If somebody were to tell you that they treat Saturday exactly the same way that they treat a Monday, what would be your first impression of that person?
For me, it would mean one of three things:
1: They are blissfully retired and do whatever the hell they want to do, or
2: They are self-employed and put in way too many hours, or
3: They are working themselves to death, and EOL (End of Life) will soon become them
If you read this Medium article by Nicolas Cole, you might start to feel as if that person’s awareness of the days of the week is beneath them. They have too many other goals and motivations to care, much less know, what day of the week it is.
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Okay, back to the article.
Spend enough time in entrepreneurial circles, and you’ll learn all the buzz phrases:
“Yeah, so we’re working on a content platform that syndicates shareable information between media companies.”
“I want to solve for great content that goes unaccounted for, and create a viral hub for empowered content creators.”
“We’re building a brand-new platform that’s going to solve a technological pain point for hundreds of millions of users, all across the globe, one computer at a time.”
Yup. Sure. Great. Awesome. Got it.
People talk a good game, and I’ve seen this too. A buzzword-filled spillage of incomprehensible spaghetti of language often implies that person’s doing relatively little. Big dreams, little action.
How do you treat Monday?
This author feels lied to.
“I feel like nobody told me that big fancy words are used by people who don’t actually know what they’re aiming toward,” he wrote.
Do you know what question I haven’t been able to answer since I began full-time work for myself, building a company that generates cash and pays employees and keeps clients happy?
“Hey Cole, what day is it?”
Can’t answer it.
I don’t know what day it is. And I haven’t known for almost a year.
I don’t know what day it is because when you’re an entrepreneur, a true entrepreneur, Monday is the same as Tuesday is the same as Thursday is the same as Sunday. The only difference is whom you’re meeting with for coffee, and when. The only difference is what day you have which calls scheduled for. The only difference is what you got done that day.
The actual day, in itself, doesn’t matter. I treat a Saturday the same way I treat a Monday.
According to Cole, their answer tells you everything.
“It’s Saturday, finally!”
This might come from someone who’s knee-deep in work that they probably don’t like. They aren’t thick in the middle of building something they truly care about. Whatever they are building, or the paperwork they’re completing, or the people they are pleasing…it’s for the almighty dollar. No personal investment outside of their time.
It’s all to collect enough money to satisfy the financial demands of their lifestyle.
Make no mistake about it – I was there, too. I thought I had the successful life. I wanted people to know I was successful. I bought the things rich people bought. I lived in the suburbs. All the shit people do to look impressive? Been there, done that.
I also have the t-shirt.
“I have found this simple question to reveal so much about a person, and I know it because I feel it every single day,” Cole wrote. “I feel shell-shocked when someone asks me what day it is, as if I were waking up from a dream: “Oh, yeah, there are days in a week, aren’t there?””
Aside from a “Yes/No” answer to the question of whether I published a new article or not, I’m entirely unaware of that stuff. It’s trivial.
Don’t get me wrong – I don’t write this to brag. I’m writing this because it’s a whole new way to think about freedom. When every day is the same, then the arbitrary configuration settings that govern each day mean nothing. It’s just not important.
Do you know what day of the week it is?
BTW…I’m pretty sure today is Friday. Friday the 13th. 😉
Steve is a 38-year-old early retiree who writes about the intersection of happiness and financial independence. Steve is a regular contributor to MarketWatch, CNBC, and The Ladders. He lives full-time in his 30′ Airstream Classic and travels the country with his wife Courtney and two rescued dogs.