I’ve got to share my thoughts tonight about some more personal growth and inspiration I received while watching one of my childhood favorites, Hook (1991).

If you’re taking the time to read this, chances are we probably share a common trait. I’d guess you and I are both hardworking, dedicated, and passionate about our career. It’s a good thing, right?

Each day this week started before sunrise, and before anyone else in the home woke. Within 10 minutes of waking up, I’m in front of a computer getting to work. Honestly don’t feel bad, I like working that early. Some days I’m turning on the lights at Domo, other days I stay at my desk at home. When I return home after a full day I’m back into my office trying to wrap up some fun Winspear Design projects.

Over the last 3 months, I’ve designed 2 apps, and designed/built two websites. It’s been a lot more than I usually bite off at one time. Woof.

To close off a crazy week, I wanted to spend some time with my kids. Not because I’m a great father, but because they deserved some Dad time after I was busy pretty much every day this week. I could go on for hours talking about how well intended I am in working so hard, but I’m sure you get it. Let me just summarize by saying, I work hard to provide the best life possible for my wife and three kids.

Within 20 minutes of the movie start, I’m fighting back tears. Yeah, behind the beard I’m a huge softy.

This is what got me…

Boom… hit me right in the feels.

Every now and then I need this reminder. I get so caught up in the hustle and grind. I love it, really I do. I love my work and I love to work. Make your own luck right?

My dad hit me with similar advice early last summer when I was telling him how much time I have been putting into the yard to make it look good. Thinking he’d respect that decision (I mean, the dude made me mow the lawn twice a week in the summers to keep it looking like a golf course) I waited to hear his joke or praise. Instead, he hit me in the feels with this, “Just remember your kids are only 3 and 5 once. “

I write this tonight to help the next guy. The hustle and grind type. I salute you. Sincerely. I just implore you tonight to keep the bigger perspective. Strive to maintain balance. You may be in a similar position, slightly different, but I think the same insight can be applied.

I’m all ears if you’ve got similar wisdom I can learn from. Let me know below in the comments.