Knowing this, it's actually better to ask a question that quickly goes to the root of what we're seeking while also bypassing a knee-jerk response of yes or no. So what is the better alternative question?
What would it look like if your business took an entire year off? Is it possible or crazy? What would the fruit of this endeavor look like?
In 2013, the entire Noodlehead Marketing team embraced an entire year of rest and release, a Sabbath Year (Shmita in Hebrew). At the time, I never heard of an organization taking a sabbatical (just individuals) and after extensive research to find an example, that didn’t change.
As we explored taking a year off for the company, we were limited in trusting God and the few scriptures he left on the topic to discover what it was and how to apply them to our upcoming year.
Once we committed, there was a roller coaster of wonderful and scary moments throughout. In retrospect, it was critical in instilling values and changes in me, my marriage, and elsewhere.
So while it may feel quite risky to do, taking a Sabbath year could be the best thing you ever do. It was for me.
Explore my story of taking a Sabbath year during the final season of the company
The following interview with Jason Long launches a new experiment exploring the stories and perspective from my friends, colleagues, clients, and mentors. These interviews will span multiple mediums to provide a platform for others to share how they grow themselves, others, and their small businesses.
In this discussion, I sit down with my friend and serial entrepreneur Jason Long who shares how he pushes himself to be a better person, partner, and leader. We also explore how a difficult season of his life culminating in a horrific car accident left him with brain damage. This moment in his life and business became the catalyst to change how he saw the world and what he deemed as most important. In the conclusion of the interview, Long leaves us with two tactical insights worth embracing in our daily life.
Click to watch or listen to this interview with Jason Long about growing our life