What are you working towards? PART 1
Our industry is driven by extremely passionate and dedicated people who share a common goal of educating the masses on the benefits of technology in the home. However there’s a fine line between dedication and obsession - and the latter can come at a cost.
No matter what you are working towards or how daunting the road ahead may seem, it is important to keep a healthy balance between work and family.
Several years ago I found myself talking to a life coach about my seemingly insurmountable frustrations. “Tell me about your average week?” He said. “I work pretty long hours, travel three out of four weeks a month … and there’s a lot of pressure.” I said. “So this makes you frustrated?” He asks. “No … not really” I said. “What does?” He said. “It’s that I don’t have any time to do what I want to do?” “Why not?” He asks. “Well I have a nice house with a big garden which is what I thought I wanted … instead I spend the whole weekend mowing lawns, raking leaves, sweeping pine needles off my tennis court. I don’t get time to sit back, relax until Sunday evening … and then I’m too exhausted to enjoy it.” “Soooo” he said, “How do you feel when the first leaf falls onto your lawn?” I think the twitch in my left eye gave it away – his prognosis … I was OCD. How did I fix it? I got rid of the obsession and sold the house.
So what’s the main difference between passion and obsession? With passion you are dedicated to the cause, however you still have sight of your surroundings. An obsession is all consuming and can cause us to become totally blind to everything else – including the needs of others.
Most Custom Installers I have spoken to around the world would say they do a good job of juggling their work and home life. Ask their families and you’ll get a different answer. I remember being in the middle of a discussion with some of my dealers in Australia, where a wife started talking about her husband. “He’s out the door before 5am, gets home at 7pm, gives the kids a kiss, takes his dinner into his office and works on proposals and programming until 11pm then comes to bed once I’m asleep.” Sound familiar?
In his eyes he is making the ultimate sacrifice for his family. In his family’s eyes he is more interested in his business than them.
So how do you find a balance? Next time I’ll talk about the five ways to get the balance right!
E Simon Wehr Author's page Adelaide-born Simon Wehr is currently Director of Commercial Sales at Dana Innovations, parent company of Sonance, iPort and TRUFIG. Prior to moving to the US in 2010, Simon spent 6 years as Marketing Manager at Clipsal Australia, where he headed up the residential sector of their C-Bus home automation system. Simon spent over a decade in sales and marketing at Sony Broadcast and Professional and Sony Music, he has been a board member of CEDIA, an adviser to the Australian Residential Energy Management Forum, a steering committee member of the Australian Industry Group’s Smart Living Cluster and a contributor to the Victorian State Government Electric Vehicle Workshops.