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INVENTOR/ENTREPRENEUR, IN-DEPTH: Finding The Balance In Running A Small Business

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Robert, an inventor and the owner of Carlson Designs, describes the challenges of his job, what he likes most, his key decisions, how difficult getting into the industry is, and work-life balance. Robert talks about solving work-life imbalances by blurring the line between work and fun - it helps when what you have fun doing is spending all day creating new inventions.

Job Title: Inventor, Owner of Carlson Designs
Employer: Self-Employed

Job Summary: Entrepreneurs

Job Description

Entrepreneurship is the pursuit of opportunity without regard to resources currently controlled. An entrepreneur sees an opportunity and exercises initiative by organizing a venture to turn an idea into reality. An entrepreneur is often seen as a business leader and innovator of new ideas and business processes.

On-the-Job Training

No

Additional Info

Entrepreneurship is defined by risks and rewards. Most people who become entrepreneurs are more comfortable with risks; prefer unstructured working and learning environments and collaborating with small team of people.

Quick Facts

Average salary
Average salary
National Statistic Change Location
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$0 - $200,000
Projected job growth
Projected Job Growth
Not applicable
Typical schedule
Typical schedule
Varies Widely, Full-time, Long hours
Typical workplace
Typical workplace
Home, Indoor, Office, Remote
Personal qualities
Personal Qualities
Adventurous, Courageous, Creativity, Leadership ability, Problem solving skills, Public speaking ability, Teamwork, Verbal communication skills, Networking, Organizational skills, People skills

Educational Path

Education requirement
Education Requirement
Bachelor's degree
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P3.instances[0].transcript.parse_transcript_data({"transcript":"<p><span m='410'>My</span> <span m='530'>favorite</span> <span m='860'>part</span> <span m='1160'>of</span> <span m='1675'>the</span> <span m='1940'>daily</span> <span m='2780'>job</span> <span m='3180'>is</span> <span m='3360'>getting</span> <span m='3640'>the</span> <span m='3740'>tools</span> <span m='5034'>that</span> <span m='5880'>do</span> <span m='5950'>processes</span> <span m='6540'>faster</span> <span m='6990'>and better.</span> <span m='7700'>Because when</span> <span m='7880'>you</span> <span m='7960'>make</span> <span m='8160'>a</span> <span m='8230'>tool,</span> <span m='8600'>a really</span> <span m='8810'>good</span> <span m='8960'>tool,</span> <span m='9780'>that will</span> <span m='10190'>make the</span> <span m='10280'>product</span> <span m='10550'>cleaner,</span> <span m='10760'>faster, better</span> <span m='11330'>and</span> <span m='11550'>you</span> <span m='11630'>get</span> <span m='11790'>to</span> <span m='11880'>keep</span> <span m='12140'>the</span> <span m='12270'>tool</span> <span m='12510'>for</span> <span m='12620'>the</span> <span m='12700'>next</span> <span m='13150'>zillion</span> <span m='13760'>years,</span> <span m='14340'>and it</span> <span m='14410'>makes</span> <span m='14670'>your</span> <span m='14820'>company</span> <span m='15140'>grow,</span> <span m='16470'>be</span> <span m='16580'>better,</span> <span m='16920'>faster,</span> <span m='17420'>stronger,</span> <span m='18300'>and</span> <span m='18470'>it's</span> <span m='18610'>really</span> <span m='18830'>gratifying.</span> </p><p><span m='19270'>Because</span> <span m='19390'>if</span> <span m='19500'>you</span> <span m='19600'>work</span> <span m='19780'>for</span> <span m='19880'>some</span> <span m='20060'>other</span> <span m='20280'>guy</span> <span m='21100'>and</span> <span m='21480'>then you</span> <span m='21620'>invent</span> <span m='22025'>something,</span> <span m='22430'>or print</span> <span m='22750'>processes</span> <span m='23170'>for him,</span> <span m='23445'>it's gone.</span> <span m='24040'>It belongs</span> <span m='24460'>to him.</span> <span m='25700'>For</span> <span m='25840'>me,</span> <span m='26910'>I get to</span> <span m='27400'>keep all of</span> <span m='27890'>my</span> <span m='28380'>improvements. It</span> <span m='28870'>gets better</span> <span m='29340'>and better.</span> </p><p><span m='29530'>And then it's</span> <span m='29760'>challenging</span> <span m='30230'>to</span> <span m='30460'>work</span> <span m='30780'>with</span> <span m='30860'>the</span> <span m='30940'>geometry</span> <span m='31255'>and</span> <span m='31570'>try to solve</span> <span m='32220'>these</span> <span m='32500'>problems</span> <span m='32800'>without</span> <span m='33570'>investing</span> <span m='34010'>$200,000</span> <span m='35110'>in</span> <span m='35365'>CNC</span> <span m='35620'>machines--</span> <span m='36920'>doing</span> <span m='37030'>it</span> <span m='37200'>simply with</span> <span m='37680'>just</span> <span m='37990'>wood,</span> <span m='38480'>plastic,</span> <span m='38940'>aluminum,</span> <span m='40604'>and</span> <span m='41020'>cutting it</span> <span m='41280'>up</span> <span m='41420'>yourself</span> <span m='41970'>and</span> <span m='42390'>just</span> <span m='43010'>using</span> <span m='43220'>basic</span> <span m='43580'>geometry</span> <span m='44015'>and</span> <span m='45318'>conic</span> <span m='45752'>methods.</span> </p><p><span m='47000'>I'm an</span> <span m='47380'>old</span> <span m='47570'>math</span> <span m='47900'>guy, so</span> <span m='48300'>I</span> <span m='48360'>like doing that.</span> <span m='49080'>So</span> <span m='49270'>that's</span> <span m='49560'>the</span> <span m='49640'>fun--</span> <span m='50220'>challenge</span> <span m='50540'>of</span> <span m='50620'>the</span> <span m='50700'>puzzle</span> <span m='51090'>aspect of it.</span> </p><p><span m='52060'>Apart</span> <span m='52300'>from</span> <span m='52470'>the</span> <span m='53150'>technical</span> <span m='53760'>aspect</span> <span m='54200'>of</span> <span m='54440'>investing</span> <span m='54850'>and</span> <span m='55000'>making</span> <span m='55310'>tools</span> <span m='56100'>and working with</span> <span m='56340'>geometry,</span> <span m='57000'>the fun part of the</span> <span m='57450'>job</span> <span m='57680'>is</span> <span m='57800'>using</span> <span m='58130'>the</span> <span m='58220'>products.</span> <span m='59450'>My</span> <span m='59570'>favorite</span> <span m='59730'>product</span> <span m='60130'>was the</span> <span m='60300'>Down River</span> <span m='60620'>White Water</span> <span m='60980'>Boogie Board.</span> </p><p><span m='61840'>And</span> <span m='62270'>behind me,</span> <span m='62980'>you can see my brother</span> <span m='63420'>and</span> <span m='63570'>I</span> <span m='64250'>on the</span> <span m='64450'>Tuolumne</span> <span m='64860'>River</span> <span m='66510'>surfing</span> <span m='66880'>a place called</span> <span m='67300'>Steamboat</span> <span m='67850'>Rapid</span> <span m='68400'>at</span> <span m='68900'>2,500</span> <span m='69820'>cubic</span> <span m='70110'>feet</span> <span m='70270'>per</span> <span m='70420'>second.</span> <span m='70705'>It was</span> <span m='70990'>a super</span> <span m='71600'>incredible</span> <span m='72080'>day.</span> <span m='72280'>We</span> <span m='72450'>were there</span> <span m='72590'>for</span> <span m='73550'>about</span> <span m='73850'>four</span> <span m='74080'>hours,</span> <span m='74430'>surfing</span> <span m='74580'>and</span> <span m='74810'>surfing</span> <span m='74980'>and surfing.</span> </p><p><span m='75510'>And</span> <span m='75760'>we were</span> <span m='75990'>doing</span> <span m='76210'>stunts</span> <span m='76720'>and it</span> <span m='77130'>was</span> <span m='78350'>just</span> <span m='78730'>wonderful.</span> <span m='79160'>And I</span> <span m='79340'>wished</span> <span m='79570'>I could</span> <span m='79760'>do</span> <span m='79870'>it</span> <span m='79970'>more.</span> </p><p><span m='80270'>And so</span> <span m='80460'>the</span> <span m='80580'>challenge</span> <span m='80970'>now</span> <span m='81330'>is</span> <span m='81450'>to</span> <span m='81590'>organize</span> <span m='81970'>my</span> <span m='82070'>work</span> <span m='83130'>so</span> <span m='83340'>that I</span> <span m='83450'>have</span> <span m='83670'>time</span> <span m='83880'>to</span> <span m='83940'>go</span> <span m='84100'>do</span> <span m='84250'>the</span> <span m='84340'>fun</span> <span m='84570'>things.</span> <span m='87070'>And</span> <span m='87450'>the</span> <span m='87720'>other</span> <span m='87890'>challenges</span> <span m='89130'>is not</span> <span m='89440'>going</span> <span m='89660'>bankrupt.</span> <span m='90430'>So</span> <span m='90610'>you</span> <span m='90830'>have</span> <span m='90960'>enough</span> <span m='91050'>jobs,</span> <span m='91765'>enough</span> <span m='92210'>work,</span> <span m='93160'>that</span> <span m='93430'>you</span> <span m='93710'>can</span> <span m='93910'>survive.</span> <span m='94900'>And then</span> <span m='95060'>if</span> <span m='95170'>you</span> <span m='95520'>have</span> <span m='95900'>so</span> <span m='96130'>much</span> <span m='96350'>work,</span> <span m='96770'>you</span> <span m='96920'>work</span> <span m='97150'>all</span> <span m='97290'>the</span> <span m='97370'>time,</span> <span m='97800'>and</span> <span m='97880'>then</span> <span m='98000'>you</span> <span m='98130'>can't</span> <span m='98630'>have</span> <span m='99550'>any of the</span> <span m='99670'>super</span> <span m='100013'>fun things.</span> </p><p><span m='101340'>And</span> <span m='101690'>so</span> <span m='101860'>you've got</span> <span m='101950'>to</span> <span m='102260'>balance</span> <span m='102605'>all of that,</span> <span m='102950'>and balance</span> <span m='103320'>all</span> <span m='103420'>that</span> <span m='103720'>out</span> <span m='104445'>is</span> <span m='104930'>really</span> <span m='105620'>the</span> <span m='105940'>hard</span> <span m='106330'>part,</span> <span m='106590'>the good</span> <span m='106850'>part, the</span> <span m='107210'>challenging</span> <span m='107640'>part</span> <span m='108530'>of</span> <span m='108660'>doing</span> <span m='108900'>the</span> <span m='109250'>job.</span> </p><p><span m='109680'>One of the</span> <span m='109860'>key</span> <span m='110270'>decisions</span> <span m='111070'>that</span> <span m='111470'>helped me</span> <span m='111660'>get here</span> <span m='111910'>was,</span> <span m='114200'>in</span> <span m='114280'>general,</span> <span m='114690'>was</span> <span m='114790'>always</span> <span m='115060'>believing</span> <span m='115565'>in myself, believing</span> <span m='115860'>in my</span> <span m='116260'>ideas,</span> <span m='117530'>wanting</span> <span m='117920'>to</span> <span m='117980'>be</span> <span m='118140'>creative,</span> <span m='119230'>and then</span> <span m='119570'>always</span> <span m='119940'>keeping</span> <span m='120210'>the</span> <span m='120310'>small</span> <span m='120590'>business</span> <span m='121180'>no matter what</span> <span m='121360'>happened.</span> </p><p><span m='122140'>In</span> <span m='122220'>the</span> <span m='122310'>early</span> <span m='122520'>years,</span> <span m='122710'>when</span> <span m='122820'>I</span> <span m='122850'>wasn't</span> <span m='123030'>making</span> <span m='123280'>too</span> <span m='123380'>much</span> <span m='123530'>money,</span> <span m='123790'>I had</span> <span m='124030'>other</span> <span m='124280'>jobs--</span> <span m='124620'>corporate</span> <span m='124980'>jobs.</span> <span m='126430'>But</span> <span m='126610'>I</span> <span m='126660'>always</span> <span m='126960'>kept</span> <span m='127140'>the</span> <span m='127270'>little</span> <span m='127610'>small</span> <span m='127930'>business</span> <span m='128270'>going.</span> <span m='129586'>And</span> <span m='130080'>I</span> <span m='130150'>could</span> <span m='130310'>always</span> <span m='130520'>compare</span> <span m='131009'>how</span> <span m='131200'>I</span> <span m='131260'>was</span> <span m='131490'>feeling</span> <span m='131760'>at</span> <span m='131860'>the</span> <span m='131950'>corporate</span> <span m='132300'>job</span> <span m='132560'>versus</span> <span m='133500'>working</span> <span m='133980'>on</span> <span m='134050'>my</span> <span m='134200'>own</span> <span m='134330'>business.</span> </p><p><span m='135430'>And</span> <span m='135720'>there</span> <span m='135810'>was</span> <span m='135960'>one</span> <span m='136160'>time,</span> <span m='137550'>20</span> <span m='137800'>years</span> <span m='138060'>ago,</span> <span m='139000'>where I</span> <span m='139310'>was</span> <span m='140200'>really</span> <span m='141190'>having</span> <span m='141380'>money</span> <span m='141610'>problems.</span> <span m='141910'>And I</span> <span m='141990'>had</span> <span m='142130'>this</span> <span m='142270'>corporate</span> <span m='142590'>job.</span> <span m='142760'>And they</span> <span m='142910'>offered</span> <span m='143240'>me</span> <span m='144850'>they'd</span> <span m='145500'>double</span> <span m='145910'>my salary,</span> <span m='146320'>double</span> <span m='146570'>my</span> <span m='146670'>time.</span> <span m='146980'>And I</span> <span m='147020'>really</span> <span m='147270'>had</span> <span m='147360'>to</span> <span m='147440'>choose</span> <span m='147700'>between</span> <span m='148990'>committing</span> <span m='149260'>to that</span> <span m='149560'>corporate</span> <span m='149880'>job</span> <span m='150190'>or</span> <span m='150990'>keeping</span> <span m='151160'>to</span> <span m='151310'>Carlson Designs.</span> </p><p><span m='152850'>And I</span> <span m='153220'>started</span> <span m='153550'>to</span> <span m='153630'>visualize</span> <span m='154240'>what</span> <span m='154310'>it'd be</span> <span m='154540'>like</span> <span m='154790'>in</span> <span m='154860'>this</span> <span m='155010'>corporation,</span> <span m='156380'>and</span> <span m='156490'>I</span> <span m='156560'>realized</span> <span m='156940'>I</span> <span m='156990'>would</span> <span m='157120'>just</span> <span m='157340'>be</span> <span m='157460'>miserable.</span> <span m='158230'>I mean,</span> <span m='158350'>I'd</span> <span m='158540'>have</span> <span m='158670'>a</span> <span m='158710'>little</span> <span m='158830'>bit</span> <span m='158950'>of</span> <span m='158990'>money,</span> <span m='159440'>but</span> <span m='159640'>I</span> <span m='159800'>would give up</span> <span m='160090'>my</span> <span m='160170'>soul</span> <span m='160650'>and my</span> <span m='160750'>future.</span> <span m='161200'>So</span> <span m='161320'>I</span> <span m='161370'>just</span> <span m='161560'>said,</span> <span m='163560'>thanks</span> <span m='163770'>for</span> <span m='163860'>the</span> <span m='163970'>offer.</span> <span m='165610'>I</span> <span m='165730'>can't</span> <span m='165970'>do</span> <span m='166120'>it.</span> </p><p><span m='166550'>And</span> <span m='166920'>I</span> <span m='166970'>guess</span> <span m='167410'>you</span> <span m='167600'>can</span> <span m='167800'>formulate,</span> <span m='168360'>you</span> <span m='168460'>can</span> <span m='168590'>really</span> <span m='169320'>capitalize</span> <span m='169735'>it</span> <span m='170620'>as</span> <span m='171920'>never</span> <span m='172200'>quitting.</span> <span m='172460'>What's</span> <span m='172630'>unusual</span> <span m='172920'>about</span> <span m='173160'>me, and</span> <span m='173530'>people</span> <span m='173980'>tell</span> <span m='174230'>me</span> <span m='174380'>it's</span> <span m='174610'>unusual</span> <span m='174930'>about me,</span> <span m='175590'>is that</span> <span m='175680'>I</span> <span m='175960'>never quit.</span> <span m='176390'>I</span> <span m='176865'>didn't</span> <span m='177340'>give</span> <span m='177530'>up</span> <span m='177690'>the</span> <span m='177780'>business.</span> </p><p><span m='178340'>There's</span> <span m='178830'>been</span> <span m='178970'>lots</span> <span m='179280'>of</span> <span m='179330'>people</span> <span m='179540'>that have</span> <span m='180000'>invented</span> <span m='180310'>lots of</span> <span m='180370'>stuff, and</span> <span m='180680'>White Water,</span> <span m='181310'>and</span> <span m='181710'>there have</span> <span m='181930'>been lots of</span> <span m='181990'>small</span> <span m='182270'>business--</span> <span m='183730'>but</span> <span m='183930'>to</span> <span m='184050'>keep</span> <span m='184280'>at it,</span> <span m='184580'>to</span> <span m='184660'>keep</span> <span m='184860'>doing</span> <span m='185060'>it,</span> <span m='185150'>to</span> <span m='185250'>keep</span> <span m='185450'>believing</span> <span m='185800'>in it</span> <span m='186740'>is</span> <span m='186850'>unusual.</span> </p><p><span m='187260'>And</span> <span m='187350'>maybe</span> <span m='187630'>I</span> <span m='187670'>was</span> <span m='187830'>wrong</span> <span m='188555'>to</span> <span m='188910'>keep believing</span> <span m='189080'>in it.</span> <span m='189220'>Maybe it was just</span> <span m='189490'>stubbornness.</span> <span m='190080'>Or</span> <span m='190650'>maybe</span> <span m='190870'>it</span> <span m='190950'>was</span> <span m='191240'>real.</span> <span m='191840'>I</span> <span m='192100'>believed</span> <span m='192760'>in it</span> <span m='193060'>because</span> <span m='193330'>I</span> <span m='193550'>really</span> <span m='194080'>felt I was</span> <span m='194500'>really</span> <span m='194860'>making a real</span> <span m='195270'>contribution.</span> </p><p><span m='196770'>And I</span> <span m='196940'>think</span> <span m='197560'>that the</span> <span m='197800'>latter</span> <span m='197880'>thing</span> <span m='198080'>was</span> <span m='198510'>really</span> <span m='198750'>right.</span> <span m='198980'>So</span> <span m='199170'>if you</span> <span m='199435'>really</span> <span m='199700'>believe</span> <span m='199930'>in what you're</span> <span m='200050'>doing</span> <span m='200885'>and you have</span> <span m='201250'>something</span> <span m='201560'>valuable</span> <span m='201900'>to</span> <span m='201990'>contribute,</span> <span m='202780'>don't</span> <span m='203060'>give up on</span> <span m='203360'>it.</span> <span m='203620'>Just</span> <span m='203790'>keep</span> <span m='203960'>making</span> <span m='204230'>it</span> <span m='204320'>better</span> <span m='204570'>and</span> <span m='204650'>better</span> <span m='204990'>and</span> <span m='205210'>find people</span> <span m='205440'>that</span> <span m='205540'>love</span> <span m='205810'>what</span> <span m='205930'>you're</span> <span m='206070'>doing,</span> <span m='207000'>and work with</span> <span m='207390'>them.</span> <span m='207540'>Get them</span> <span m='207710'>to</span> <span m='207910'>support</span> <span m='208390'>you.</span> <span m='208610'>Find your</span> <span m='208980'>audience</span> <span m='209130'>that loves</span> <span m='209340'>you</span> <span m='209840'>and then you'll</span> <span m='210270'>love</span> <span m='210736'>your audience.</span> </p><p><span m='211670'>As</span> <span m='211860'>a</span> <span m='211900'>small</span> <span m='212200'>business</span> <span m='212560'>owner,</span> <span m='213290'>what is</span> <span m='213740'>your</span> <span m='213860'>work-life</span> <span m='214380'>balance?</span> <span m='214940'>Well,</span> <span m='215830'>I like</span> <span m='215960'>to</span> <span m='216050'>describe</span> <span m='216400'>my</span> <span m='216510'>job</span> <span m='216790'>as</span> <span m='216880'>CEO</span> <span m='217175'>and</span> <span m='217470'>janitor.</span> <span m='219310'>So</span> <span m='219480'>I do</span> <span m='219640'>all</span> <span m='219810'>the</span> <span m='219870'>big</span> <span m='220120'>decisions</span> <span m='221690'>and</span> <span m='222960'>sweep</span> <span m='223060'>up</span> <span m='223450'>the</span> <span m='223600'>dust at the</span> <span m='223700'>end</span> <span m='223820'>of</span> <span m='223970'>the.</span> </p><p><span m='224670'>So,</span> <span m='224980'>really,</span> <span m='225270'>there's</span> <span m='225420'>an</span> <span m='225600'>unlimited</span> <span m='226050'>amount of work,</span> <span m='226610'>and if</span> <span m='227740'>you</span> <span m='227920'>let the</span> <span m='228140'>work</span> <span m='228360'>expand,</span> <span m='229600'>it'll take</span> <span m='229820'>over</span> <span m='229980'>your</span> <span m='230270'>whole life.</span> <span m='230500'>And there's</span> <span m='230765'>sometimes</span> <span m='231030'>when</span> <span m='231140'>you</span> <span m='231240'>have</span> <span m='231550'>to</span> <span m='231640'>work</span> <span m='233080'>17</span> <span m='233290'>hours a day</span> <span m='234230'>to</span> <span m='234340'>make</span> <span m='234500'>your</span> <span m='234590'>deadlines,</span> <span m='235030'>to</span> <span m='235180'>invent</span> <span m='235360'>new</span> <span m='235480'>products,</span> <span m='236570'>to</span> <span m='236660'>pick</span> <span m='236840'>up</span> <span m='236930'>the</span> <span m='237000'>slack</span> <span m='237440'>when</span> <span m='237540'>your</span> <span m='237660'>workers</span> <span m='238050'>don't</span> <span m='238240'>show</span> <span m='238520'>up.</span> </p><p><span m='239870'>And</span> <span m='240190'>that's</span> <span m='240440'>really</span> <span m='240900'>hard.</span> <span m='241500'>But</span> <span m='241650'>if</span> <span m='241760'>you</span> <span m='241850'>don't</span> <span m='242080'>do</span> <span m='242200'>that</span> <span m='242380'>sometimes,</span> <span m='242760'>you</span> <span m='242860'>lose</span> <span m='243000'>your</span> <span m='243110'>business.</span> <span m='244190'>So</span> <span m='244400'>sometimes</span> <span m='244800'>you</span> <span m='244880'>have</span> <span m='244990'>to</span> <span m='245080'>work--</span> <span m='245610'>sometimes it</span> <span m='245760'>has to be</span> <span m='246250'>all</span> <span m='246620'>work.</span> <span m='246900'>But</span> <span m='247050'>then</span> <span m='247190'>you</span> <span m='247340'>always</span> <span m='247570'>have</span> <span m='247730'>to</span> <span m='247820'>schedule</span> <span m='249110'>times</span> <span m='249490'>when it's</span> <span m='249730'>all</span> <span m='249930'>play.</span> </p><p><span m='250740'>And I</span> <span m='251060'>realized</span> <span m='251710'>that</span> <span m='252090'>all work</span> <span m='252330'>and no</span> <span m='252670'>play</span> <span m='252970'>makes</span> <span m='253170'>Jack</span> <span m='253280'>an</span> <span m='253580'>old</span> <span m='253700'>boy.</span> <span m='255460'>It's easy</span> <span m='256010'>to fall</span> <span m='256350'>into that,</span> <span m='256720'>but</span> <span m='257660'>sometimes you have</span> <span m='258130'>to do that.</span> <span m='259540'>But</span> <span m='259920'>unfortunately,</span> <span m='261440'>I</span> <span m='261810'>really</span> <span m='262140'>love</span> <span m='262440'>inventing</span> <span m='262870'>things.</span> <span m='263180'>So</span> <span m='264450'>if I have</span> <span m='264690'>to</span> <span m='264800'>work,</span> <span m='265160'>I</span> <span m='265320'>can</span> <span m='265480'>make</span> <span m='265660'>myself</span> <span m='266110'>really</span> <span m='266610'>enjoy it</span> <span m='267730'>by</span> <span m='268390'>turning</span> <span m='268760'>it into</span> <span m='268980'>an invention-fest,</span> <span m='270860'>and</span> <span m='271360'>then I</span> <span m='271480'>don't</span> <span m='271810'>mind</span> <span m='271940'>doing</span> <span m='271980'>the</span> <span m='272200'>work.</span> </p><p><span m='274110'>And</span> <span m='276060'>so</span> <span m='277020'>I</span> <span m='277280'>get</span> <span m='277600'>kind</span> <span m='277750'>of</span> <span m='277830'>a</span> <span m='277920'>work-life</span> <span m='278700'>balance</span> <span m='279070'>by</span> <span m='279170'>making</span> <span m='279630'>my</span> <span m='279770'>work</span> <span m='280060'>my</span> <span m='280300'>life,</span> <span m='280610'>sometimes.</span> <span m='282380'>And not</span> <span m='282670'>everybody</span> <span m='283080'>really</span> <span m='283810'>can</span> <span m='284010'>enjoy</span> <span m='284660'>inventing</span> <span m='284960'>and building,</span> <span m='287050'>so</span> <span m='287240'>I</span> <span m='287350'>would advise,</span> <span m='288650'>if</span> <span m='288890'>you're</span> <span m='289120'>not</span> <span m='289380'>somebody</span> <span m='289590'>that</span> <span m='289700'>doesn't</span> <span m='290000'>enjoy</span> <span m='290900'>inventing and</span> <span m='291250'>working</span> <span m='291500'>and</span> <span m='291670'>building</span> <span m='291790'>and doing</span> <span m='292290'>everything</span> <span m='292830'>and</span> <span m='293190'>being creative</span> <span m='293550'>all</span> <span m='294020'>the</span> <span m='294090'>time,</span> <span m='294280'>then you</span> <span m='294520'>really</span> <span m='294740'>can't</span> <span m='295030'>be</span> <span m='295120'>in</span> <span m='295220'>a</span> <span m='295280'>small</span> <span m='295540'>manufacturing</span> <span m='296280'>business,</span> <span m='296720'>because</span> <span m='297590'>that's the</span> <span m='297680'>fun</span> <span m='297940'>and</span> <span m='298020'>that's</span> <span m='298300'>the</span> <span m='298390'>life.</span> </p><p><span m='299200'>You</span> <span m='299390'>really have</span> <span m='299540'>to</span> <span m='299660'>love</span> <span m='299900'>that.</span> <span m='300910'>But if you</span> <span m='301000'>do</span> <span m='301230'>love it,</span> <span m='302740'>consider</span> <span m='303140'>getting</span> <span m='303380'>into</span> <span m='303800'>it,</span> <span m='304365'>because</span> <span m='305330'>not</span> <span m='305560'>many</span> <span m='305700'>people</span> <span m='305950'>can</span> <span m='306060'>do</span> <span m='306250'>it</span> <span m='306505'>and it's</span> <span m='306760'>the</span> <span m='307000'>real</span> <span m='307340'>chance</span> <span m='307720'>to do</span> <span m='307840'>something</span> <span m='308130'>great</span> <span m='308430'>if you can</span> <span m='308730'>do it well.</span> </p>","file":{"id":255686,"video_id":"2698755392001","name":"68096515","duration":310228,"thumbnail_url":null}});