Every three weeks I travel to Denver to study painting. My teacher is Kevin Weckbach, a Denver-based artist. I learn different things each session and continue to work on these lessons throughout the course of each month.
Why do I do it? Most entrepreneurs enjoy being entrepreneurs. Even so, they all say “when I retire, I want to do something else.” Here’s what I don’t understand: “if you like being an entrepreneur, why do you look forward to the day you retire? Look to what you love about being an entrepreneur while, at the same time, enjoying the gifts of the world.”
There are three types of entrepreneurs: the solo entrepreneur, who is in business for themselves. The lifestyle entrepreneur, who grows a business to to support his or her lifestyle. And then there are those who want to learn, grow, expand and create. They want to build a bigger future for everyone. I like to think that that is what I am doing with Payday HCM. I don’t even think of retiring. I do, however, paint weekly.
Why do I do it? Because it allows me total engagement in something that doesn’t directly involve what I do for a living. When I paint it is “my time.” I don’t have to think about work, or relationships or anything else. Not too long ago, whenever I would wake up at night, I would be thinking about work. Now I wake up to thoughts of mixing paints on my palette. It’s relaxing. It’s a great form of expression. It’s a great way to find depth in visual cues presented by the world around us. And it has taught me the importance of small but meaningful exchanges. Through my art classes I discovered that if you make something (like a painting) for someone, vs. buying a gift in a store, they will know it and respect it and feel grateful for it, no matter how humble the result.
Take time out. Rejuvenation is a critical. Many entrepreneurs are “on,” 24/7. Sadly, that’s the kind of schedule that does people in. You lose creativity, you lose critical thinking, and you lose your advantage. When you don’t take time off to do things other than work, little things start to bother you all the time. They say “don’t sweat the small stuff,” and they are right. But when you have no diversity of activity, every little thing becomes a big thing, and you lose sight of what to focus on. You become irritable and short-sighted.
So don’t think twice about your “guilty pleasure” me time. Commit to a schedule on non-work related activities, leave business out of it, and reap the business benefits.