Being and working on your own basically boils down to one thing – maximizing the very limited time available on your hands to derive the best results. Maximizing is not just a matter of how many hours can you pull into something, it is also a matter of how do you spend your hours, leaning heavily into the old paradigm of quality over quantity. Twelve hours a day of doing the same over and over again is always worse than 3 hours a day of doing something new and doing it well.
This leads to making tough decisions in life. Even though everything in life can’t be measured, you can’t often sit back and wait for things to fall into place forever. Sometimes it is better to hedge and lose than to die wondering. Strangely, this is something that covers both the personal and professional realms, even though it is easier to pull this off in the professional than personal. Sometimes, there is really no nice side to what you have to do. You just have to grit your teeth and pull through it.