There is more to life than work

Doesn’t our work routine get in the way of real life sometimes? We need to have interests which take our minds off the daily routine. Even if we enjoy our work very much, which I hope we do, we need to think about our surroundings, our family, our health and how we spend our time.

I like to walk most days. That is how I relax and often when I have my better ideas. I always have a camera in case I see anything that needs capturing. It is better than my phone, although that takes a decent photo.

I also read a lot, including fiction. Some think it is a waste of time. I believe the brain needs recreational exercise to stay fit.

Most of all, we need to spend quality time with our loved ones. This may all seem obvious, but I know people who never stop to think, are always in a rush, and forget to give time to their nearest and dearest. Because the more we rush, the less of life we see.

Business, family and friends

Rust Craft, circa 1950

Rust Craft, circa 1950 (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

This is a business blog, and I do not write much about family issues. Yet we cannot run a business easily without the support of our families and unless we are mostly happy. If we do not have these two essentials in place than we will struggle and our hard efforts in our work will be soul-destroying and destructive, rather than uplifting as they should be.

However, we cannot control all family matters and especially not when we have lost someone dear to us, as our family has done. That is why On Our Bikes has been quieter than usual, and also why my wife and I have not sent more than the few Christmas cards we wrote early on. It is a very sad time for us, and especially hard for my wife.

We need to think of our families and our special friends at this particular special time of Christmas, because they are the platform our lives are built on, including our businesses, and we need to give them our loving support, and benefit from theirs to us.

I do hope you all have a happy and peaceful time over Christmas and I wish everyone, including ourselves, a bright and successful 2013.

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Why starting a business is hard work for the brain

Holiday times are when we have space to think about the future, and for some it will be to seek new opportunities in starting a business.

When we go back to first principles to start a new business we need a business plan, and not just one for the bank. We need to think whether:

  • There is room in the marketplace for our business
  • We can stand out from the competition.
  • We have enough money to spend and to survive on before we get into profit.
  • If we borrow money we can pay it back
  • We know how to market and have done our research
  • We have support from our family and friends

We need to think hard about each of these things. We need to spend time going through each aspect. We need to think about lifestyle changes and the effect on our families and ourselves.

Getting on our bikes is never easy but it can be very fulfilling. It is not wrong to accept help along the way and even to hire someone else’s expertise or their bike of course. Just do it!

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