"It occurred to me that the problem with doing nothing is not knowing when you're finished." — Plum Island by Nelson Demille.

I have been trying over the years to come to an understanding of the right balance for my side projects. Too many weeknights are filled with "I should work on side project X tonight"... along with the following night, and the night after that. It often does not happen.

I feel like I am finally starting to learn to set aside a minimum number of nights to work, and give myself the other time to just relax, watch tv, read, etc. The road here has been long and winding. In my youth I lacked discipline. Now sometimes I feel like I may have too much, or maybe I'm not living up to my own expectations of discipline. Either way, it's self-defeating. Balance is needed.

Drive is something that I think is invaluable. As Justine Musk said "be obsessed, be obsessed, be obsessed" if you really want extreme success. One thing I think that is left out is that you can be obsessed, have the drive, and plenty of skills, but part of the equation of the extremely successful is luck. Timing, your real social network (not Facebook, et al.), access to resources ($/time) are huge when it comes to being an extreme success.

We must remember the reasons why we are doing the things we do. For people like me, who have side projects or things they enjoy doing in their spare time, it must be balanced with taking some time away from those things.

As my wife Sam told me this weekend, "sometimes the best thing you can do is nothing."

Nothing's Wrong by Stir
Settle for Nothing by Rage Against the Machine
Nothing Left to Say/Rocks by Imagine Dragons
Nothing Left to Say by Staind
Nothing Else Matters by Metallica
Nothing by The Script
Money for Nothing by Dire Straits
Something from Nothing by Foo Fighters
Next to Nothing by Breaking Benjamin
Nothing is Everything by Tonic