What passes for wisdom
- Don't rush in to having children - Let’s start with this as, in some ways it’s the toughest one to explain. You see, I love my kids dearly and, obviously, I would never wish them away however I can honestly say that having them only a couple of years after starting a very ambitious business venture and not feeling emotionally ready for it at the same time was one of the toughest challenges I’ve ever faced as a human being. I’d like to think that they’d say I’m not a terrible father but I feel like I could have been a better dad to them if I hadn’t been under so much pressure and felt more prepared for it.
- Guard your bandwidth - Although tactics and strategy are important it's a reality that most battles are simply won by overwhelming the opposition. The only exception to this I can think of is the Battle of Thermopylae in which a few thousand Greeks held 20-30x that at bay by controlling their (and therefore the enemy's) bandwidth. By choosing to fight within a pass the enemy were simply unable to overwhelm them. Anyway, setting appropriate boundaries and ensuring you're not overwhelmed is one of the keys to staying sane and in control of yourself - it's *particularly* important as a leader - you can't lead other people effectively if you're struggling with your own load so:
- Ensure that you get a good system
- Delegate as much as possible
- Leave contingency time
- Let "under-promise/over-deliver" become your daily mantra.