We’re all getting older. And for those of us in the compliance world the compliance work never seems to stop.
For those of us who are business owners it never seems to get easier. There’s the mundane but critical daily “urgent” tasks that crop up, that seem to stop us taking a step back and looking at the big picture. There’s the distractions that we invite, like looking at social media on our iPhone, or answering the never empty email inbox. At the end of the day we collapse at home, maybe with a beer or not, and try to numb ourselves to what we are doing. Are a lot of accountants just marking time until they retire?
Maybe a lot of us had a dream when we were younger. And maybe while our dreams change during our lives, its super important to recognize themes in our life. Things that we like, that we can see may change slightly as we get older, but still carry through the ages. It is these themes that give us our greatest sense of peace, and our greatest sense of achievement.
Themes might be music, dancing, a love of the outdoors, a love of the ocean, flying whatever. When we are younger perhaps in our flying theme we’ll skydive, then perhaps learn to fly an ultralight or something else with not a lot of stability, then later learn to fly a plane or a glider.. And maybe we’ll still be flying into our 60’s and 70’s.
What is important, is not to lose sight of our themes, so even if our dreams do modify slightly, then we’ll still have the basic understanding of what makes us happy.
The second most important part of following your dream is to make sure your business can operate without you physically being at your desk. And by this I mean, yes you can still be involved with the business, making the sales calls or whatever floats your boat, but you need to be able to step back for a week or two, and the company runs itself. Other people can make the sales calls if needed (and let’s face it, as a business owner we struggle to accept they’ll probably do a good a job as us), but it is critical for organization growth to allow this to happen.
As the owner of Odyssey, I’ve been through this process, this journey. I let go of pieces of what made me come to work, until a couple of years ago a family illness forced me to be absent from work for 2 months. The company didn’t fall apart, and I was forced to hand over some important things. The last 2 things I handed over were the banking, and the emails.
And now that the business runs like a compliance factory, churning out over 30,000 jobs annually, all that needs to be done is to ensure the quality continues, and that the systems and processes are in place to allow natural growth.
And, at the same time, this allows time to follow my themes..
What’s your dream?… Everybody has a dream!!