It has been a rough Spring for the Tillner girls … or rather, the Tillner girls mother. You see, I fell on February 23, and broke my ankle. Yes, I broke my ankle. Four weeks in a hard cast, three weeks in a boot … joy, joy. Now, let me tell you who felt the brunt of this injury. Lane, my 21-year-old daughter who is a junior at Millsaps, that’s who. She has taken care of her mother … driving me everywhere, cooking, cleaning, plus going to school and still having a life!
It has been very hard for me to have to rely on her so much when she should be enjoying all that goes with being a junior in college. But what a trooper she has been, and she’s gotten the opportunity to laugh at her mama a bit as I have maneuvered around with a beautiful purple cast! Gotta find the humor, right?
Just as the microprocessor opened up the possibilities of our machines, Peter Drucker opened up our minds. Drucker was the preeminent business philosopher of the 20th century, creating the concept of management as a practical discipline. His intellectual rigor and prescience separate him from the pack of futurists.
His great strength is an extraordinary ability to interpret the present, to read the lines in the sand that get to the heart of the matter. In more than 30 books, he has written lucidly on many of the crucial business trends of the past 50 years, identifying the “knowledge society” as the cornerstone of the modern business.
I remember meeting him at his 90; he lived in a leafy Los Angeles suburb. He moved there in 1971, expecting to stay for three months. “That’s one reason I don’t teach long-term planning,” he said. Drucker swam daily, exhibited obvious pride in the blooming violet flowers of a jacaranda tree, speaks lovingly of his grandchildren. He was spry, able to hobble along on a cane as fast as many people can walk and can put down a cooling, double espresso in a single gulp.
Yes, quite a few of us are internet entrepreneurs, so how much sleep do you get? With all the rigors and distractions of everyday life (i.e. kids, a regular job, appointments, etc.) working on your growing internet empire is becoming increasingly difficult. You have to maintain your family life and keep the significant other happy. The kids demand attention and the occasional diaper change (if they’re little).
The great internet entrepreneurs are able to maintain both the everyday life events and the internet lifestyle by getting by on the least amount of sleep as they can and great organizational skills. I know of some entrepreneurs who go to bed at around 2-3am and have to be up for the regular 9 to 5 by 6 am.
While this may be the normal to some, to others, it’s incomprehensible. “3 HOURS OF SLEEP?? I wouldn’t be able to function!” And they’re probably right.
I’ve read percentages as high as 50% of Americans are chronically deprived of sleep. And I can imagine that as an entrepreneur, that percentage is much higher. I personally have been able to get by with a minimum of 3 hours of sleep. But, I can only do that for a maximum of 2-3 days at a time before I pass out for the following 10 hours.