I learned that I'm in trouble.
I thought being on my own would give me more time to focus on my three projects (novel, app, and startup) but no, it's almost like I have even less time than before.
It feels like I'm digging myself out of a hole of required work, so that I can begin building things that don't exist yet.
What do I mean?
I'm expected to write for Inc., publish twice a week for Entrepreneur's Handbook, and if I want to make any money at this point, write for Opportunity Lives and other publications that pay.
It's Thursday. The things that are expected of me have taken precedent all week.
Add on top of that: networking. Which takes time away from working. This is the other piece I've learned.
People vs. projects. Or, creating vs. relating. Or, writing vs. networking. These opposing activities (both sides good) are mutually exclusive. I have to choose one or the other.
Francine Hardaway, wise mentor I met over at coworking space Galvanize, said I was doing too much and will have a hard time making progress. She's probably right. But I'm resolved to keep doing it all and not drop any of it. It's too much fun doing it all.
Medium announced their subscription model. It's no different from a publication on Medium. It's as if they said, "Hey, other people are making money with paid memberships, why don't we do that, too?"
As my main source of power(?), I'm depending on Medium. If it goes away, I go away. So I hope they know what they're doing over there.
Lastly, I learned about Kleine-Levin Syndrome. I met with energetic and passionate 23 YO Mat Sherman yesterday and we talked about launching products, helping entrepreneurs, and his battle with KLS. It's a rare sleep disorder characterized by persistent episodic hypersomnia and cognitive or mood changes. Sounded rough. But it inspires him incredibly. Because he deals with this, and he knows he could have an episode at any moment, he gets after it. He is balls-to-the-wall go-go-go. It lights a fire under his rear and makes him not waste a minute. I felt inspired.