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In sickness and in health

“A man too busy to take care of his health is like a mechanic too busy to take care of his tools” - Spanish Proverb 

I found out the other day that I’m currently recovering from Glandular Fever.

That diagnosis explains a lot….

It explains why I’ve been feeling unwell for weeks on end. It explains the persistent sore throat, the coughing and the other irritating symptoms.

Most of all it explains the fatigue.

Now that I’ve been told what was wrong with me, I’m amazed I didn’t identify it myself. In other words, once a medical expert had identified the problem the reasons for my malaise became blindingly obvious to me.

All my symptoms were ‘textbook’ – as was my response to them. As a fairly typical representative of the male of the species (and small-business owner) I moaned a lot and I wouldn’t go to the doctor. I soldiered on even though at the back of my mind I must have known things weren’t right.

...the reasons for my malaise became blindingly obvious to me!

But eventually I caved in and asked for help.

Thank goodness I show more concern for my business’s health than my own! These days, at least, I’m very happy to seek outside expertise to ensure Virtechs’ health and well-being. Not only do we outsource a number of the business’s functions, we also take advice and training from experts in others fields to ensure we operate as efficiently as possible and create the conditions for growth.

But it wasn’t always like this.

There were times long ago when I’d work long hours doing things I didn’t want to do for people I didn’t want to work with; I used to find it easier to keep working and ignore that little voice in the back of my mind than to face up to my doubts about the direction the business was taking.

None of this was good for my wellbeing! When, a couple of years ago, I took the first steps towards improving the business’s health I didn’t fully appreciate the positive effect it would have on me personally (my recent misery notwithstanding).

So nowadays I pay attention to my own health as well as my company’s; I don’t try to do it all, and I don’t mind asking for help where I need it – in business and in health!

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