A life worth living!
Christmas week! You’ve worked your buns off all year, so I hope you’re taking this opportunity to spend time with the family and relax a bit.
If you’re in an industry where this is the busiest season, then make sure that you have some other serious time for refreshment, relaxation, and rebooting. Don’t let your business consume every waking moment of the year.
Because you also need to be satisfied with the life you’re living.
That can be a tough thing for people to get their minds around. In our culture, men especially feel an incessant attachment to work. Not doing work feels like you’re letting others down.
But are you really? What is the purpose of work, anyway?
Businesses have two primary resources they can budget: money and time. Often the business owner’s time is valued the lowest, because he or she is the one which has the most flexible payment terms.
After all, if an employee works for 40 hours, they expect to get paid for that time. If they don’t, they’ll walk away.
But that often means that any additional work, the most stressful stuff, lands on the small business owner. Often with no compensation at all.
If you started your business, then you probably thought that you were doing it for the fun and excitement, and so that you wouldn’t have to “answer to the boss” anymore. It’s a wonderful dream, and fuels so much growth of new startups.
What happens when the “boss” is the never-ending stress and demands of the company? And you can’t just walk away, because you care about it so much?
It’s your job to make sure you’re also getting some quality of life. Achieving your personal goals as well as the business mission.
Because the work will always grow to fill all available time. And more.
(If you’re reading this after getting back from a well-deserved vacation, thank you! I’m proud of you!)
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