Eric Lefkofsky is the current CEO of Groupon and founder of Lightbank. He also teaches business at the University of Chicago. Eric recently sat down and had an interview with A Drink With at the Motel Bar, a place he frequents regularly for a great southwestern chicken salad and french fries. He calls them his staples.
He explains that things can get a little tricky when trying to shut down for the day, spend time with his family, or when people ask him about his fascination with money he has had since he was a child. He goes on to explain that the value of what you want to do can be measured by outside means. For example, he explains to his interviewer that doctors are judged by the number of lives they save. Lawyers are judged by the number of cases they win, or where they are in a big firm. Young entrepreneurs are judged based on how much money they can make. Yet, now that he is only focusing on few companies rather than many, he is enjoying himself much more.
However, he also warns up and coming entrepreneurs to not focus singly on just making money. At some point, you are just going to have more than you could ever handle. Sometimes, you need to splurge. He also says that sometimes people overlook important details, such as the age of a company, and jump right into being negative. Sometimes people have a harder time dealing with that, but it is all okay. What you need is a drive to succeed, and the ability to take few moments and take care of yourself too. For example, he flew private after one of his first ventures and it was life-changing for him, and after another, he spent some time traveling. He says being logical and keeping your emotions in check make for strong qualities in himself which helps him in his ventures.
Sure he has been getting some grief in the media and his life as of late. However, looking through the interview with him shows that sometimes, people are people and they have lives and interests just like the rest of us.