I love “The Way I Work” articles by entrepreneurs in Inc. magazine. They recently ran a really great one, by Sam Calagione, the founder of Dogfish Head Brewery. At the very end of the article, he revealed his evening reading habits:
I obsessively notch the pages, even when I’m reading fiction. If it’s notched up and folded back, it means it’s an actual idea that applies to Dogfish. If it’s notched down, it’s more about the feeling — part of what’s written reflects our off-centered philosophy. Every word that I read, I filter through this Dogfish prism. Every thought that I have in some way pertains to Dogfish. It’s kind of sick in a way — that Dogfish is that prevalent in my thought patterns. But after 5:30, I stop focusing on the nuts and bolts of the business and let my mind wander to the more fun and creative parts. I feel like that’s pretty healthy.
Ditto. I am exactly like that. I secretly feel kind of sheepish about this…I mean there is life beyond Grommet. (And I still want my three sons to think I think about them 24/7, as is their natural birthright.) But if you really love doing something (and you have a huge responsibility to do it well…) then obsessiveness seems to be a requirement.
I’m not sure I could think about beer all day. (Well on a really tough day I do, but only in a one-dimensional get-to-consumption way.)