By Peter Macfarlane for The Q Wealth Report
Need an offshore company with bank account fast? Then you’d better contact me this week, because next week I’m going on a month-long vacation to enjoy the European summer.
Are you surprised? Jealous? You may be. You might be thinking “Peter must be doing very nicely, thank you” or even “Peter doesn’t care about his clients.” But I am confident my holidays will pay for themselves many times over, and that the quality of my service to my clients will improve once I return, refreshed.
If you want to become wealthier and freer, you should seriously consider taking this kind of vacation too. Here’s why.
If you’re anything like me, you are addicted to the internet. I get hundreds of emails per day and process most of them myself. The daily influx grows all the time. This year, I’ve added RSS feeds from many news sources and blogs that I need to follow for my writing, which has generated hundreds if not thousands more headlines to read – every day!
Most of us now have mobile devices, that are not just phones but also give us email, news, and so on wherever we happen to be.
Here’s the secret. Once you realize that you can turn off the noise for a few weeks without the world coming to an end, you will find yourself liberated in a way that few people will ever know.
As a writer and businessman, having some time to get on with new projects undisturbed is of great value. But even if you’re not a writer, all of us need free time to contemplate without distractions. To spend time with family. To make plans for the future. To take a step back and see how far we have come, and set goals about where we really want to go. If we don’t know where we are going, we are surely not going to get there!
The danger of being in constant communication with the world is that you will fall into that classic trap of being “too busy earning a living to make any real money.”
Many people go on vacation, but don’t turn off the Blackberry. And as tempting as it is to “just check e-mail for one minute,” it really doesn’t work like that, does it? Any problem you find in your inbox will linger on your mind for hours or days after you shut down the computer, rendering “free time” useless with worry. It’s the worst of states – you experience neither relaxation nor productivity. Another important lesson I’ve learned is that time without attention is worthless, so you should value attention over time.
Will little problems happen? Yes. But put them in perespective. They can be solved. It’s also a great opportunity for team confidence-building: force your people to solve problems on their own, and you might be pleasantly surprised at how things work out. It will build their confidence and your confidence in them at the same time.
The important “big picture” thing is to move on with your life, know where you are going, and make things happen to achieve your goals. These things will more likely happen while you are sitting on the beach or by the pool relaxing, than they will while you are sitting in an office answering emails about trifling matters. And if you do make the time for the big picture goals but you puncture this time with distractions, you won’t have the attention to make effective use of it.
The challenge is to allow urgent things to “fail” – even for a few days – to get to the next level with your potential life-changing and wealth creating tasks.
That’s the challenge I’ll be taking when I leave for my vacations next week. You can do the same.
Editor’s note: This is adapted from an entry on Peter’s personal blog over at www.petermacfarlane.net where he writes about offshore banking, investing and financial privacy. If you would like to read more, considering subscribing to Peter’s RSS feed. You can use a simple web-based service like Google Reader to subscribe to news feeds. For further information click on the buttons to the right of the screen to add to Google, Yahoo etc.