So you want to own your own business. I will admit, sometimes it is as sexy as it sounds, but it usually isn’t. I’m supposed to be sitting on my couch, sipping a cup of glorious coffee, enjoying the afterglow of my triumphant 90 mile’er yesterday and enjoying my first real break from work since Christmas week… Unfortunately a storm blew through early this morning and knocked our power out and I have work to get done that I easily could have accomplished from the comfort of my home.
So here I sit in my office, where I do have power, so I can hopefully get enough done before noon that I can scoot home and enjoy the rest of the afternoon with my wife and girls. Of course, if I’d been working for someone else, this time would have been scheduled off and my responsibilities would have been delegated elsewhere and I’d be home where I belong enjoying some much neeeded relaxation time.
Unfortunately that’s not how things roll when you own the place. You’ve gotta make sure the work gets done so your people can feed their kids – and you can feed yours. There are definitely advantages, but it takes a lot of motivation and drive to get the job done when you had your heart set on hanging out with those you love the most, after a seven month stretch without a vacation.
While the miracle job does fall from the heavens from time to time, the surest way to make sure everything works is to get everything done on time – and contrary to popular belief, that always has to start at the top and work its way down. The early bird does get the worm, there are no points for second place, and it isn’t always a walk in the park.
It just is what it is.