What I Learned on Vacation

It already feels like summer is over and most of the tans have all faded. Indeed, most of my clients, colleagues and acquaintances have all had their summer vacations, if they were lucky enough to do so. I was very happy to have spent many days in the US with some on the beach. In this post, I would like to focus on what I learned while on vacation. These are all very obvious, but the reality of these truths seemed to have affected me much more this year than others.

1. Life is Expensive!

If you have a family, you know that even the simplest of vacations is expensive. The more adventurous you are, the further you go and the longer you stay, going on vacation costs a small fortune. Even traveling alone makes dents in your savings. In order to enjoy life, or at least to be active in exploring the world, success in our careers is key. Ongoing success, big or small, in our careers is a must to reach some level of fiscal confidence. This confidence allows you an opportunity to make more decisions, be they more risky or unique. Be sure to make a successful day every day in your work. This affords you many more options in life.

2. Working is FUN and EXCITING!

After seven days away, I was chomping to get back to work! The exciting frantic pace of everyday work be it in sales, finance, information technology, marketing or whatever ignites creativity and passion. When you are able to take ten to fourteen consecutive days off and truly get away, you are able to completely clear your mind. Make sure you have delegated your work or have asked colleagues to cover your responsibilities in your absence (you can do the same for them when they are away!). Working remotely each day while on vacation is NOT a vacation and you will never be able to clear your mind nor will you able to recharge. More often than not, it leads to more stress. Everyone should (must!) take time off to rekindle the spark, clear your mind and recharge!

3. Retire?

Being on vacation always raises the same question each year. How can people retire? I remember an interview with Elton John when he was asked why he continues to perform and tour. His response was simple but so true, and I paraphrase, “What else can I do. There are only so many days one can play golf. My life calling is a performer and I am happiest when I perform.” For me too! I am happiest when I am working. Having a break each year always recharges my passion. Having something you love “absent” in your live for even a week or two can truly show you what matters most, and makes you happiest, in your life.

4. Energy

To truly excel in your profession, I believe that energy is required. This energy gives you a glow that strengthens and motivates others and gets you through times when you must put in a great deal of time to accomplish certain tasks or milestones. A good and truly “unplugged” vacation completely recharges you for any task ahead.

Again, most of you know these simple facts, but I challenge you to take the time, delegate or arrange appropriate work cover, completely unplug and enjoy your family, and bask in the sun or climb that mountain. Careers are a marathon. Nice, long annual vacations are the water tables on your career “marathon” journey to keep you going and fueled! Enjoy life and make success happen every day!

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