Étienne Garbugli

Entrepreneur & Author of Lean B2B

It’s also about dancing and playing

By Étienne Garbugli | February 15, 2012 | 0 Comment

Last night I dreamt about work. This post is an early reminder not to forget about playing.

I’ve seen people before and after burnouts. They’re never the same. Trust me, you don’t want this.

I thought I was pretty good at maintaining work-life balance (I have several hobbies) but, turns out that, even if something isn’t work, it can feel like work (like checking the Internet when you work online…).

A few rules I’m setting for myself starting today…

  • Have a no work (or anything that feels like work) rule for at least 1 day a week.
  • Read a fun book for every business book I read.
  • Take advantage of my own schedule by doing something completely work-unrelated during the workday.
  • Do less each week but, seek more impact. We’ll see about that one…

You can’t burn life without burning yourself. And, frankly, is that really what you’re after?

If I can’t dance, I don’t want to be part of your revolution (Emma Goldman).

If the work you’re trying to do can’t possibly be done within 40-50 hours a week, is that really what you want to be doing?


Étienne Garbugli

Etienne works at the intersection of Technology, Product Design and Marketing. He’s a three-time Startup Founder, a five-time entrepreneur, and a UX research expert. Etienne is also the Author of Lean B2B: Build Products Businesses Want. Lean B2B is a framework used by thousands of entrepreneurs & innovators to reduce the risk of their B2B ventures.


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