As your career progresses, you'll face decisions and priority-testers. Listen to your gut.
If you are a sports fan, you know that 1) Peyton Manning's future is in doubt; 2) Tiger Woods seems to have met the end of his career; and 3) Wladimir Klitschko will fight to regain his heavyweight boxing crown. At some point in their careers, entrepreneurs face some of the same issues and decision nodes. Namely:
1. They become more selective about where and how they participate in new ventures.
2. Time and meaning becomes more important than money.
3. They tap into their intrinsic motivators rather than extrinsic motivators.
4. They think twice about working for equity.
5. They are not afraid to be more outspoken or blunt about telling other people their baby is ugly.
6. They become more responsive to their spouses and families as work interferes more and more with life.
7. They focus on their legacy and leaving something sustainable behind.
8. They declare victory and go home.
9. They are less afraid to tell truth to authority.
10. They spend more time in their sweet spots.
Heavyweight fighters only have so many fights in them. The conventional wisdom is that pro quarterbacks hit the wall when they turn 39. Tiger's back is telling him it's time to move on. Listen to your body.
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