The tax business is not a numbers business as much as it is a people business. During the season I get a chance to speak with a lot of folks and share many personal stories. I asked some of the more successful business folks what tips they could offer that were not of a business nature. This is what they shared. (Names have been changed to protect identities and stories shared with permission.)
#1 Self Care is Key
"I didn't start taking care of myself until after I had my first heart attack." Grant says. "What a wake up call. The only thing I had in life was work."
Take time out of your busy schedule for self care. Self care means different things to different people. For some, it may mean a little pampering and primping built into a busy schedule or working out at the gym.
For others it may be a night out on the town.
For me it means time away from technology with a combination of pampering, nature and lots of laughs. Whatever it means for you, there is consensus that it matters more than you may think. Self care renews initiative and gives you that much needed break from business that is just what the doctor ordered.
#2 Remember the People Who Matter
Harvey tearfully told me that his one regret was that he wasn't available when his children were small. "You don't get those days back."
I've heard this before. You never regret not getting that big deal as much as you regret not being there when your son or daughter scored that goal.
Carve out time for the people who matter most. Make them a priority early on.
I love learning from the folks in my life who generously share their lessons. I will take these two suggestions to heart.