This year I went about it a lot different. I was waiting on some projects to kick off and had little to do so I packed the family up and went to the ocean for a week. Yup I took an October vacation.
I will tell you right now that it was fantastic and much needed.
Back in the days gone by when I had a lot of employees running around I used to take quite a bit of time off. The reason was I needed to chill out. Running a very busy business is extremely hard on a persons soul. It can ruin your mind and create a major asshole. I would work 4.5 days a week and never on the weekend. Those 4 days might have been 12 hour days but Friday I always left at 9-10am after going over the books, signing checks and addressing any unforeseen issues.
Over the last 4 years of being a skeleton crew has left me with a lot less time to chill out and that has become a major problem. Being an army of one can only go on for so long.
Back when I was a worker bee I used to criticize the owners for taking more time off than anyone else. I never understood how a person could do such a thing and I now believe that deep down I was just jealous.
Worker bees may never understand because they are technicians and only have to hold up their end. The owner on the other hand has to steer the ship, deal with the worker bees and all of the other stuff that can land on a person on any given day. Sometimes it's pretty thick.
Another very important thing that I have learned over the years of being in business is that anything that happens is my fault. Yes the technician can cause the initial damage or a client can do something stupid but at the end of the day it's my fault.
Who does anyone turn to in crisis? Who does anyone remember being the shit heal? Yes that's right the owner.
At the end of the day the owner is the wheel grease, the nuts and bolts and the pilot of a company. The worker bees are very important components but the owner is and always will be in front and have the most pressure.
A lot of people that follow this blog have no idea what it is like to have 200k in receivables and no one wants to pay, have 50k due in payroll the next day and have nothing in the bank to pay them with and then have to get on the phone and hustle of a quick 50k.
That is just an example of a situation. There are so many it's just crazy.
Time off, when it can be taken has just as much if not more value than the job itself. A clear head makes for a better business man.
Peace out surveyors, make it a great week.