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As you can probably tell, I really liked Bob. He was a good man.
But, he taught me completely the wrong lesson.
On one of our nights out, we got back home in the early hours. We piled into the living room and started chatting away. I don’t remember exactly, but Bill probably put on the sex scene from the beginning of Betty Blue (he had a tendency to do that – it was quite embarrassing the first time he showed it to me as his mum was in the room, saying “not that again William”).
Bob comes charging into the front room, yelling at us, because we were making too much noise. Fair enough; it was either very late, or far too early.
But the thing is, Bob was working.
I don’t know if he’d not been to bed. Or if he’d just got up early.
He used to say that it was the only way he could get all his paperwork done.
You always hear of the never ending struggle of the small business owner. How you have to do the 70-80 hour weeks. It’s hard work that will see you through.
Well, it’s not true. I learnt entirely the wrong lesson from Bob that day/morning.
Take action: Get the right systems in place, make sure your people know what they are doing, because frankly, you shouldn’t be working in the small hours.
PS: I’ve really struggled with this over the years. I still do. It’s not easy. I’ve got a really simple method to retrain my brain and make me take the time off. If you’d like to know more, mail me at firstname.lastname@example.org