Working Alone

July 18th, 2019 by under Business - General. No Comments.

Bill Glazer used to say being an entrepreneur was the “loneliest job in the world.”  Many days, I agree.

I was reminded of Bill’s quote as I walked on the beach, while I was in Florida. I observed animals both in groups and in solitude. Today, I want to address the ones that were alone and then next week, I’ll take a closer look at those that were in groups.

One of the things that was interesting was that it wasn’t just one kind of bird or animal that was alone, but a variety of them. I don’t remember ever seeing more than one great blue heron around at a time, but most of the others I have. 

It didn’t matter if it was an egret, a penguin, a dolphin or a seagull; I noticed them in both scenarios. And, it wasn’t just for a minute or two; it was for long periods of time…I watched them all.

The animals that were by themselves all seemed to be going about their business in a meticulous, yet peaceful way. They were focused, AND appeared relaxed at the same time. And, they were intently aware of what was going on around them. 

One of the things I found interesting was that dolphins typically travel in pods, or at least pairs. On two occasions, I saw just one dolphin swimming just off the shoreline.  It didn’t take long for me to notice another one swimming close by.

What’s the point of this observation and discussion, and what does it have to do with you or your business?

The animals in solitude just reminded me that we all need this time too. Sometimes we need it in our business to get things done. And, sometimes we need it in our lives, just to have some peace, to think, to process, to be. 

For me, I need quiet and dedicated time to get things done. Solitude is the way I am most productive. Then, like the animals on the beach, once I have accomplished what I need to, I am more than happy to rejoin the land of the living and interact with people.

Do you need long periods of quiet and alone time to be really productive?

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