What is the one thing Bill Gates, Michael Jordan, and Phil Stevenson have in common? It's not the money, for now at least, or the celebrity type fame. No, its the one thing we all have and use. This thing is only slightly different if you are orbiting the Earth in space, and even then its a billionth of a second difference. This thing is TIME.
We all have the same amount of time, but finding ways to maximize that time is the hardest part. Life and Business Coaches will always tell you this and tell you that they have all the answers, which some do. But its deeper than being given a system, its being willing and able to follow through with that system that makes you successful. And first you must find one that suits your needs.
I am a new dad to my third child, and he was born right at the peak of my boom in business. My oldest is 14 years old, then the two little ones are 21 months and 3 months. Needless to say it has been challenging. My wife is a a full time Nurse (RN) who loves her work, so we are both full timers. I now find myself having to relearn the balance of family and a career because the 3rd child is not 3 times the work of the first one, it has a multiplier effect and is more like 6 times the work.
So how does one find that balance? If you're like me, then you want to make sure your kids have all their needs met, and at the same time don't grow up wondering why dad is never around. Some might say wake up earlier or go to sleep later, but I cant stretch my day any further without sacrificing the quality of the hours I get during work. Falling asleep while prospecting is not a good recipe. On the contrary 4 hours of high energy prospecting is better then 8 hours of low energy prospecting.
A nanny is a great approach, but then I am stuck again in what I feel is a middle phase. Its like when you're a kid and your too big for the kiddy rides, but too small for the big rides. We are on the cusp of being financially secure enough to keep a nanny, but not quite there yet. Today, I am home because the babysitter had a death in the family. Not great for business, but at least I get quality time with the rugrats. So days like today where I am sitting on the couch with my laptop and speaking to clients during naps is something I yearn to be over with financially, but enjoy the bonding.
I would like to hear from other dedicated dads, who also must juggle their successful businesses. Thanks!