

    I try to be passionate with my work, although sometimes I feel bored with it. In
    addition, the article reminds me to the advice, which says that people should
    love and enjoy their job, then you will see the result after all. Thanks for
    the article!

  • greatelk

    I feel like I really want to believe and live this, but it also sounds a bit too romantic for me. Sure, it’s great to enjoy what you do and indulge yourself in things that you’re passionate about, but then you might set yourself in a bubble. What about all the other things you can experience in life if you were to take a vacation (needed or not)?

    But overall, great read. I enjoyed it!

  • caoam

    I agree with this article. Among successful entrepreneurs, i think one of the main reason for their success is that they all first start with passion about their jobs.

  • Brian Tanudjaja

    Another nice article. One famous quotes from Confucius says, “Find a job you love and you will never have to work a day in your life.” When you find a job that you are passionate about; a job that you can enjoy every minute of it, then you will feel like you are playing instead of working. However, in reality, many of us will not work on something that we have passion about. Many of us will work on a job for the sake of making money and paying up bills. But we should not give up on the search of finding a job that we love. With perseverance and patience, we will eventually be able to find a job that we love. Don’t let your life begins when your work ends; make your work a part of your happy life.

  • I think one big point is this: Being fulfilled & joyful in your work and doing something you truly believe in is another really important thing to model for your family & friends. It demonstrates the possibilities.

    When I started my own business I had two little girls. I worked a lot, but I took them with me a lot too. Anytime we could make a family trip out of a book signing we did, many times I had one or both daughters with me at the bookstore as I worked and they played in the children’s section. It was a lot of work, but it also allowed me the freedom that a 9-5 job never would have. Yes, I worked sometimes at 5am, making edits to my manuscript before breakfast, but I know they saw how rewarding my work is to me and even though they rolled their eyes at me when I would get excited talking about some new project, I know they are proud of what I’ve accomplished.

  • I have always been a firm believer in the saying, “do what you love and love what you do.” Work life balance is very important, because your mood from each side spills over into both pieces of your life. As much as I’d love to say that everyone can leave the drama from home at home and be professional while at work, that is not always the case. The same goes for work, if you’ve had a bad day at work it carries over to your home life. If you love your work and your life you are very lucky and set up for great success!

  • bmdillon

    This is a nice perspective to have in the land of startups, Seattle. From the outside, all we see is the sacrifice, and it can be easy to find. I love the idea of indulgence; it makes the process of starting a business more human in the sense that you aren’t trying to abandon everything but instead pursue a passion.

  • hanzimm23

    I love the different perspectives on
    entrepreneurship because I know when I think of starting my own business I
    think of a lot of negative aspects like sacrificing sleep, relationships,
    vacations, and money. But I love this different look at entrepreneurship,
    “being an entrepreneur isn’t about sacrifice, it’s about
    indulgence,” like who wouldn’t want to indulge their selves. Additionally,
    this gives me another outlook on entrepreneurship and why it is appealing even
    though as an outsider it seems like a very intimidating process. I feel like
    entrepreneurship is about finding something you love to do and exploiting it
    because if you don’t love what you are doing you are going to need a lot of
    vacation days.. Ghandi must have really loved what he did to work for fifty
    years with no vacation days. I hope one day I can say the same about the work I
    do but of course I will still have vacation days. I just want to have the same
    mantra as Ghandi.(:

  • cordierm

    this is a really great topic especially as so much of America finds itself worked to the bone. Immersing yourself in what you do and developing passion makes sense as work just becomes another integral part of your life instead of a depressing chunk of the day

  • Stephen Chandra Owen

    Wow, I did not know that Gandhi worked for fifteen years and never took a vacation. The best part is when he said,“I am always on vacation.” Gandhi has proven a point that when someone is indulge in their works, they produce higher quality products and became more successful.

  • susantok

    Daniel, you have a very good point and I totally agree with you. Gandhi is one of famous leaders in the world and Gandhi would do anything to help his own people. He did not only enjoy what he did, he also have passion in it. His passion in helping people made his job enjoyable and thus he did not need any vacations. We should be like Gandhi and enjoy our works.

  • hem1

    I’ve actually thought a lot about this in my past four years of my undergraduate university career. Out of college, I would love to find a job that I genuinely enjoy doing and could earn a living from. That would be the dream. But at the same time, just from my experiences with people, I realized that doing that isn’t always possible. So my goal right now is to find something I have passion in and go towards that direction. At first, I may not land my ideal job/or a job that I completely enjoy going through with but it doesn’t mean I won’t later on. Great article Daniel.

  • layj

    Business minded people usually paid too much attention obsessing about their job and forget to love their own life. Not uncommon and not unreasonable I’ve got to admit, business paid the bills. Sometimes sacrifices for our business are actually OK, as long as it is reasonable. But sacrificing ski just because it takes too much time? now that’s not OK – not just for the physical body but also for the mind. When you are sacrificing your hobbies and interests to have more time for work, just like Daniel said, you should probably question it. We all need to have a balance between work and life. It may not be easy to determine the equilibrium point at first, but be sure to realize so as time goes by. To love what you do is one of the key success of being an entrepreneur!

  • chrinsmas

    This is another great insiprational article from you, Daniel! Yes, not only for entrepreneur, but most of us can tell if we enjoy working or not. We may feel either indulgent or sacrificed depends on how we feel about the work. Before talking about instuition, I wondered if the different perspectives, attitude or efforts toward to work could change how we see/feel about work. (e.g. someone did not enjoy working at the certain field, but he had some positive attitude and energy that might change his feeling about the work, from sacrified to indulgent.) Before turning around because instuition tells me that I sacrifice for work, I’d like to change my perspective first.

  • Samantha Tran

    Sometimes it is easy to forget that we will spend a majority of our life working, and it is much more enjoyable when you see it as more than just as a means to an end. Thanks Daniel for the important reminder!

  • Jane Park

    One’s attitude matters so much in how he/she approaches anything, really, and looking at things as either sacrifices or as indulgences would dramatically help to change one’s outlook on things. I think that those who consider their endeavors as indulgences as opposed to sacrifices are probably more satisfied with their jobs/ their lives overall!
    PS- Daniel, I’m glad you find an indulgence for you because I’ve thoroughly enjoyed being a part of the community so far!

  • Anthony Putra

    I believe that this article can be summarized in one sentence: find what you enjoy doing, and you will not have to work a single day in your life. I have also read somewhere that we should not separate work and play, and instead try putting it together.

  • milburnkatie

    Many people assume that their “life is over” if they decide to pursue their dreams as an entrepreneur, but I think this article is a nice reminder to think abut what you’re actually passionate about. If you are passionate enough it should not be about “not having a life” but being immersed in something you are truly excited to be doing. I have a friend who refused to continue dating a guy because he was working on opening his own business and she assumed he wouldn’t have time for her. This is probably true, but I think if the man was happy enough with his job then he probably would have been incredibly pleasant to be around and successful in the long run.

  • anp042

    The question of whether some things are worth sacrificing for pops up into my head. It’s great to feel like your indulging in you work, but some things are desired by people so bad, that it’s clearly worth it to make the sacrifices.

  • hanj5

    Finding something that’ll be indulgent while making a living is harder said than done. Nevertheless, we should all continue to strive for it.

  • Liemd

    It all starts with the right mind and attitude. If we have positive aspect of everything we do in mind, what we do become something positive as well, and vice versa. Of course, not to forget that passion is also important.

  • mcniffm

    I would totally agree that being an entrepreneur means that you have to sacrifice a lot of things to get to your ultimate goal however, when you accomplish those goals it would feel indulgence. Also, putting everything of you into a project could be considered indulging into that project. Interesting to think about both views of being an entrepreneur.

  • nornesa

    There is merit in what the author is talking about in
    the post. If you love what you do and
    feel energized by the work, then for entrepreneurs their life spent pursuing
    their dreams with conviction, integrity and passion is a life well spent. Life forces decisions and some can choose to
    view these decisions as a form of sacrifice while others view decisions as future

  • ignatius epriladinata

    It’s really a great
    article, but somehow I can’t totally agree with this statement when it is said
    “If your work feels like sacrifice… and give it
    all you have.” I would totally agree when it is said if your work feels like
    sacrifice you should question everything. Because when you feel your work is
    like a sacrifice, it means that you don’t really love your work and if you
    don’t really love your work, I believe you will not take care of it as it is
    the work that you love. In contrary, I couldn’t stand with this statement when
    it is said “if it is like indulgence, then dive into the deep end and give it
    all you have.” This statement makes me wonder is it worthy to indulge something
    like your work and give up your family and your relationship. For me
    personally, I would not because I think relationship and family is much more
    precious than your work or your job. In overall, I would say you have to love
    your work no matter what because it would affect your attitude toward your work
    if you love what you do, but don’t get too focus on your work up to the point
    where you are giving up your relationship and family.

  • jsuuu

    I love the author’s analyze of entrepreneurship and the balance of life. I often agreed with the author’s primal opinion about allocation of time and money that you have to give up something in order to gain more of the other thing. but after scanning this article, i realize the fact about sacrifice and indulgence of the entrepreneurship or even our life. If you are doing something that you feel like you are sacrificing your time, your money, your friendship or your family, then stop and rethink about everything. you may want to give up and look for something else important that you enjoy to do. “entrepreneurship” isn’t about sacrifice, that is why Mr. Gandhi who have been working 15 hours per day for 15 years but still think that he is taking a vacation everyday because he love his job!

  • nvuong

    Diving into the deep end can be scary, though. I was in basic agreement with the author, but I can see how entrepreneurship could be about indulgence, as opposed to sacrifice. It would seem to me to actually be a balance of the both, just like the rest of life.

  • tayler_schroeder

    I love this because I feel as if you can never really achieve success unless you like what you are doing. If you follow your passions, success will follow you. Above all, be true to yourself, and if you can’t put your heart in it, take yourself out of it.

  • ohtanim

    It is really neat that you point out the concept of entrepreneurship being a two-sided coin: sacrifice and indulgence. I think in any challenge we face, in any situation where effort and time are inputs we automatically assume that this is a sacrifice. We are sacrificing the things the we love to do, or the time spend doing other things. However, when working toward solving a problem, towards something you are truly passionate about, those sacrifices are more like little steps towards achieving your goals. And once your goals are achieved.. well then indulging in the satisfaction of the problems you continue to solve are the little victories that make the sacrifices seem like nothing.

  • nguye107

    I agree with you that what we give up for our work can be
    sacrifice or indulgence. It’s all about perspective. As long as we are
    passionate about our work because that means so much to us, whatever we give up
    (either sacrifice or indulgence in our own perspective) is worth it.

  • Alex Szlamas

    I don’t think the concepts of indulgence and sacrifice are two-sides of the
    same coin. But like anything in life, one most exercise moderation or self-restraint in action: temperance. Too must indulgence will eat you alive just as too much sacrifice may leave you empty. I do not wish to sound dismissive of your post, but how to have authenticity in (an entrepreneurial) life is a far deeper question than what it is being suggested.

  • Sara Sanchez

    This is a reminder to all entrepreneurs. If someone are spending your time on a start-up that they do not have a passion for, the start-up is more likely to fail. With that passion, an entrepreneur will be willing to go forward and spend all of their resources to making that idea a reality.

  • goanthony

    I do a agree with the terms of enjoying what you do for life. Three other things that might also be important for us in achieving what we want is to have a commitment, consistency and persistency.

  • Hairong Zheng

    Thank you for the posting! I like the thought that consider diving into what we are most passionate about, and make it a career. Of course, I want to have my future like that; however, I think I am in a sad situation that I am learning the major which is useful but not favorable to me, and it has been too late to change my major already. I feel like that I have lost my way… Maybe my only chance is to study for what I loved after my 30s, hopefully…….

  • Kirby Gilliam

    Hi Hairong Zheng, your comment speaks to me! I realized my junior year of undergraduate school that I didn’t want to go to medical school and become a doctor anymore. I realized, it wasn’t medicine I was attracted to, but rather helping people! But as you are describing, it was too late to change my major from Neuroscience.. and I PANICKED! What could I possibly do with neuroscience if I wasn’t going to be a doctor?! What time I had been wasting!

    But I also realized, there are so many things about neuroscience that do fascinate me and would I really have chosen to not study the brain had I known from the start I wasn’t to become a doctor? I began to embrace my major but find opportunities in other subjects as well. For instance, neuroscience has use in marketing so I completed an internship at an internet marketing and web design company. I also got involved in things unrelated to neuroscience, like volunteer work and art classes.

    My point is, you don’t have to wait to study what you love! And you don’t have to be majoring in something to study it! I hope you find your way and find what you love! Good luck!

  • omholtj

    Great article! So often we think that sacrifices and indulgences are opposites, but this shows that sometimes a sacrifice can be an indulgence. This article is especially useful to going people who are trying to figure out what kind of work ethic they want and how they want to balance their work and personal life. It’s a very powerful idea that working as an entrepreneur or other demanding occupation can be an indulgence rather than a sacrifice if it is something you truly love and are passionate about.

  • Dinglin Wu

    It all starts with the right mind and attitude. If we have positive aspect of everything we do in mind, what we do become something positive as well, and vice versa. Of course, not to forget that passion is also important.

  • duongh1

    I think it is true. People who are passionate about their jobs put more efforts than normal people in the jobs they love. People who are not that interested in what they are doing are certainly more passionate about their vacation.

  • nguyenb7

    this concern has been been on my mind for quite a bit of time. Because I know that if you do something you love, then it’s no longer work. However, I recently read another article that mocks the idea of “do what you love, love what you do” since there’s no such thing. I would agree with the idea of making sense of what you do, but in oder to love it and think of its as something I voluntarily will to do, I don’t think that’s possible

  • jrmsmlbg

    Sacrifice and indulgence, great sides to the coin where we can figure out to question everything or dive into the deep end. All about the commitment and passion for what you do, to realize you enjoy it.

  • Alexanderia Horton

    I love this idea! It goes back to the old saying of doing what you love and you’ll never have to work a day in your life. I definitely think there are sacrifices that need to be made though as an entrepreneur. You may sacrifice a night out to get a spreadsheet done that results in a great investor for example. But what is important is that your life is not full of sacrifice. Great job!

  • Keiichi

    If you are really passionate with something as a new business, time that you use for the business are not sacrifice. Our life is only one time, so we have to find something that really passionate and need to spend a lot of time for achieving their dream.

  • mollymorrisey

    This reminds me of the quote, “If you love what you do, you’ll never work a day in your life.” It’s true. There are always sacrifices to be made, but those sacrifices are much less if you’re making them for something you love.

  • Sammaritano

    Taking a passion and making money off of it is the ideal way to pursue a life-career. Yet, would it be unreasonable to say that time away from work can leave one feeling refreshed with possibly a new perspective on the work in which you return to?

  • Lindsay Burke

    I really enjoyed this flip-of-the-coin mentality of entrepreneurship. When people think of starting there own business, they always associate it with non stop work that isn’t always fun. I completely agree with the idea that if you are not loving what you do, and work is not indulging yourself, then you may not be in the right field of work. The time that it takes to make your ideas a reality shouldn’t be a sacrifice, but an addition to all of the other things that you love about life. This has applied to me when I started college, and realized that the major I chose just wasn’t what interested me. This is an important idea to carry over into your career, because people often lose sight of their passions in the monotony of day to day work.

  • WolfgramKA06

    This is great information for any entrepreneur or anyone finding a job. I recently switched my major because I knew I wasn’t passionate about what I was learning. The most influential people that have met are the ones that I can tell absolutely enjoy what they do. They don’t have to fake it or be upset if they have a rough day. They enjoy the challenges. I wish everyone could enjoy what they do and find their true desires. The only part of the article that I did not full understand was the fact that some entrepreneurs lose relationships and friendships over their jobs. I mean, yes they probably do have to make sacrifices for some things. Do you believe that they can successfully balance money, friendships, hobbies, and a job if they love all those things? I think it’s absolutely possible, but sacrifice may limit some of those things in order to find what they truly want.

  • Collin Smith

    Thank you for the devoting your time and emphasizing that doing work you love isn’t truly work. I would definitely agree with you in the respect that your work should be an indulgence instead of a sacrifice. However, I also believe that taking a break from whatever it is you are doing is highly important so that you realize the importance of what you do and how fortunate you are to be doing it. I would ask you if you ever felt the need to switch things up in the office, or be visiting other places (even if it is for work related issues) because to me that counts as a vacation.

  • clemonsel02

    Daniel, I would like to thank you for taking the time to share this story with us. I found this to be a very interesting way to look at what work has become to some people and how your change in mind set could make work not so much of a sacrifice. I think that this could be helpful to those who believe they are trapped by their own sacrifices for their job. The part I do not agree with is that life should be put on hold because you want to indulge in your business. I think that their should be a happy medium between life and your passions. I do not understand giving up things you may love outside of work (girlfriend, sports, etc.) for your love of work you are doing. I do believe that what you are saying may be necessary because without entrepreneurs we would not be to where we are in the world today and honestly these ideas would have never been thought about. Do you think there is anyways for an entrepreneur to have it all?

  • Tyler Grant Hartung

    This is a great post and a great reframing of this issue. Having worked with Daniel for years at Unreasonable Institute, I found myself nodding that “Yes, this is Dan…” yet shaking my head at “…but this is not for everyone.” That said, once we got Unreasonable Institute up and running I became the exact opposite of Daniel: I have on and off time, I work hard to not work get in the way of my relationships, and I max out what I input into my ROTH IRA :-). But I do this similarly for the sake of the cause. I remember pushing the team to pay ourselves for the first time, then pushing the team to implement a vacation policy (so the default wasn’t that people take none), and even at times pushing the team to close their computer and go to happy hour (even though no one was asking or even hinting at any of these things). I found this (and continue to find this) the MOST important thing for the long term sustainability of the organization and the cause being served because this behavior is long-term sustainable for the MAJORITY OF PEOPLE involved and the future people we want to attract that are necessary to have to grow a company and its impact. Heck….if I get paid well and save more now, if Unreasonable Institute falls on hard times I don’t feel as quick to be force to go find a paying job elsewhere–it helps me whether the storm.

  • reuhl42

    This article is true in so many ways. I believe that when you get a job you should love the job. You shouldn’t even have to consider it a “job” it should be something you enjoy doing and getting up for every morning. I also believe that people should want to work and want to make money to support themselves or if they have a family, but nowadays there are many people that would much rather sit around or do other things besides work and make their own income to support themselves. The only thing that I disagree with is that although I believe that you should love your job and love what you do many people still need a break every once and awhile. If you work yourself in to the ground your going to get burned out and its going to start wearing down on your body. I also think that although not everyone is meant to be in a relationship or have a family there are many people that want to have a relationship and family which also makes it hard to never take a break from work. Thank you, Daniel, for this blog it was a very interesting read.

  • tjbaumeister08

    Thank you for this great article. I feel that so many people today sacrifice a lot for work. They decide to stay late at the office or not use their vacation days their given and miss out on all the important things going on with their families. I also feel like they make all these sacrifices and it ends up not really worth it because they hate their job. People should be doing what they love instead of settling. You mentioned how you decided to make some sacrifices during your undergraduate career, do you still make those sacrifices or have you found a way to incorporate them into your life now?

  • jack lomax

    Reading this I was thinking, nice article. Then I read that last line. “if your work feels like sacrifice, you should question everything. If it feels like indulgence, like you believe in what you are doing as much as anything else, then I say, dive into the deep end and give it all you have.” Quality! This quote pretty much defines my future profession. As a future teacher, I feel you can’t go into this profession without having absolute passion and belief in what you are doing. Teachers don’t exactly rake in the money, but the reward you get knowing you are having a positive influence on all these lives, and the difference you are making, trumps the income part any day! What I want to know at the end of this is, did you find that spark again? Or does it still feel like you are having to sacrifice? Hope it was the former rather than the latter! Thanks again for the article!

  • Caitlin Donohue

    That is a very interesting comparison between heads/tails of a coin and sacrifice/indulgence. Hearing those words separately I would think they are very different; one being giving up things you want for something else, the other being surrounded by something you love. I can see how entrepreneurship can be both things. Indulging in it with everything you have because this is all you believe in yet sacrificing relationships, money and other hobbies to do what it is you believe in. Believing in balance and reasonable proportion between many aspects of life, at what point might indulging yourself in one thing be too much or unhealthy?

  • Life is funny. I do agree with the fact that a career that you are passionate for should not be considered as a sacrifice. Nevertheless, there are sacrifices being made along the way. I guess it simply comes down to what you set your priority as and what is the most important to you. Please don’t get me wrong, I agree with everything the article said and I absolutely love what Gandhi has to say about his work/life. But as much as you love your job/career, you are probably still missing out in something because of it. Therefore, I am in absolute agreement with indulgence and sacrifice being on the same side of coin. And such is life. Thank you for sharing. This is a great read and made me re-assess the meaning of life.

  • Marian326

    Thank you for sharing your thoughts on sacrifice and indulgence. I do agree that if you feel the sacrifices are outweighing the benefits, we need to question what we are doing. I also believe that sacrifices can be a positive instead of a negative in one’s life, and that can be viewed as being indulgent. As a middle aged woman getting ready to graduate with my bachelor’s degree, I have felt at times, over the last four years, that I have sacrificed time with my family and friends, and yet on the other side of the coin, I have felt that I have been very indulgent with my need to earn a degree. Perspective and passion go hand in hand, and at times our perspective needs to refocus, and to bring our passion along for the ride. Being an entrepreneur, or anything else in life that becomes our “job,” needs both perspective and passion, and at times may require the skills of a master juggler. I believe to do anything well, we need to be “working” on it all the time, even if it is just ideas scribbled on a napkin, while we are living.

  • Kobajr18

    Awesome piece Mr. Epstein. “If your work feels like sacrifice, you should question everything.” This quote says it all. I strive to find the one thing in life that I can “Dive into” and give it everything I have. The idea of entrepreneurship being about passion and not sacrifice is spot on. To truly be successful you have to love what you do. I hope to find that soon.

  • GraceFelion

    I very much respect Gandhi, enjoyed your use of his quote in this context. I do feel, however, that working to the point of indulgence or sacrifice can be a tricky slope. It will likely lead to a lack of balance in your life and eventually burnout. Hopefully it doesn’t but if one isn’t careful it will. When you start down the path of putting your absolute all into your work you really need to think it over. I admire commitment and hard work but I also greatly value balance.

  • Tammy Hartmann

    Thank you, Daniel, for sharing your blog!

    I agree with Gandhi 100 percent, my question, how can end the battle to keep food on the table if sacrifice your job?

    Please write back soon.

  • Samantha Smith

    After everything Gandhi has accomplished during his life it
    is no shock that he did not take a vacation for almost 50 years, but instead he
    had such passion for his work that he felt that every day was a vacation. “Being
    an entrepreneur is not about sacrifice it’s about indulgence” is the perfect
    statement but can be applied to every job, love what you do so that you don’t view
    you work as a sacrifice.

  • Katie Ackerman

    I guess I can’t completely have an opinion on this, for I have yet to start my career. As a soon to be college grad, I find myself only to find a job that doesn’t completely consume me. I sometimes wonder if it is really possible to go into work everyday and be satisfied. I suppose if Gandhi found his way, we are all capable. If we were all as passionate about our work as Gandhi, the world would be a better place. Have you found your passion?

  • turbo_frey

    Another great article Daniel. I agree that entrepreneurs need to focus on a career that is full of indulgence and not sacrifice. Sacrificing everything can become overwhelming and stressful, causing one to be less satisfied with their job. Passion is a key to success and happiness and should be the main factor in everyone’s career choice. People will be more willing to accept challenges and dive into the unknown if they are passionate about what they do and continually strive to excel. If we all were passionate about our careers, I truly believe there would be less conflict. However, it’s not always that easy. How can we help others choose the path that best suits them and reveals their most inner passions?

  • Zach Perkins

    I agree that it can be difficult for people of the entrepreneur profession to have this sort of mentality. They are giving up so much going into this profession. Don’t you think this could be the case for others in various careers? I believe work can get in the way of our lives and things we consider important regardless of our career path.

  • vitalecm03

    This is very inspiring as I myself have given up hobbies or activities I enjoy in life because I thought I was wasting my time doing things I was going to no where in life with. I thought I should focus on school and work, becoming the adult I knew I was going to have to learn how to be anyways. I currently am struggling with my undergraduate and thought about giving up because I didn’t want to waste time taking classes I did not care about and did not pertain to my degree but after much talk with others I decided not to give up on school and keep striving for what I want to accomplish with my life.

  • treehugger90

    Love the article! This describes me all the way because I am so passionate about work and school that I sometimes forget about everyone around me and don’t give myself enough me time. But I love my jobs and love what I am going to school for.This is really good advice because I need to really start doing this myself and I agree that work shouldn’t feel like a sacrifice and should be an indulgence!

  • ZakFritz

    I liked this post. It made me think of what I want to do. A lot of people question my choice of what I am studying in school right now. A lot of people I talk to say it is a mistake. I have even thought about changing it because of what people have said to me. The problem with changing it is I think it is truly what I want to do, and I can get past all of these problems because of this. I would be sacrificing some things in my life but I do not care about them. Even the classes I take seem like indulgences so I cannot wait to see how the actual work will be.

  • barczakdm08

    I agree with this, love your job and what it stands for. If you don’t do that your life will be miserable and you will second guess yourself on why you choose your job in the first place. No matter the circumstances you always must be passionate for what you do, this leads to a happy and productive life. A life/job with a meaning.

  • Ryan Repta

    As of right now, I can’t think of any career that I would pursue that I could dedicate my entire life to. However, I someday hope to find an area that I’m very passionate about, because having a career for 50 years that’s a chore would just lead to a miserable life. However, I feel like there should be some middle ground for balancing family time and “play” time versus your work. If one is to dedicate their full self to their work. it would make it difficult to develop and maintain a relationship with a life partner and his/her children.

  • Branden Unger

    This post is so relevant to myself right now. Being in college trying to figure out which area I will spend my next 40 years doing work, it’s very important to put myself into a career where I am enjoying what I am doing. If I didn’t do that it would otherwise be a day to day struggle. I heard somewhere once that you shouldn’t be in a career where you constantly look forward to taking vacation days, because then you’re not in a career you’re passionate about. Do you think it’s more so true that in a career you can have both sacrifice and indulgence, or that you can only have one or the other?

  • Logan Dohmeier

    Daniel, I think that you make some very good points in the article. I especially liked how you emphasized the importance of indulgence over sacrifice. When it comes to your work, it may seem to others that you are really “sacrificing you time and energy”, but in reality you are loving every minute of it. I think that this has to be a basic principle in regards to those questioning their work. Caring about what you are doing should be important to anyone and everyone who is employed or seeking employment. Not only will this make life more enjoyable but it will also bring out the best in yourself and potentially drive you to be more successful.

  • Jennifer Lynn

    Very interesting read for a college student. This article really made me think about the things I thought were “sacrifices” but now sort of look at as indulgences that will help me throughout my life. School is supposed to be an adventure and has been for the most part for me as well as many others I am sure. I find it difficult to have fun when there is so much to do though. What is a good strategy to keeping your head up when things seem overwhelming?

  • Tammy Hartmann

    I love Gandhi in so many ways. I couldn’t agree more — entrepreneurship is an indulgence, not a sacrifice. Those who are passionate about his or her job tends to spread more optimistic energy and will be more productive compared to those who perceive it as a sacrifice and spread negative energy.
    Daniel, I enjoyed your article and found it to be very true in life.

  • Samantha Smith

    I couldn’t agree more. I love the thought of where I am headed and know its my passion so it makes everyday more rewarding and enjoyable. Thank you for sharing your thoughts.

  • Samantha Smith

    I love that quote. Its perfect and its the way it should be.

  • LeiderGM20

    I feel like I can relate to this article on a small scale. My friends all give me a hard time because I took a really low paying job doing something I absolutely love and turned down a high paying job that I know I would have hated. I feel so lucky to be able to go to work doing something I love while my friends all complain about how much they hate what they do. Thank you for sharing!

  • kmaheu

    This goes along the lines with what my dad has been telling me for my entire life – if you like what you’re doing, you never work a day in your life. That being said, it is absolutely necessary, no matter what your profession, to schedule personal care time for yourself, especially if your passion involves alleviating others’ sufferings in difficult situations. People need to see the fine line between productivity and overworking.

  • JamesSpadge

    I feel the same way. I think people should put more focus on doing something they love and doesn’t feel like work, then they will never work a day in their lives.

  • knapprl17

    I agree with you that if what every you are doing in life (that takes up a lot of your time) feels like a sacrifice you should not be doing it. I play college soccer and it takes up A LOT of my free time and time I would have to spend with friends or doing other activities most other college students would be doing. I love playing and pretty much everything about it, so I do not view as it as a sacrifice. I know that moment I start to see soccer as something I have to sacrifice other things for it will be time to hang up my cleats.

  • Hannah Leggett-Hintz

    A piece of this article that struck home for me was when the author talked about “if your work feels like sacrifice, you should question everything.” I think that is such true and wise advice. I believe in that. I believe in having passion for something, or many things, and going after them. Chasing after them with your whole heart. Sure, it’s terrifying. But the rewards that are reaped are beyond beneficial. I found great truth in this article, reminding me that it’s important to pursue what I’m passionate about through my life. That it’s so important to figure out what that is.

  • Natasha Tynczuk

    I like the closing paragraph in this article. It is absolutely true that if your work feels like a sacrifice, it probably isn’t what you really want to do with your life. If you are truly doing what you love you shouldn’t feel like you are missing out on anything.

  • yencheskcj27

    I was actually thinking of the same quote about if you love what you do, you won’t work a day in your life, when I read this article. And I think that idea holds true to everyone, not just entrepreneurs. We should be doing what we love, not hating every hour on the job.

  • Carly Konkol

    I can definitely relate to this! Being a senior in college, I have started thinking about “life after college” (which is definitely scary). I have always been unsure if speech therapy is really what I am passionate about. Remembering that if work feels like a sacrafice, question everything, is something I will definitely do. It is never too late to take a different path in life and I know eventually I will be lead to the right one. I just have to remember to “sharpen my axe” and follow my passions.

  • Nathan

    Thanks! The good thing about being an entrepreneur is that you can pursue whatever you like. If you are going to pursue something you should make sure you have a passion for it. Work should be fun! Especially if it is your own work, because you are choosing this line of work. How can we pass this message on to people?

  • Ananda Conlon

    I hope that whatever job that I take after graduation doesn’t make me look forward to my vacation time. I believe in the importance of vacation, but I think it is key to enjoy what you spend a majority of your time doing, working. I am amazed that Gandhi didn’t take any vacation time for that period of time. I want to strive to find that in my life.

  • Alise Brown

    I very much enjoyed this post. Looking at what you are not getting or giving up is definitely the wrong type of attitude. Instead of looking at the exciting and brilliant things that will be accomplishe. Just because you don’t ski or have a serious relationship or invested all your time and money doesnt mean your doing life wrong, its just different Han most people and that is perfectly fine.

  • Alise Brown

    That is the true key to happiness. Doing what you love, and loving what you do will guarantee success no matter what.

  • Alise Brown

    You should feel like something is missing when you aren’t working, work is not work when you love it.

  • Alise Brown

    Yes very true, and you will do better and feel better when ypu pick what you love. The trick is finding something that you love and being able to support yourself through it.

  • Alise Brown

    I definitely agree with you. You’re not living your life if it isn’t how you want it to be. There is always room to change or improve to the standards that will get you into the happy place.

  • CoachDavis24

    I like this article, but I don’t think that you have to neglect everything else. In fact, I believe that having your loved ones around you and doing things that you love is a necessity for success. Everyone needs to have a support and everyone needs to have some down time. I would like to know if Ghandi was truly happy. If he was, then he had support from loved ones and he had down time. Ghandi absolutely dedicated himself to something he was extremely passionate about. He loved people and people loved him. You can’t go through life without enjoying it. Whats the point of life without enjoyment?

  • Andrew Bliefernicht

    This article made me think of the quote, “When you love what you do, you’ll never work a day in your life.” That how I interpreted the quote. He may work long hours every single day, but if it’s something he loves and enjoys it never feels like work. Like in the article it says if you have to sacrifice stuff whether it is relationships or other things than you need to reevaluate your job/life. Nothing should ever come into your life and make you put other stuff to the side and forget about it. Especially jobs. Sure there may be long hard tiring days at work, but if you are enjoying what you are doing it’ll never fully feel like work.

  • Aarynn Bosshart

    I really appreciate the message you’re preaching here. It seems like it’s not as much that you are not making sacrifices, but that you are trying to look at those sacrifices in a different light. You listed some of the sacrifices you decided to make as a sophomore in college. Have you no longer sacrificed those things, or have you simply decided that none of it was really a sacrifice since you love what you do?

  • Travis Mattice

    Good post, I like what you had to say here. I also liked that you mentioned that sacrifice and indulgence were “Two sides of the same coin” because I think you were right there. You are also right were you say that if work feels like sacrifice you should start rethinking things. The best part was where you referred to another post you made about sharpening your axe along the way.

  • Dannielle Wagner

    When I think about reaching my goals I think about sacrifice….because I feel like Ill have to sacrifice sleeping and eating to make time for all of the things I need to do. I shouldn’t have to sacrifice, but I kind of feel like its unavoidable…I want to have a job that I love one day, but college life is killing me right now. Ultimately when I finally get the job that I want, it will feel like I don’t work a day in my life. I wish it were that way now….between working a job and going to school…im dying.

  • Dannielle Wagner

    I feel like there is some sacrifice leading up to the job that you ultimately strive for…I feel like there is no progress with no turmoil. In order to get a job that you love, most people would say that now a days you need a degree…so here I am working my but off to try to get a job that I love so that I won’t have to work a day in my life once I get the job I love…but the climb is rough.

  • Luke Drumel

    Appreciate your insight on this, I to as well struggle between indulgence and sacrifice when it comes to my dads business. I want to jump in and give it everything I got but I’m worried it won’t be the right sacrifice if I don’t try something else while I’m still in college. Great post!

  • Thank you for this article as well. Passion is what keeps an entrepreneur going. It’s also what makes a normal person want to change the world in the first place. For me, I have a passion for health and helping others achieve better health. I am CONVINCED that I can make an impact if I try hard enough. I will start my own business and dedicate hours upon hours to it, regardless of my self and interpersonal needs. It is a sacrifice, but not in a bad way. It IS an indulgence that I can afford to participate in as much as possible. Unlike ice cream…….I shouldn’t indulge in ice cream.

  • Lauren Schlicht

    I like how this article put into perspective a different way to look at being an entrepreneur. Before reading this article I took would mistake entrepreneurs as money hungry business men. I guess thats the negative conatation the media has helped put in some of our minds. Its important to see the other end of the spectrum and understand not all entreprenuerurs are the types we see in the movies. I can relate when the author quotes, “I had it all wrong and that being an entrepreneur wasn’t about sacrifice, it was about indulgence. It was about diving into the deep end of what you are most passionate about and giving your full self to it.” Its so very important to do what you love because when you take action to do things that you’re passionate about the world starts to change, bit by bit.

  • AndreaOlsen22

    The quote about how it “isn’t about sacrifice, it’s about indulgence” really sums up the outlook people should have about thier work. No matter what we do in life, we shouldn’t do it because we HAVE to, it should be because we want to. We don’t HAVE to go to college, but the majority of us to because we want to be successful in the future with a job. With millions of different jobs out there, no one can say there isn’t one for them. Jobs are things we must have a good portion of our lives, we mise well enjoy them right?

  • alexlavine

    I am really passionate about coaching. I put a lot of time into and spend a lot of my time in preparation, practice, or games. There are some things that because of these commitments I miss out on or I’m not able to do, but I would have it no other way. I don’t see it as missing out, but instead I get an experience that a lot of people don’t get. I have established a lot of great relationships through my coaching passion. When your passionate about something and you dive into it there is always going to be some sacrifice in other aspects of your life, but you only get to live once to I would suggest doing something you love!

  • Kendra Larson

    I do think that it is important to completely focus on what you are passionate for, however I think that it’s important to make time for the relationships in your life. I think that when it comes down to the end, your relationships throughout your life become the most important thing. If you spend too much time focusing on your work, and not enough time on your significant other…or family…or friends…or whatever relationship you are in, you start to loose a quality of your overall happiness. Most of the relationships in our lives are the key to are overall happiness. Sure, you can be successful and have the job that you have always dreamed about, but it wouldn’t mean as much without your loved ones at your side. Is putting all of yourself into all your work worth destroying a long lasting relationship? Thank you for sharing your article.

  • Katelyn Vaughn

    I really enjoyed reading your comment, Kendra. I agree, I think that the relationships you have in your life are the key to your overall happiness. Although, having a job that you love and are passionate about can also bring its benefits, without your loving relationships your quality of happiness will start to decrease. I also agree that if you have your dream career but do not attain quality relationships anymore, your job would not mean as much because you may have no one to share your experiences with. We need to find a healthy balance between work and relationships in order to improve our overall happiness.

  • nbaker3

    I am not so sure this article is correct. I think good behaviors such as forming a start-up are learned by self-discipline not by “indulging” in yourself. I understand the point of self-interest and how it is necessary for a healthy economy but when a person actually is “indulging” in themselves in whatever interests minus any soft skills they have, they become grossly lazy.

  • Tessa

    “It was about diving into the deep end of what you are most passionate about and giving your full self to it. ” I love this quote and this article, as I’ve always felt driven to make my work fit my life, not vice versa. I want to take the things that I am passionate about, and feel purposeful in engaging, and make those fit in a way that I can support myself and my family. I love the idea of not sacrificing, and often myself of the opportunities I have when I get stuck in that old conditioning of thinking of work and study as sacrifices, when in fact they are incredible gifts allowing us to get live out our purpose in the world.

  • Skalahe13

    This is true. Are you really working if your work doesn’t feel like work? That is something that everyone should strive for in life, then its not a sacrifice at all. I like that it is referred to as an indulgence, something you want to do.

  • DuchAM21

    Daniel brings up a great point. This blog hits on the idea that if you love what you do, you will never work a day in your life. In my entrepreneurship class we have been learning about what a true entrepreneur looks like. The successful entrepreneurs do sometimes have to sacrifice time, but to them it is worth it, because they believe in what they are creating, and are so passionate about it, that it IS their life.

  • JeremyWahl

    i think that you will be the happiest when you do what you love, and when you do something that you love you will find success. it is cliche but the first thing that comes to mind is if you enjoy what you are doing you never work a day in your life.

  • Michellelele123

    This article reminded me of the quote “if you love what you do you never work a day in your life” that is what Ghandi did and I feel like that is what everyone aspires for

  • milleram97

    “Indulgence”, how often that term is not applied to work. I believe that it’s true though that if you enjoy what you’re doing, you will never work a day in your life. Passions have the tendency to consume us, and do so quite rapidly. That’s not always a bad thing either.
    Things that we love should be stress-free because the power to do them comes from a place that we don’t need to create or force, their already pre-existing and sitting ready to be tapped.
    Not all of us are going to become millionaires or own 5 corvettes, but honestly who cares? If you let the rest of your life slip away because you constantly need to make more and more money and get invested into 70 hour work weeks, how are you even living

  • keyser03

    I agree you have to do something that you love in today’s society. If we do something we love it never really is work! Love what we do and do what we love!

  • rntom

    I’m new to the entrepreneurial world so with the indulge and sacrifice bit I’m a bit lost. I’ve always been told, no sacrifice, no success. However, this post has made me think otherwise.

  • catec18

    This article says it all! No matter what you’re doing in life, whether it be a start up company or pursuing a career somewhere else, you have to enjoy what you are doing. I guess my opinion is somewhere in-between sacrifice and indulgence. I don’t think every day is going to be a party where you jump out of bed ready to go to work. There are going to be hard days on the way to getting what you want. But at the same time, if you don’t like the road to your destination, you probably won’t like your destination. Because in life, as far as work goes, it’s not a destination. You have to keep working and working. It’s always about the journey.

  • byrnesbk24

    That is exactly why I am in the major I am in. I am a phy ed major and love being active. I have tried many desk job and I last a month. I cant just sit behind a desk, I need to work with people and be moving. I feel like that quote fits me well. Do you know what I mean?

  • Michellelele123

    consider yourself lucky then that you found what you love and are able to do what you love! Some people never figure it out and some people never have the courage to take a risk and make a change and end up stuck at the desk job. I was fortunate to have the opportunity to come back to college at 25 years old but now I’m worried that I still don’t know what I want to do!

  • byrnesbk24

    Oh for sure, I am 29 and I am still in school. Granted I already have an associates degree but it took me awhile to figure out what I wanted to do. I feel like it is so hard to ask a 18 year what they want to do for the rest of there lives. I know so many people who have gone back to school or aren’t even doing what they went to school for.

  • Michellelele123

    It’s definitely sad to think I’m going to be in debt forever if I don’t end up getting a job in what I’m going to school for….on one hand I’m just really glad I’m getting educated and will have that accomplishment but on the other hand I’m scared what will happen when school ends and if I took the right path..

  • hansends21

    I believe there is a fine line between being very dedicated to your work, and neglecting everything else in your life for it. I am a very hard worker, and if I care about something I will give it my all. That being said, I am very in tact with my priorities and I feel the same way about my family, friends, etc. If there is a situation where someone in my family needs me, I will drop whatever I am doing at work to be there for them one hundred percent of the time, no questions asked.

  • Erin

    I liked this article because I really believe that you should love what you do and be super passionate about that. Focusing on it as an indulgence instead of a sacrifice is excellent. People “sacrifice” many of the other things they enjoy in order to fully commit to something that they love more. Being able to put your full self toward something is super powerful. My favorite part of this article was when you said if you feel like your work is a sacrifice then you should question everything. This is just great because it is so true. The thing you want to do everyday for the rest of your life definitely should not be a sacrifice.

  • MattDennert

    I feel that you don’t need to give up everything to do something that you really love and care about you just need to be able to split up your time equally.

  • maxfunny

    I agree fully. I feel like you have to know the diffence to becoming a workachlic and doing something you enjoy. If you could just do the thing you love you would never have to work, but you must keep you property straight.

  • milkienr18

    I whole heartily agree that your work should not feel like work. You should be doing something you love. I envy the people who don’t care what kind of money their job pays them they enjoy what they do and that is satisfying to them. I agree that if you are sacrificing things that you should maybe reevaluate i like how the author said you should be indulging yourself in your work not having it be a burden on you.

  • Timothy Joseph Basaldua

    I agree. I’ve gone to school for several different things just to please other people. I am finally going to the school that offers my degree that I want to pursue. However, I feel like if you are offered vacation hours, you should take them. That’s what they are there for. It’s great if you love your job and love doing what you do, but it’s important to take time aside for yourself to engage in other activities that you like to do. Hang out with family members, go out with a friend, go on a trip, take on a new hobby, etc. I feel like you have the opportunity to work your whole life, so it’s important to take time out for friends, families, and hobbies.

  • flaschbm09

    I completely agree! I think if you’re going to spend that much time doing something or working in a certain field or job, you should love what you do and be passionate about it, otherwise it becomes another task or job. Why waste your time doing something you don’t like when you could be doing something you love?

  • ryanstorto

    This is an interesting article and I agree that people should do something that they love. Even when they are doing something they love, I believe people should reward themselves once in a while with things such as a vacation.

  • kgonyo

    I think it’s incredibly important to stop every once and awhile and reevaluate how you feel, and how your work contributes to that. If you’re not passionate about what you do, chances are you’re not giving it your all. This is your sign to do what you’re passionate about, and give everything you’ve got.

  • Tyler Hebert

    As an entrepreneur you need to make sure you aren’t losing what is most important to you, such as family and other relationships. Entrepreneurs will get to caught up in their business and won’t pay enough attention to what really matters. Most of the time they believe it’s about sacrificing that to have a successful business and that’s not a good idea.

  • Jpl89

    If your work feels like sacrifice then change it. This is a great ,essays. I’ve always dreamed of living a life of foot work everyday and it never seemed like work. This would be the perfect scenario. Hopefully one day with the help of my stress management class along with other academia provided by the school system I will be able to achieve this goal.

  • The irony is that this was posted on Christmas and I’m in the office working… =)

  • Matt Goodman

    This is a fantastic perspective on something that a huge majority of the world suffers from: hatred of their work. I really like the idea of looking at liquidating your assets to start a business isn’t sacrifice, its actually enabling you to do something you love. In my own words, it doesn’t trap you 400k in debt – it frees you to do what you love.