We’re constantly told to work as hard as we can, as long as we can, in our chosen field, and there’s obviously a lot of merit to that—luck favors the prepared; repetition produces results; working hard will get you ahead of the competition, etc. But there’s also much to be said in taking a step back—and doing something completely different for a bit.
At the beginning of the summer I was given the opportunity to take on a weeklong project that had nothing to do with my business. (I had completely reformatted my business about six months before that, and, not surprisingly, felt the need to work extra hard to get myself established.) Taking time to do something else seemed completely crazy, if not downright detrimental. Who takes a week away when they’re trying to get what’s essentially a new business going?!
Um, I did.
And granted, it’s not always possible. But the timing of this just happened to work out, it was an interesting opportunity, and the idea of a fresh perspective was enticing. I decided to do it.