There are moments when I realise that I’m lucky to have some fantastic friends around me. Whether I see them regularly or occasionally, they all bring a lot of positives to my life.
Tonight I’ve caught up with a friend that I’ve known for 20 years or so and this guy has always worked high pressure jobs and as a consultant for big corporates. For the last 8 years he’s been working up to 16 hour days, 7 days a week, flying all over the world and in the last 6 months, it all caught up with him. He had a nervous breakdown. As a result of that he’s now in the midst of implementing his exit strategy and tonight he confessed that he’s a bit nervous about what to do next. He needs an income but just isn’t sure on what the next steps are.
Even though I have no experience in corporate high flying I do have some life experience. My suggestion to him was to take the time to enjoy the extra time and explore options. I even gave him some homework.
I’ve told him that instead of absolutely everything in his life revolving around work I want him to do something just for the hell of it. He has strict instructions to watch at least one 5 minute Youtube video on something completely unrelated to work and just to watch it purely for the pleasure of it. Let’s see what he sends me.