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Poolside Reflections

While writing this, I was sitting at a hotel pool 6,000 miles from home. It reminded me of advice I have given friends who are starting new companies: choose endeavors you'd be excited to share with someone you just met at a hotel pool.

If you’re working on something you'd be enthusiastic to discuss with a stranger while on vacation, there's a good chance you’re oriented in the right direction.

Reflecting on when I have offered this advice, it's usually because I sense someone might be pursuing an idea that makes sense on paper and that they can sell, but doesn't truly resonate with them.

Being excited about your work enhances performance, positively influences outcomes, and inspires others. When you’re passionate about a vision you are committed to realizing, vacations can recharge your energy, but they can't fix a lack of genuine enthusiasm.