5 Regrets of the Dying...
Some of you may be wondering what kind business article this might be. Those who follow my Rant's know that I often share content that is not typical in business publishing. This is one of those pieces.
It's been said, "The only things certain in life are death and taxes." As time marches on we continue to work hard to achieve our goals. I love what I do and I know I definitely work too many hours, but my perspective on this is starting to change. At 50-something, with a good business and a great family, I realize more than ever that there are more important things than working ALL the time. For instance, my son is 16, driving himself to places and looking at colleges. Geez...what happened to the little kid I used to play catch with? Click here for my Video Rant on this topic.
One of my good industry friends, Rod Brown, CAS, is the CFO of multi-million dollar distributor company, Made To Order... and who serves on the PPAI Board of Directors, takes off over a month in the summer to spend time with his family. Rod has a place on a small remote island in Washington. He says the cell reception is bad and Internet service is painfully slow there. I personally would go nuts ... but that's just me.
Rod shared with me a bit of what he's done during these summer breaks. "We have been traveling the world and teaching (our) sons to fish, to boat, to use tools, read charts and tides, tie knots, learn the ocean, the stars, and build a bonfire. We have rafted and canoed, rode the sand dunes on ATVs from Oregon to Baja, skied on water and snow and seen sights from Venice to Africa, caught fish from Alaska to Key West. I hope when I am done, looking back on life, I feel I did well with my investments."