Ian Lurie // Nov 3 2010
Last week, I went to Tokyo to speak at ad:tech. 20 hours of air travel so I could be there for about 48 hours. I worked on the plane, both ways. Everyone around me sneezed and phlegmed like there was no tomorrow. I was exhausted while in Tokyo, exhausted when I got back on Saturday, and, as it turned out, got badly dehydrated.
Sunday morning I started having pain in my right side. Within about 30 minutes, it went from ‘ouch’ to me curled up in a ball on the bed, unable to move. After another 2 hours of that, my wife drove me to the emergency room. Diagnosis? Kidney stone (likely due to dehydration).
By the way, on the pain scale, a kidney stone hurts about 2x worse than a ruptured spinal disk, 8x worst than a torn ligament, and at least 100000x worse then a slap in the face. It’s like having an Alien tunneling out of you, but you don’t die. It just keeps going. I don’t recommend it.
I literally worked myself sick. Not achoo sick, but run-to-the-ER, IV-in-arm, time-for-a-CAT-scan sick.
Three days later, I’m somewhat mobile, eating again and feeling basically OK, but pretty far from ‘fine’. I can only work about a 2/3 day before getting tired or starting to hurt again.
I’ve also gotten sick at 2 of the last 4 conferences I’ve gone to.
OK. I can take a hint.
Professionally, I juggle a lot of stuff: This blog, the Fat Free Guide, e-book writing and, of course, Portent – my company. That last takes up 90% of my time.
Personally, I juggle a lot, too: I do my best to not be one of those CEO parents the kids never see.
But burning the candle at 6 ends at once only gets you so far. And the most successful folks I know don’t work 90 hour weeks. They work 50 hour weeks. Otherwise they don’t last.
Clearly, my approach isn’t working. So, what to do?
I’m cynical and sarcastic, and I poke fun at myself. But I’m not a huge fan of putting personal drama on display. So this post pushes things a bit farther than usual for me. I’m not fishing for sympathy or anything else. I am pretty sure that, by publishing this, I’ll ensure that I hold myself to it, ’cause if I don’t, someone’s going to probably yell at me.
Back to normal tomorrow…
Ian Lurie is founder and CEO of Portent Inc., an internet marketing agency that has provided internet marketing, including PPC, SEO, social and analytics services, since 1995. Read More