Editor’s note: this is a guest post by Artem Fedyaev
I got married at the end of July in Barcelona. I live in San Francisco. Wedding planning is not my specialty, especially overseas wedding planning. Between the dance lessons I had to take for the big night, soccer practice, travelling halfway around the world to see relatives for their anniversaries, entertaining guests, getting acquainted with my new city, keeping up to date with my favorite sports teams and tuxedo fittings, I was also working on getting my tech startup out of Beta by September, and I still am.
I’m juggling development, marketing, advertising, interns, trips to Costco for office snacks, working with employees and cleaning up after the company dog Roomsy. Forget sleep, it’s become as foreign to me as a slow walk through knee-deep snow in my hometown of Moscow.
I guess I’ve always been a professional multi-tasker, tackling whatever’s on my plate and then asking for seconds, and then thirds. My internet life seems to mirror my personal life in many ways, and if you’re a multipotentialite like me, you’ve probably got 20 tabs open. Three on news sites, 4 on sports scores, 1 for the weather, 5 on social media, 6 on tech sites, and 1 on Google images. This used to be my problem. Until I came up with a solution. While I was working on one project in my dorm room in 2011, I started working on a prototype for another project that eventually took me from Rhode Island to Silicon Valley and on to San Francisco.
I didn’t realize how this project would change my life and how much time I would devote towards it. I’m no superhero, I get tired just like everyone else, but I’ve found that what leads me to continue on and forego one of life’s little pleasures, sleeping in, is that I’m fulfilling my own destiny and realize that I really can have it all if I work hard to achieve my goals.
I’m now the founder of MyWebRoom.com, a new way to browse and experience the internet. I created the site to simplify the browsing experience for multipotentialites like me. It wasn’t an easy path though, and every step along the way has presented it’s own challenges.
If you run across a barrier that’s preventing you from working or socializing in a manner you think is effective, try channeling your struggles into a project that will help other people solve the same roadblocks you’re encountering. You have the chance to help others become more productive and more connected. You may need to devote all of your time, or at least a big chunk of it, to your new venture in the beginning, but it’s worth it if your product or idea provides a source of inspiration or a streamlined way to approach an everyday problem. You’ll find fulfillment knowing that you’re possibly helping people everywhere overcome a challenge.
If I had given up and just thrown my idea out the window, I probably would have moved onto another project because the multipotentialite in me would wonder what else I could achieve in this time. But sometimes it’s good to stay focused, to aim for a goal, especially one that you truly think is going to change the way people interact.
In between writing hundreds of thank you cards to my wedding guests, masterminding MyWebRoom, and mimicking Inter Milan moves at football practice, I’m not sure if I need a fourth serving on my plate at the moment. But I am sure I could use a solid night of sleep right about now.
What about you? What projects keep you up at night?
Artem Fedyaev is a world traveler, who lived in 4 different countries, and drove across 2 continents! He has a degree in international business, and currently is a founder of his own internet startup, which he started in his college dorm.