Don’t ask an entrepreneur “how are you,” unless you got 10 minutes.

Via Waylon Lewis
on Apr 29, 2010
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It was a long sad hard good chapter of his life called Losing, Rebuilding, Losing some more.

Phone rings. “How are you,” a kindly naive friend asked.

The young man wasn’t all so very young, anymore, and he answered slowly:

“Heavily depressed this afternoon, but in a good way…something brewing. Probably just tired. Got to work alone (no staff or interns today), so that was nice. Worked at home covered in blankets. Worked at Atlas, then Tee & Cakes cafés. Tried to listen to Edward Sharpe again and again, but hard to write while doing so. Had a salted caramel cupcake, talked with Ari, life is good. Everyone petting Redford all day as he lies belly up soaking in the sun.

Barely made it home, so tired. Walked dog in cold wet Spring evening dim sun with friends. Fell deep asleep after watching first five minutes of Affair to Remember. Woke up, it was still early evening.

Cooking dinner, the neighborhood’s lights go out. Come back on. Go out again. Stay out. So I lit candles, finished cooking, ate in the half-glowy dark.

Now, the lights are back and I’m working again a bit.

Can’t wait until this long, hard chapter of my life is resolved. elephant is starting to rock, and our “grassroots sustainability network” new media model is building. By August 11, foreclosure date, I’ll have saved/lost my home. If homeless, I’ll be gone. If still have home, that’ll mean I’m financially stable for first time since killed the magazine. It’s all about June 17.”

“Okayyy,” friend said, retreating.  “Stay in touch!”


About Waylon Lewis

Waylon Lewis, founder of elephant magazine, now & host of Walk the Talk Show with Waylon Lewis, is a 1st generation American Buddhist “Dharma Brat." Voted #1 in U.S. on twitter for #green two years running, Changemaker & Eco Ambassador by Treehugger, Green Hero by Discovery’s Planet Green, Best (!) Shameless Self-Promoter at Westword's Web Awards, Prominent Buddhist by Shambhala Sun, & 100 Most Influential People in Health & Fitness 2011 by "Greatist", Waylon is a mediocre climber, lazy yogi, 365-day bicycle commuter & best friend to Redford (his rescue hound). His aim: to bring the good news re: "the mindful life" beyond the choir & to all those who didn't know they gave a care. | His first book, Things I would like to do with You, is now available.


One Response to “Don’t ask an entrepreneur “how are you,” unless you got 10 minutes.”

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    Lara, Shoshana, Sandja, and 5 others like this.

    Stephanie Bernstein
    Haha . . .

    Joshua H. Doolittle
    also dangerous is "what do you do?"

    Christopher Spiewak
    Damn, I know that "if i don't make this work i'm gonna lose my house" feeling but no matter how impossible, it's still possible<<< and that's the BEST part about being an entrepreneur, the outcome is still in your hands! Rock on W!

    Neil Galland
    I am enjoying that Joshua H. Doolittle posted warning of the dangers of asking, "what do you do?".

    Paul L
    I think an entrepreneur wouldn't waste 10 minutes unless they were going to make a buck with it. Enterpreneur belief "time is money".

    Waylon Lewis
    Steve Demos spent 15 years, or something, he'll always remind me and other green-minded entrepreneurs, working his butt off before everything felt into place and he could make bucket loads of money (and change world for the better). The notion that success short-term is the only kind of success is silly. You plant a seed, it can take time to come to fruition. Doesn't mean that time is ill-spent.

    Paul L
    Ah yes, green entrepreneurs would be different then the entrepreneurs that I most used to.

    Ellin Todd
    right 'Way', and you planted an elephant…humm…slow grower, and eats a lot…"and in the end…the love you take, is equal to the love you make"

    Lara K
    So True!!!

    Waylon Lewis
    Righto, Paul.