Last weekend my wife and I sat on the top row against the wall to experience our first Eagles concert. Being the planner and organizer I am, I noticed a few of the mistakes made in the show – light changes and other programing. I’ll bet most of the people there did not notice it; that is just the way I am. But it got me to thinking: these guys are not as young as they used to be.
The people attending this show ranged in age from 10 years old to 80. They all came to see Glenn, Joe, Don, and Tim one last time and, as a bonus, also got to see Bernie. An interview I read in the local paper with Don Henley talked about the idea of the history of the Eagles, which was laid out in the recent TV movie and DVD set and is now the foundation for their world tour. In the interview, he spoke about how this will likely be their last tour, as they will all be in their late 60s when it’s finished in a couple of years.
I watched the show not just with its entertainment value in mind, but with the eyes of a business writer, a coach, and a Rock ‘n’ Roll speaker. I paid attention to how many workers they had — from guitar tuners and handlers, to stage crew, break-down crew, extra musicians, drivers, and so much more.
I wondered how they felt getting back into the sync of working together with their Hell Freezes Over tour back in ‘94. Now they’re starting another new tour where most of these guys are in their 60s. I related that to my own life where, in the past month I spoke at 10 events and rode close to 4000 miles on the motorcycle. Last week it just came to me that it’s time for a break. I took the weekend off, something I rarely do.
So what do we do when we get out of sync in our business? I am rarely the guy to say, “Take a few days off,” because I believe the same work you left when you took off will be there waiting when you return.
So over the next few days I am going to write about getting a system in place to keep one in sync in business and life; to know when and how to step back and look to see if you have to get your system back into sync and make your business magic happen again.
In the comments section, share with me how you get back in sync when you feel out of control. I am finishing up my travel and look forward to four days at home this week before I hop on the motorcycle and head to the east coast for several events in a matter of 10 days.
I’m Tim Gillette, creator of the Rock ’n’ Roll Keys to Business Success. It’s time to take action and start living your dream. Are you ready to change and make 2013 rock?
PS: The new book, You CAN Always Get What You Want, is now available! Stay tuned for the launch. Look for it on Amazon, Barnes & Noble online, and coming to a bookstore near you.