We actually took a break after 5 years of building our own enterprise. We worked really hard in those 5 years to find and build THE product that would make us a good living.
We worked for clients to pay the bills together with always trying to get the product out there making money. We actually build a pretty successful e-commerce store here in the Czech Republic, but it's a marginal business that doesn't benefit from having 1 produce designer and 2 developers in the team that much, so we let my brother took over that business and continued on our journey for searching the right product for us.
We ended building Sponseasy with @jordan971 for one year, but as two different units (our team and Jordan's team) we did have a bit different vision for the product and how it should be executed, so to ease the stress we decided not to continue together.
At that time we were really down. We neglected many things in our personal lives just so we could put all the time to kick off the desired product.
And all the failures and things you push behind (like paying bills to the state) really start to build upon your back and start to pressure you. You feel you need to build something profitable ASAP. And that's not good. Building a business truly requires patience.
Thus we decided to take this job for a scaling startup in Czechia as an innovation team. It fitted us actually. We were quite good at spotting good opportunities and bringing them to life thanks to our experience from trying to build our own business.
And that period was actually a blessing for us. We had time to step back, recharge, and refill our creativity. We finally had time to take care of all the personal affairs. We also learned our true value. Because when you build your own business and you feel like you are not successful you are actually not sure how good you are. Being in a bigger team helps you realize that.
And trust me, most of you here are better than the 90% of people who work for others. You got a unique skill set and mindset that can help other businesses grow.
Btw. if anyone is interested to get more information about why we think taking a break is a good thing for you check out our discussion here: https://youtu.be/1o-Dm3UT1i0
Again, thanks @chrispattle for inspiring me!