Well. After six days on the trot of massive over-indulgence that came to a natural end two days ago, I have now spent one day resting with a little working from home and today taking the bull by the horns with a surprising level of working and planning. I was intending to take until the 5th January as holiday, but decided I would rather do some catching up and workload clearing before New Year while I was in the right mood and mind-frame, so it isn’t such a chore and formidable prospect when I get back in to the office officially. Initially only setting out to answer a few emails and organise a few work tasks, I seem to have unexpectedly written a new business plan in the process. Nice. If nothing else, it has drastically improved my mood and given me new focus, at just the right time.
Now, I already have a blossoming career on the go as a yacht broker and company director; a job I absolutely adore doing and am very lucky to be able to do, and things are actually going pretty well for us – but a little while ago I decided that with such a risky position selling astronomically luxury items in what has been a very difficult market for a number of years and even though I am currently financially the strongest I have ever been, the best time to add another string to my bow would be when I have no pressure and good visibility for the future and not when things have already started going south or worse, when they have arrived at rock bottom. As I am acutely aware of the fact that it is incredibly challenging selling possibly one of the most niche products there is (we sell ocean-going liveaboard cruising catamarans, so not only do you have to be in to sailing, which is already one of the most exclusive arenas, you have to be in to catamaran cruising and have the money to partake in this…) I have thought for some time that it wouldn’t hurt to have a plan in place for if I ever need a new venture to pay the bills and keep me focussed. Plus, being that I work almost entirely under my own steam already and that I get to completely manage my time, I am able to gently start up something new at a pace and commitment level that suits me. Ace.
The main reason for all of this pre-planning for a fall-back is because I don’t think I could ever work for someone else again – an ideology that absolutely terrifies me. I’d be sacked on day 1 for insubordination, for sure.
On top of all that, I have even written a new blog post – another tick for the day and not something I manage all that often.
Happy New Year to you all.