One of my fellow boot campers was talking to me about balancing life and work this morning and how she never has enough time. This is a bootcamp filled with working women, many of them with families, who are up before the sun rises to get an hour of time to themselves before anyone else even knows where they are. When I told her that I could relate she said “But you have your own business, so you don’t have to work the 8 hour thing, right?” I can’t tell you how many times I’ve heard some version of that statement from people. It use to bother me. Now, my standard response is “Yeah, it doesn’t really work that way. The work has to get done.” and then I leave it alone. I’ve come to realize that most people don’t understand what it really means to be an entrepreneur and start a successful business. Yes, we have the option to choose when we work, but the commitment is a 24/7 commitment and a successful business requires much more than 8 hours of time per day. It requires full dedication and responsibility. When I get up in the morning I am not not worried about how I will get through the day or complete the hours. I am focused on how will I fulfill my purpose and build something extraordinary. That’s what a lot of people don’t get. We choose this life. Nothing about it is an obligation. It’s a completely different mentality. I am accountable to my family, customers, employees, vendors, partners and everyone who touches my life. All of them, together, decide the fate of my business. No, I do not work 8 hours a day. I work to make every day count.