The Importance of Taking a Break

We’ve all been there – we pour our heart and soul into building what we so passionately believe in.  It consumes us.  Maybe it’s a side gig that takes up every waking hour outside of your regular job, or it might be your primary focus morning, noon, and night.  It’s your baby after all.  Your business.  So it deserves no less than your full attention, and rightfully so.

According to Forbes one of the key reasons start-ups succeed is the “entrepreneur does not ignore anything”.  This means that you’re constantly vigilant, thinking about how to improve your product, improve your processes, hire and train the right people, address the competition, protect your intellectual property, make sure that Mrs. Smith’s package arrives on time, etc.  The list is endless, and it’s easy to forget why you started the business in the first place and what’s truly important in life. Things like family may have fallen to the wayside at times.  Friends have gone neglected.  Unless you have a solid handle on these, it’s an easy trap to fall into, certainly one that I’ve been guilty of on more than one occasion.

So as the holidays approach (and maybe a little after if your sales are dependent on the holidays!), take a break and spend time with family or reach out to a friend you haven’t seen in a while.  Life is short as they say, but that’s so cliché that we sometimes don’t realize the gravity of the statement.  The average life expectancy in Canada is around 82 years.  As I write this, statistically I have 35 years ahead of me. That’s 35 more Christmas’ – that’s not a lot!  How many seasons do you have left to make and foster your family and friend connections? Take some time out to re-connect, to recharge your batteries, and appreciate the truly important things in life! You’ll come back to your business recharged and refreshed, ready to give it your best again.

Written by Andreas Zapletal on behalf of Open People Network

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