One thing you’ll learn fast as the CEO of a new startup is that the holiday season no longer applies to you. As December does what it always does, starting slow and then accelerating at the speed of sound whilst your taking a coffee break, leaving you 0.5 of a millisecond to get all your pressies and what not, I have been surrounded by friends and family who are taking half-days, annual leave, going for long, fancy lunches with colleagues and just generally winding down at work before the holidays begin.
This is one thing that definitely does not apply when you are a CEO, especially one of a new startup that represents your dreams and goals. Whilst many of my friends and acquaintances seem to be taking it easy before a few well-earned days of annual leave, I am very much in nose-to-the-grindstone mode. Those of you who follow the BODO blogs and facebook pages, will know that we are gearing up for our launch very soon and that of course means I am busier than usual.
Now I’m not begging for sympathy and asking anyone to get their mini-violins out and start playing me concertos, I’m simply telling it like it is. Of course I’d like to have more personal time to visit friends, family and loved ones during this time of year, but that’s just not the way it’s going to be for me and accepting that fact makes it much easier to swallow.
Sacrificing the holiday season, your weekends and a lot of your personal time is something that you are going to have to make peace with if you want to run your own company. Because I am so dedicated to seeing BODO succeed, it makes it a little easier to swallow, but to all my friends and family reading this, I hope you guys can find it in your hearts to forgive me if I miss the odd meal or gathering because I’m working!