Entrepreneurs need to turn it off to turn it on

30 May 2006

Joel Welsh

Joel Welsh, Chief Community Officer, is also the CEO of a new startup company ... Showcase U. Joel shares behind the scenes key decisions being made in the "Birth of a Startup" and knocks it out of the park to provide his own entrepreneurial wisdom.

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Entrepreneurs often don’t but they especially should. And when they do, they don’t really, at least not completely.

(I’m reminding myself of Yogi Berra’s famous quotes – my favorite: "If the fans don’t come out to the ball park, you can’t stop them."

I’m talking about time off. Small business owners are in severe need of totally turning off from their business once in a while. It’s healthy. Yeah, yeah, I know that we all know (look out Yogi!) so there’s really no need for me not to tell you not to.

So, I’m just gonna say – I did it.

I tried to do it starting Thursday night, and I ended up starting Friday noon. But I did it. From Friday at 12pm until this morning, Tuesday, at 8am. I had to force myself by going to a place that didn’t have an easily attainable internet connection. Oh, I could have paid the $8.50/hour at the local coffee shop & internet café in downtown Harbor Springs, but I didn’t. I grabbed my $4 coffee & walked out the door.

How’m I doing? Am I refreshed? Do I have previously unfathomable epiphanies?

Hmm. Not that I’m aware of, yet. But I did come at the day without the baggage of the day before still hanging on me. And that’s gotta count for something.

Of course, I have this disclaimer, straight from Yogi himself, "I didn’t really say everything I said."

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