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What Is You Fortress of Solitude?

It is stressful starting a company.   You have employees, investors, competitor circling you at all times.  You are reading 200 + RSS feeds/day, managing your personal life, and trying to hit your numbers.  The signal to noise ratio is very high.

There are times when you need perspective.  I was prompted to think about this since Bill Gates has officially retired from Microsoft last week.  He was well known for his Think Week’s where he would go to a remote cabin and well, think.  Not everyone has a Fortress of Solitude like Superman.  But, every entrepreneur can carve out time to think.  I am getting married soon and I am going to leave the BlackBerry at home.

I am excited to visit Greece which I have spent a bunch of time studying (both the history and the mythology).  I am really excited to just relax and think.  One of my favorite quotes is from Voltaire,

"Judge of a man by his questions rather than by his answers."

I plan on focusing on family and asking some big questions.  Breaks are a great time to unlever the brain from the norm and travel is a great way to get yourself out of your daily comfort zone.  See everyone later this month.


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