What I learnt from 'volume down' time
I had an epiphany this summer.
‘Annual leave’ doesn’t enter into a founder’s vocabulary — and yet we also know that as founders we need to recharge, in order to bring our very best to the business. For me, a two week holiday always turned into more stress. I felt out of control, guilty about not being at work, not giving the family my full attention, frustrated that I was still working on the beach. No one was winning — least of all me!
So I knew I had to find a new way, a way that would allow me the space to think creatively, but one that didn’t feel too constrained with expectations to ‘switch off!’ or the classic idea of ‘OOO’.
I always say that as a founder you’re constantly learning new things, the moment you think you ‘know it all’ is the moment to question if you are moving the company forward.