I have to admit that I'm from a generation that believed that the "elders" knew all and that children should learn from the fount of all wisdom: their parents.
But as a parent of several in their twenties (and one on the verge of turning 30), I have learned something from them. They don't struggle with "work/life balance" like we did. They automatically prioritize their lives outside of work as much or more as their work life.
All my adult life, I have prioritized work ahead of anything else. I believed that was required to get ahead. I have been successful in my career, but there was a price. I saved up "living" for later and now the people I want to do my living with are grown and gone.
The lesson I have learned from my children is to live my life NOW. Maybe that means I earn a little less money. Maybe it means I spend a little less on tangible goods. Instead, I should get out and do things that are fun with people I enjoy. That might mean taking time off to travel. Or it might mean going for a drive in the country when the weather is nice. Or maybe it is taking the dogs to the Dog Park.
If you own a business and are anything like me, you ARE your business. You spend all your time at the office. If you aren't there, things will go the hell in a handbasket. Part of our self-esteem comes from the dependence of our companies on US to make sure everything is done right.
If that is the case, then there is no time to spend living. All our time is spent working. You're stuck, right?
Wrong! You have to change how you operate. Remember Einstein's definition "Insanity: doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results."
You must learn to get the information you need to satisfy yourself all is well while others do the work. We work with companies to ensure the right information is going into the system so you can get the right information out of the system. When you get the right information to track the pulse of your company, you no longer have to be the heart -- you can delegate to others.
Of course, you also need processes and procedures to be developed and documented so that each person knows what is expected of them.
When you take the steps to reduce the company's dependence on you the owner, you free up your time to start living outside of work. The added benefit is you will increase your company's enterprise value because it runs without you directing every step and every action. This makes the company more valuable to those who might consider acquiring your business. And it means that you might be able to exit your business without being tied to it after acquistion.
Are you ready to take that first step? Contact me. What do you have to lose?