Will they survive without me?

By Mike Novakoski – May 24, 2017

There are times in our lives we can’t seem to see that we need to take a formal break from our work lives. We think we are somehow indispensable, and the show can’t go on without us (or at least not nearly as smoothly)!

We each bring something to the table that is unique and valuable, but let’s not kid ourselves — most of us are surrounded by people who are highly talented and can quite easily cover for us. Their willingness to pick up the slack during our temporary absence allows us a valuable and necessary break for which to detach, relax, re-energize and focus on what’s most important…our families and our own sanity!

I am blessed to have the undying support of my co-workers when I take a break to spend time with family and friends.  We support each other and look for ways to lend a hand so that when someone is away they don’t ruminate on work. They can be present, focused and enjoying the moment.

There have been many times throughout my career that upon returning from a vacation I was pleasantly informed of the many great things that happened while I was away. Some of my work mates like to kid me that, “We land more work when you’re away than when you are here!” I assume it’s my ego that makes me want to think I’m more important than I really am. It’s both humbling and gratifying to know that I don’t need to be there 24/7 and the company can thrive without me.

I write this blog having recently returned from a spring break trip with my 19-year-old son, Noah. We had a remarkable time and shared experiences that will be cherished for a lifetime. Additionally, I had quiet time to read and relax, to connect spiritually and to contemplate the status of my marriage, my relationship with each of my four children, and of course lots of other things including much reflection on the business (hey, no one’s perfect at complete detachment right?!).

As I headed back to work on Monday morning, I was filled with gratitude. The time away helped me to cherish what’s most important to me. I have been re-energized and am excited for the year ahead. I was happy to have had the opportunity to go away for a week and also realized that I love my normal, everyday work life enough to be happy to be back as well.

Thank you to my co-workers. I’m ready to pull my weight again and a little bit of yours, too, so you can take a much needed and well deserved vacation soon!