I am taking a vacation and for some reason, I find that very hard. This is not some woe is me rant. Yes, I am a workaholic but nowadays, who isn’t? We are all constantly tethered to our offices. We may try to disconnect, but few of us truly do. I think this is even worse for the entrepreneur. That is why I am writing this article. It serves as a wakeup call to my readers as to the importance of taking a break. Also, it is a reminder to me to let go and trust all will be okay upon my return.
Why is it so hard to separate from work? For me, there are a few reasons. First, I love what I do, it energizes me. I get a bit of an adrenaline rush, and if I am completely honest, I think I am addicted to that high. Another is a sense of duty. The entrepreneurs I work with are giving everything to their businesses and brands. I feel compelled to be there for them when they need me. I want them to know I have their backs. A third is fear. Yes, I am scared to leave. What if something important happens? What if there is an emergency or an opportunity?
Despite the above, here is why I am taking this vacation. This is the part of the article I plan to read every morning while I am away. The number one reason is simple. I’ve been lucky enough to be married to my amazing wife for 29-years. We’ve raised three awesome kids and we’ve reached the point in our lives where we get to enjoy the fruits of our labor. I don’t want to let these opportunities slip by and be left with regret. Additionally, we are traveling with good friends and are sure to create some lifelong memories we can sit back and smile about years from now when we find a need to invite them in during a moment of darkness. Plus, I love to travel and explore the world. It makes me more creative, inspired and feeds my innate curiosity.
The other truth, I am tired. I need a break, to recharge. I wish I didn’t. For some weird reason that makes me feel like a wimp, but I do and if I don’t, I am worried that I will become less effective and put my health at risk. So, I am going to do my best to let go. Yes, I plan to take calls, have a few meetings, and answer emails. But otherwise, I plan to laugh, explore, and enjoy.
I felt the need to share this not only for self-encouragement but also to encourage all of you. Even when the shit is hitting the fan, we have to unplug, let go, get out there and live our lives fully. That’s the only way we will experience life’s true richness. Not doing so is a sacrifice none of us should be willing make. Hopefully, I will see you on the road soon.