Monday, 23 December 2013

Billy's Christmas Law: Give yourself a gift this year.

Man does not live by bread alone.
Matthew 4:4
Merry Christmas!  For Christians, this is the season for remembering the birth of Jesus Christ hence this week's quote. So here is my Christmas message for all of you...for what it is worth.
Running a business is all consuming.  Long days and nights, working weekends are all 'a part of the territory;' especially when you are in those early stages. This level of 'workaholism' often becomes habitual.  Many entrepreneurs see high levels of workload and stress as normal, and while the evenings and weekends may no longer be necessary, the work-style (for it is hardly a life-style) remains the same.

There are commercial and personal ramifications from this behaviour. From a commercial perspective, I remain unconvinced that this level of work is effective.  Tired work is ineffective work and often lacks creativity or efficiency.  From a personal perspective, devotion to business may hurt your devotion to your family and even your devotion to yourself. 

So here is my Christmas wish for all of you.  Give yourself the gift of time.  Get away...get some exercise...go to a a book (preferably a non-business book).  In short - get a life away from your business. For those of you who spend time on the road, don’t forget your health…especially diet and exercise.

Make yourself and your family your priority for this year.  Not only might you enjoy your new lifestyle, I believe that your business will benefit greatly.  You will think more clearly, work more efficiently and your employees might even get the sense that you trust them to do things without them.  To put this into more commercial terms...take this year to make an investment in you. 

I wish all of you a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.  I hope you are prosperous in all the ways that matter for you and for your family, and that 2014 is a year for growth and development both for the enterprise and for the entrepreneur.

No comments:

Post a Comment