Chris and I are heading to Rome tonight where we’ll be meeting up with 20 friends and heading on our “friendymoon” cruise (like a honeymoon, but with friends).
Which brings me to the topic of Vacation.
You absolutely positively MUST take vacation. It is a requirement. It is not optional.
At Fab I have gone so far as to literally require every manager to take a vacation between the months of August and October so that everyone is rested and ready for the holiday push. My message to Fab’s managers is clear: If you don’t take vacation during this period, you’re fired. Seriously.
I take one vacation every quarter. During my vacations I try to get my mind off of work but in reality I’m constantly thinking about how Fab needs to evolve. My quarterly vacations help me get out of the daily grind and think up where we need to go and what we need to do to get there. Some of my best ideas and insights have come while on vacation. It’s critical. In addition to my personal vacations with Chris, Bradford (Fab’s other founder) and I have a regular practice of taking days off together to brainstorm Fab’s future while in a relaxed setting or while visiting some new foreign city. It’s critical. Major shifts in Fab’s business and new initiatives and projects were hatched while on vacation. It’s critical.
At Fab, we have 400+ team members who work passionately and tirelessly to help people better their lives with design. As CEO, a critical part of my job is to set the right tone and pace and make sure we don’t burn people out along the way.
Smile, you’re designed to take a break every now and again.
p.s. Anyone who says, “I’m too busy to take vacation,” is too busy doing the wrong things.
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