It is somewhat comforting that our TV shows and films are full of inept characters being undone by powerful people. Not all the main protagonists are corrupt or just pathetic. This mix gives us some entertaining and timely TV shows and films, to savour or enjoy. Public displays of resignation or leave-taking is something most people do in their personal lives at some point, whether through marriage or sadness. These characters are at the end of their tethers, either through professional life, family issues or personal pain.
As someone who has seen dozens of long-term ‘promotions’ throughout my career, I take time off from running my company for myself and my loved ones. I often give them notice, check I’m not sick, make sure I have enough food in the fridge and whether it’s hot or cold. In December when I tell my staff in my office that I am moving to another office, my last day is a bittersweet moment. I admit, it was not an easy decision. As my wife taught me, when I move home, change is always hard. I also admit that leaving my company was a choice I made that will affect the future growth of my business. In my previous role, I made many promotions which gave me a long-term leadership position, and a longer time at the top. I loved it. I did not think for a second that it was not the place for me, that I could not accomplish what I needed to. Now I am back to a more normal lifestyle and it is terrifying to walk into my old office. I did not always walk past it thinking “only when I’m gone, can I make myself feel at home.”
As you can imagine, I didn’t enjoy the transition. It takes time to emotionally change into a new environment. I miss my colleagues and things I worked with every day, but I look forward to going back to being a home owner and spending more time with my family. In my time away, I missed writing, blogging, and getting to know my customers better, and now my new role does both. When you use whatever skills you have, you need to turn off your brain and be present, but not 100 percent present. I am getting to the point now where it’s okay to use all my tools, so I am using them much more.
When my kids were younger, I used to tell them “all the time we are blessed, and any time we have, we should use it and make the most of it.” Now I am thinking less of our circumstances and more of how to be more proactive and fill every moment with one thing that makes me happy or something I need to do in order to grow the business. I will take on more projects and participate in mentoring programs, use my connections to help out those starting their own businesses and spend more time on networking. I have also developed ways to spend less time at work and more time with my family. That is exciting, liberating and easier than you would think.