My wife Linda is always telling me that today is the start of a brand new day and to make it a great one. Normally, I respond automatically, “ok, honey you have a good day too” and head out the door. Last week, I did the same thing, but, as I drove away, I had to do a re-take on my actions and thoughts. And here is why.
As I drive away to go to the first project of the day, my son Charlie is sitting in the van next to me. He is reviewing the work orders, asking questions, making observations, preparing for his part in our day. Our conversation is quick, efficient, as we rely on years of shared memories to cut to the chase. And that is what it is like to work with him – quick and efficient. He knows what to do next, he knows what I will do next. He knows the quality we both demand and we constantly check and catch each other as we go. Each of us helps the other double our output. And the day is so pleasant because of it.
At the end of a long day, we drive home, mission accomplished, job well done. At home is another member of our team, Linda. She keeps the business going, does the things we don’t even know need doing. If our timing is right, my daughter Katie will be around the office too. She is the business photographer and will take professional pictures of some of our bigger projects. She also keeps me supplied in great coffee, jokes and hugs.
Because of the work done by all 4 of us, our company is beginning to thrive, allowing us to have the kind of personal life we all want and dream about.
Charlie cleans up, grabs his guitar and heads out to play music with his band. Katie grabs her camera, throws a kiss my way and zooms off to her next appointment. Linda steps away from the computer, grabs her gym bag and heads to the gym.
Before I launch into another task, I sit back, relax and marvel at my perfect life. This really was a great day, what exciting things will tomorrow bring?