Recently, my daughter came with me on a trip to Nashville. We had a tremendous time together, but it wasn’t all about having fun.
Here are the lessons I learned from traveling with my daughter.
It’s possible!: A lot of people thought I was mad when I said I was taking my daughter on a business trip, and most of those didn’t hold back it telling me. But it worked. Corporate housing associates booked our accommodation and it was perfect for the two of us. We had fun AND I did all of the work I needed to.
R&R will help you catch your breath: When I saw R & R, I am not talking about rest and relaxation. Instead, I mean reconsider and refuse. In order to bring my daughter on a business trip with me, I needed to reconsider what work I am doing and refuse some projects. Doing so allowed me to catch my breath and enjoy my trip.
The Way Things Are Supposed to be is Getting in Your Way: Just because things are done a certain way doesn’t mean they should be done that way. Policies, procedures, and tradition could be getting in your way of getting big work done.
I need to Make it Worth Your Time: If I am going to be on the road and away from my family, I need to make it worth your time or I am wasting my time.
Don’t let perfect get in the way of done: Too often, we let the pursuit of perfect get in the way of just getting the work done.
We need to play more often: Sometimes all we need to do is play.
Ask for Advice, not a job: If you ask for a job, you will get advice. If you ask for advice you will get a job.
Time is more important than anything else: Forbes Riley told me she had everything she wanted, now all she was after was more time to enjoy what she has. Her comment inspired me to pursue the time to enjoy now, rather than later after I feel like I have accomplished everything I wanted.