The holiday season can be one of the busiest times of the year, and can be more stressful than most for so many reasons. With families still separated with travel restrictions, many of us aren’t able to celebrate with our families for a second year, and owning a business continues to look a lot different today. However, I believe that is exactly why instead of concentrating attention on end-of-year goals and plans for the new year ahead, we should all embrace the holiday season and use this time of thanksgiving as a great reminder to refocus on what is most important: family.

Don’t get me wrong – business is still on my mind, as it must be. We have employees with families of their own relying on our company to help provide for them. It’s a delicate balance for any business owner, and the pressure of meeting financial numbers is even more intense when you know others depend on your success. But it’s still important to remember that I have my own wife, daughter, grandchildren and other family members who all want, need and deserve my attention. Fortunately, as I’ve grown a network of capable leaders within Roofing & More, I find it easier to balance the demands of business ownership and the joys of family time.

Working to Live

Something I always write about in this article is the importance of making sure my employees have a great work-life balance and whenever a holiday rolls around, it’s a timely reminder to make sure I’m doing the same for myself. Because I love my job and am excited to return to work each day, it’s easy to lose balance and begin living to work, rather than working to live. Am I spending enough time with my family when I come home from work every day? Are we able to enjoy the holidays together, uninterrupted?

When the answers to those questions are “yes” and my employees and their families also have the right work-life balance, we all win. And that, my friends, is the definition of success.