We had the good fortune of connecting with Dave Taylor and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Dave, have there been any changes in how you think about work-life balance?
Like so many entrepreneurs, balancing work and the rest of my life is a challenge. There are times when I work for a few hours each day – or take a week or two off entirely – but there are also other times when I’m putting in a solid 8-10 hours per day, 7 days a week. What’s great, though, is that I have infinite flexibility, so when my children were younger, I would schedule my time so post-school afternoons were always free. From 2pm to 6pm or so, I was never available for calls, meetings, presentations, etc. Now I find that with increasingly savvy utilization of automation I can put in fewer hours to free up my time and schedule, even as it appears I’m working all hours of every day.
Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
I’ve been entrepreneurial since I was a teenager, always with some side hustle or another. I’ve done a few stints in larger corporations, but those have been mostly a chance to learn about management, workflow and gain access to the resources of big business. I’m at my happiest and most productive when I’m captain of my own ship, however, and from a creative perspective, I do my best work when I’m inspired and enthused. That’s hard to do when you have to answer to a boss. Having said that, I’ve also been blessed to be successful at my entrepreneurial endeavors, which has helped me stay the course when things have gotten difficult or the economy has slowed down, etc.
Let’s say your best friend was visiting the area and you wanted to show them the best time ever. Where would you take them? Give us a little itinerary – say it was a week long trip, where would you eat, drink, visit, hang out, etc.
I love the Denver Museum of Nature & Science; from the cafe for a light meal to the various exhibits to the beautiful park area, it’s a lovely day spent in the city. Downtown Denver is fun too, with an obligatory stop both at Union Station and the Tattered Cover bookstore. I’ve also enjoyed taking friends to downtown Longmont for an old fashioned urban walk – with a stop for coffee at La Bella Vita – followed by a walk around one of the many trails in the area.
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
There’s no one person I can credit with my success; it’s been a long parade of generous, smart and sharing people who have been happy to talk and offer their wisdom and perspective to help me grow my various consulting and entrepreneurial enterprises. As a result, part of what I am focused on is giving back, because it is indeed all just a great circle…