It’s hard for entrepreneurs to take a break. For one thing, we tend to be excited about our work, so it’s not like we hate going into the office. For another, when we’re rolling ahead with some real momentum, it’s hard to even see that we could benefit from some stillness.
But some of the best ideas come when you slow down. Even if you have to force yourself to quit moving so fast.
I’m in Arizona today, where I try to come three or four times a year to get still. It takes a few days to shift gears. At first I’m a little edgy and unsettled, but after some hiking and other outdoor exercise in the desert heat, a few massages and some time by the pool, I can feel clarity begin to settle around me.
I wake up early and sit on my terrace with coffee to watch the sky behind the Santa Catalina mountains turn from black to blue. I scribble thoughts and notes in my spiral notebook, and suddenly I find new ideas crystallizing. Often, these ideas or realizations seem obvious in retrospect, but when I was back in the office moving a mile a minute, I just couldn’t see them.
This is where I’ve experienced some of the most pivotal moments in my business. It’s where I’ve had the ideas for a book or two; where it’s suddenly hit me that it was time for Tribe to shift direction or even reinvent; where I realized it was time to move from a virtual office to a real one, so we could have everyone at Tribe within the same four walls.
It’s also where I’m reminded, over and over again, that sometimes the best office is the one without four walls.