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<h1>Why you need your own company</h1>
It was early 2008.
I had agreed to <a href="/bye-bye-baby">sell my company</a> — my sole obsession of the last 10 years.
The paperwork was processing.
I hated having 85 employees.
It had become a little hell.
I needed to get away and clear my mind.
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I went as far away as I could — to a hot-springs Shinto shrine on a volcano at the southern tip of Japan.
I sat silently.
I slept to the sounds of the sea.
I could not have been more relaxed.
My head was empty.
For the first time in ten years, I had nothing I needed to do.
What a relief, right?
Can you imagine?
I brought along the great book “<a href="http://www.poorcharliesalmanack.com/seeking_wisdom.php">Seeking Wisdom</a>”, and read in my peaceful Japanese ocean-facing room.
The book was great.
<a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Charlie_Munger">Charlie Munger</a>’s thoughts on behavioral finance were brilliant and contrarian.
This book was inspiring all kinds of entrepreneurial ideas that I wanted to try!
When I was at CD Baby, I’d be able to play with new ideas immediately.
Any time I had an idea, I’d be able to test it out within days.
But now, for the first time in 10 years, <strong>since I had no company, I couldn’t test out these new ideas!</strong>
All I could do was read, think, and maybe write about it.
Then I realized why I need to start a new company.
Not for the money.
Not because I’m “bored”.
But because <strong>a company is a laboratory to try your ideas</strong>.
The word “laboratory” is defined as a room for research, experimentation or analysis.
I think of it as a sandbox or playpen.
Realizing this in my peaceful hot-springs, I caught a train back to <a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fukuoka">Fukuoka</a>, and jumped into action.
I started <a href="http://muckwork.com/">MuckWork</a> so I could play with <a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Crowdsourcing">crowdsourcing</a> while helping people get their boring work done.
I re-launched <a href="http://musicthoughts.com/">MusicThoughts</a> to experiment with a fully multi-lingual site.
And this made me happier than doing nothing.
This isn’t work, it’s play.
It’s my place to try my ideas.
We all need some time off.
A change of scene and pace.
Silence and solace if we’re stressed.
Reckless adrenaline if we’re in a rut.
But for those of us who think that an eternal escape from work would be paradise, don’t forget that <strong>we all need a playground</strong>, and your own company is one of the best playgrounds of all.
There’s a great quote from Australian psychiatrist W. Béran Wolfe:
“If you observe a really happy man you will find him building a boat, writing a symphony, educating his son, or looking for dinosaur eggs in the Gobi Desert.”
And another from psychologist Sonja Lyubomirsky:
“Find a happy person, and you will find a project.”
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© 2009 <a href="https://sive.rs/">Derek Sivers</a>.
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