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Are You High-Maintenance?

What you do in your personal time is your business, but that's no way to run your company.

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This story appears in the July 2001 issue of Entrepreneurs Start-Ups magazine.

There are many luxuries in this life that I cannot afford. Notthat there's anything wrong with that. I'm perfectly happynot owning a million-dollar home, taking expensive vacations everyother week and buying new socks every day simply because I can. Butlike many of you, there is one luxury that I wish for every day:time.

If "wake, work like hell, collapse into bed" is afamiliar refrain for you, you know what I'm talking about. Somedays feel like nothing but maintenance-putting out fires, checkingthe oil, repairing the brakes, occasionally washing the damn thingwhen it gets too dirty to see out the windows-there is simply notime to do anything else. And some days, that's just fine. Butif you do that every day, before long you'll drive yourself-no,not into a rut-over a very steep, very scary cliff.

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