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New years are busy for everyone, I suppose.

Life at work has reached previously-unknown levels of crazy. Mostly good crazy—success problems, you might say. Costs are cut. Debt is managed. Old platforms are deprecated and retired. Low performers are out. Teams have stabilized. Execution ability is at an all-time high.

After nearly two years of righting the ship, we have finally reached the stage I joined to help with: building the future. Now is all about what's next: for our customers, for our company, for our employees. Charting a new direction. Drafting new roadmaps. Hiring new talent.


It hasn't been easy.  Customer meetings. Partner meetings. Writing. Reviews. Debates. Travel. Interviews. Many, many tough calls.

I'm packing two workdays into one most days. It's certainly not sustainable, but it's appropriate for the season I'm in. Some things have had to take a back seat during this transition. My personal projects lay relatively untouched the past two months. For lifting and general personal fitness... let's generously say I'm in "maintenance mode." I make as many family dinners as possible during the week, but find myself disappearing back into my office after the kids are in bed.

This is the hard truth I've had to realize: I can do anything, but not everything. Focus isn't saying yes. It's saying no.