Tom Peters once said that if you’re not totally drained after giving a speech — if you don’t feel like you need to collapse on a bed — then you didn’t give it enough energy.
My current exhaustion is a total physical experience. My legs are tired, arms tired, feet tired. This is different than just mild mental tiredness I feel after above-average intellectual exertion.
The past few days have been intense — speak in Dallas, fly to Raleigh, speak Duke/UNC, fly to Philly, speak Temple/Wharton/Drexel, now to Jersey for a couple off days before New Orleans this weekend and Boston next week.
Fortunately I’ve been able to maintain a high level of energy for all my interactions. I’m meeting some amazing people (young and old) and am constantly re-charged by their enthusiasm and intelligence. And I’m ready to kick-butt over the next two weeks.
Suffice to say, my life at the moment is a blur of hotel rooms. But it’s worth it.