One of the things that I think is important to understand about running a business – and this was re-iterated to me during my week off – is that your business doesn’t define who you are. To me, your core values and beliefs, the relationships you have with others, your experiences, those things define you.
In my week off I spoke about business for probably a grand total of 5 minutes. I spent a whole lot of time doing a ton of things that interest me a lot, and none of them have to do with Pure Adapt.
Take from this what you will, but during times of stress I find that acknowledging this helps take the pressure off. Inevitably, I will still go on whether Pure Adapt becomes a billion dollar company or it falls apart. As long as I have my basic needs met and my friends and family to share life with, I’ll have the opportunity to be happy.
Before I left, I was a little bit stressed out about what I needed to accomplish this year, and the importance of the tasks ahead. The business and personal commitments of the holiday season wore me out. But now, all I see is an exciting opportunity to work hard this year and grow our company.
Sometimes you really need a vacation.