Why Do I Work? To Eat and Take Time Off

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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.

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Ruby Lee Sweeting
Darville Wong Associates Realty Bahamas
Your Bahamas Agent for Relocations & Second Homes

Tammy, wise man your dad and you obviously learned well. Good lessons...subtle reminders that we must have focus and balance - 'all work and no play...'. Great looking family.

Aug 24, 2011 10:25 AM #1
Tammy Emineth
Personal SEO - Website SEO and Real Estate Marketing - Marysville, WA
Content Marketer, SEO Teacher, Website Fixer

Thanks Ruby! Yes he is VERY wise! :)

Aug 24, 2011 11:20 AM #2
Anita Clark
ColdwellBanker SSK Realtors ~ 478.960.8055 - Warner Robins, GA
Realtor - Homes for Sale in Warner Robins GA

Working for retirement and fun.  I've been pretty good this year about making ME and US time inspite of some insanely busy days, weeks, and months.  I believe finding a good balance is the key (for me anyway). 

Aug 24, 2011 11:28 AM #3
Lisa Dunham
Alexandria, VA
Associate Broker, Alexandria Virginia Real Estate

I learned a long time ago that taking some "ME" time is very important!  Nonetheless, I am still not very good at doing it.  I really have to do better in this area.  Thanks for the reminder.

Aug 24, 2011 01:38 PM #4
Rebekah Radice
Imagine WOW! Digital Marketing Agency - Burbank, CA
Social Media Marketing, Coaching & Training

You and I have a lot in common Tammy...very wise fathers and the ability to work way too much!!  I have really tried to teach myself the lesson of slowing down and enjoying every moment this year.  It's too easy to work ourselves to the bone and not appreciate taking time off with those we love. Looks like you had a great time in Washington!

Aug 24, 2011 02:36 PM #5
Deepak Chauhan
Versailles Property - Irvine, CA
Irvine, CA ... the place to be

Welcome back, your batteries must be fully charged now.

I was missing your blogs

Aug 24, 2011 05:17 PM #6
Conrad Allen
Re/Max Professional Associates - Webster, MA
Webster, Ma, Realtor

Hi Tammy - Great testimonial to your father's wisdom and work ethic.  It looks like the apple didn't fall far from the tree.

Aug 25, 2011 12:43 AM #7
Louise Thaxton NMLS 69996
Fairway Independent Mortgage Corp Louisiana NMLS#2289 Equal Housing Lender - Leesville, LA
Military Mtg Specialist - 866-960-9115 VA FHA USDA

Tammy - beautiful blog and beautiful family!

Aug 25, 2011 08:23 AM #8
Maya Swamy
Funds Available - Long Beach, CA
Ph.D. Long Beach, CA - fundsavailable.com

Tammy - Good reminder for me. Other than days or weeks in the hospital I haven't taken time off in 6 years. Your Dad seems like such a complete and fulfilled himan being.

Aug 25, 2011 08:44 AM #9
Christine Smith
Buyers Brokers Only LLC - www.BuyersBrokersOnly.com - Canton, MA
Exclusive Buyer Agent & Attorney, Canton, MA
So true Tammy. It is all for the family so not as much worth it if we do not take some time to spend with them. I took today off for lunch and shopping with my girls!
Aug 25, 2011 02:47 PM #10
Kristin Hamilton CA Realtor
Sun Lakes Realty - Banning, CA
(909) 557-6966- Specialize 55+ Communties Banning

Hi Tammy,

Great article and that is why I got into Real Estate. I had a demanding career and I could never get any time off so I made the decision it was time to retire and set my own hours. I had many good times with my mother before I lost her in 2009, I made all my daughters volleyball games in high school and in college, I go shopping frequently, spend time with my husband and daughter, swim with my 3 dogs but still work 7 days a week. But I set my own hours. We work so we can play. Thanks for the great article.

Aug 25, 2011 04:15 PM #11
Tammy Emineth
Personal SEO - Website SEO and Real Estate Marketing - Marysville, WA
Content Marketer, SEO Teacher, Website Fixer

Thank you all for the kind comments! :) Good to know that work is not all there is to life.

Sep 03, 2011 08:56 AM #12
Rosalie Evans
Meritus Group Real Estate - Sioux Falls, SD
The Evans Group, Sioux Falls, SD Homes For Sale

I like to eat and take time off. It seems lately I have been doing the eating part but not so much the other part! Regretably my behind bears witness to this! I do need to take some time off before I go crazy and burnout! This burning the candle at both ends is for the birds! Perhaps I could go the the gym! 

Dec 28, 2011 03:08 AM #13
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