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How to Take a Vacation While Growing Your Business


If you want to go on vacation – go for it!

There’s a false belief that people have been spreading…

That ‘perfect time’ never comes. So don’t wait for it.

That going on holiday means your business will suffer.

And that is not true.

I recently spent 5 days on a small island with my wife.

I was on ‘vacation’ and enjoying a great holiday.

But I also worked.

“Say what Michael? You’re on holiday but you’re working? That’s not a holiday!” you say.

It sure is.

The belief that you can’t ‘work’ while on holiday is absurd.

My business is part of my life.

I enjoy it – that’s why I do it.

I take an hour or two out of a full day to talk with clients and close deals.

You need it. Your body and mind need it. Your family needs it.

One day I spent 3 hours ‘working’. Then we had a great lunch. Went on an amazing hike to the top of a mountain overlooking the ocean. Then had a drink at the local pub. Followed by a relaxing evening with great food and wine overlooking the ocean where we saw porpoises and otters.

If you believe that spending an hour or two out of a day makes your holiday ‘a failure’ you’re focusing on the wrong things.

On the second day on the island I closed a deal that easily covered the cost of our whole holiday plus some. That happened in 40 minutes.

Many consultants delay going on holiday.

They tell themselves that they’ll go on holiday once things settle down.

Once revenues are more stable. Or higher.

Don’t delay going on vacation.

You need it. Your body and mind need it. Your family needs it.

But it doesn’t have to be an ‘all-or-none’ decision.

That ‘perfect time’ never comes. So don’t wait for it.

And don’t feel you can’t do any ‘work’ while you’re away.

Your business is part of your life.

You simply need to adjust your priorities at different times.

Once you learn to make that adjustment, not only will you feel better, your business will be better off for it too.

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4 thoughts on “How to Take a Vacation While Growing Your Business

  1. Simon says:

    You’re so right with this Michael! We’re about to go away for two weeks and I’m definitely planning on doing some work while my wife is relaxing … and because we’re in business together, it’s with her blessing!

  2. Elliot Begoun says:

    Michael, This is so spot on. One thing I always struggle with is the over used phrase “work-life balance”. That says that there is work than there is life. To me, work is a very big and enjoyable part of life. What is important is knowing when and how to adjust focus and priority. Thanks for posting and I am glad you had a nice trip. Happy holidays to you and yours.

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