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Confessions of an Unrepentant Workaholic

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I tend to work more than the average person, however as a business owner that is my choice.

I do however receive commentary from others who don’t share my love for work.  I think I might have heard the following statement once or twice before, “When you are lying on your death bed you will not be wishing you put in a few more hours at the office”!

Obviously that is a fair statement and if the only thing I had done with my time here on earth was spend a lot of time “at the office” it would be sad.  I look at my life a little differently than that.  There are reasons that I work hard, and I think many of those reasons could apply to anyone.  Here are some of my musings about why I live my life the way I do and I make no apologies for it!

i.  Work provides me with the means to do things I could not do without this income;

ii  It allows me to provide a nice lifestyle for my family;

iii.  Like most people, I get a lot of pleasure from my achievements … so when I do well at work it feels good.

iv.  I try to keep my priorities right, I can’t remember missing an important event in my kid’s lives, and by important event I mean I made every game they played in, every recital, every school interview etc.  (Sometimes it meant tough travel schedules, but I made it work).  I don’t care where I am or what I am doing, if my kids need to talk to me (and they are not kids any longer) they can get me.  So I consciously choose to work these hours, this travel schedule, at this intensity level … knowing that if something more important comes along it will get the attention it deserves.

v.  My success at work gets me onto boards and committees where I can bring value to charities and to our industry.  There is great pleasure in that.

vi.  I was not born with money and so I have always had to work … if I have to work anyway why not do a GREAT job at it?

vii.  It took me a while to understand, but even before owning a business I never really worked for anyone… I worked for myself.  If I did a great job then my employers benefited but at the end of the day it is me and my career that has benefited most.

viii.  If I were on my deathbed today I might regret not having completed some things on my bucket list … but I would also be thankful for all the amazing things I have done with my life thus far!

ix. I don’t want an easy life… I want a life with challenges to face, goals to meet, some wins and some losses, but knowing I gave it my best.  Work is a big part of that, it stretches me and keeps my mind active, makes me challenge and push myself.  I certainly don’t want to see out my days knocking a ball around a golf course (apologies to all my golfer friends … but you know I mean it!)

x.  We all have choices and while I make mine, I certainly don’t assume that everyone should be like me.  I am however content with who I am … are you content with who you are?