My father owned his own aircraft mechanics business for over 45 years in Port Angeles Washington. Although retired now, this past May I got to witness him receive the Charles Taylor Lifetime Achievement Award for Aviation Mechanics on his 70th birthday. It was a proud day for all that attended.
I have always respected my father's work ethic. I have never met anyone with more integrity than him. He once told me when I was 16, "wherever you work, treat it like your own business and you'll never go wrong". I have always taken that advice into every business I have worked at whether it be my first job as a Barista (which I loved!) to my own business now (Personal SEO).
I just returned from a two week trip to Washington to visit family and friends and during a business conversation with my dad he said the only reason he worked was to "eat and take time off". That certainly stuck with me. That can go for a number of things from investing [so you can eat long after you retire] to providing food for your family, shelter and an overall sense of security. The second, "to take time off", is really a great reminder for me. I tend to find myself working what seems like ALL the time. Whenever I have a spare minute I must return emails, send out reports, or write another blog for someone.
But really what is the point of working if we can't enjoy our life? One of my favorite blogs I wrote a while back "Stay Hungry - Live Happy" was a great reminder of how precious our lives and our families are. If I spend all my time working, sure I may have plenty to eat, but never have a moment to take off. What's the fun in that kind of life?
So why are you working? For fun? Retirement? Security? To eat? To always get more? To keep up? To Take Time Off? Because you have to?
Think about it.